When the house lights came up on Wednesday night’s "American Idol," judge Nicki Minaj was missing, The Hollywood Reporter’s Idol Worship reports.
"We are coming to you live and on time," host Ryan Seacrest said. He explained that Minaj was "stuck in traffic" on the 405. He "proceeded to keep the show moving along until she finally arrived, completely missing Curtis Finch Jr.’s hideous attire," the story says.
The article adds, "For a brief moment, ‘Idol’ viewers got to see what the show would look like sans Minaj, and we just want to say: ‘Nicki, never be late again, little ladybug!’ When she returned with her hoodie and sunglasses, she took her spot behind the table without missing a step, just in time to tell Janelle Arthur her song choice wasn’t up to par."