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4. Nicki Minaj

Nicki is only in her first season as ‘American Idol’ judge, and while it’s still unclear whether or not she’ll return next year, the fiery rapper seems to have won over fans of the show. The reason Nicki’s made it so high on our list? Because it was an overall surprise to see her taking the show so seriously and becoming invested in the competing artists.

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