Rap-Up TV: Fantasia Makes ‘American Idol’ Return, Talks Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey

Fantasia will make her return to the “American Idol” stage tonight, nine years after winning the title. She will perform her new single “Lose to Win,” but she’s not sweating it.

“This is the very first time that I’m not really, really nervous,” says the 28-year-old singer, whose fourth album Side Effects of You is due April 23. “Going back always reminds me of where it all started, which is a good thing. It’s a humbling thing for me.”

But instead of singing in front of Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, she will face new judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.

So what does Fantasia think of Nicki as a judge? “Whatever floats their boat. I always believe in change. Everything can’t stay the same,” she tells Rap-Up TV. “The fact that they changed it up, brought somebody else in, a little younger that can relate to the younger crowd and a whole ‘nother different type of music, hey do it.”

As for Mariah, “I would have to say that that was a perfect choice as well. Mariah is a legend. She is music.”

Fantasia has been watching the latest season. “I think that they have some very, very good talent on this year. I will always say that my season was the best season,” she says of Season 3, which produced stars including Jennifer Hudson.

While she wouldn’t name her favorite on Season 12, she is partial to one particular contestant from South Carolina.

Look for more from our interview with Fantasia in the coming days.

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  1. Jay-Me

    “…She is music”



  2. jefferysaywhat

    I Love Me Some Fantasia!!! Her “Side Effects Of You” Album Is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! And Fantasia Looks Too Damn Good and Well Spoken!!! I’m Getting My Copy Tuesday Coming Up… Keep On Doing You, and I’ll Continue To Keep Supporting Fantasia!!! ♥


  3. robin

    she looks effin amazing. no shade


  4. Vicki

    It’ll be interesting to see her tonight


  5. ras

    cant wait to get her album “side effects of you” on Tuesday


  6. Kate

    This girl is true artist


  7. Speechless

    Lol we all know she means Candice.


  8. eat my doo doo

    she looks smashable


  9. van

    Great job tonight on AI don’t stay away so long


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  11. king z

    fantasia u are doing sooooo welll this go round! someone has been working with you and they need all the praise they can get.

    you’re looking great, your speech (no shade) has improved dramatically, and you glow. you really glow. keep it up.


  12. cherry

    Watch idol she was amazing she looks so happy and even more beautiful love this album don’t let them take your joy of music away from you no more


  13. Tracey

    I really enjoy Fantashia’s new album. I love old school music and for her to create Loose To Win with Marvin Gaye’s backround is excellent. Keep up the good work your career is still going strong.


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