With season twelve of American Idol ready to kickoff, Nicki Minaj stopped by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday night to speak on her new role as judge on the reality competition show. Dressed in her trademark color of pink, Minaj discussed the reason she took the Idol gig, her past history of acting, wanting to be a bus driver as a kid, and being an aggressive driver living in Los Angeles.

After returning from break, Nicki touches on her appreciation for fellow Idol judge Keith Urban and her love for country music. Their talk eventually leads to her much publicized feud with Mariah Carey, what she’lll be looking for from contestants on the show, and a memorable audition from a young woman she refers to as “Big Crazy Barb” on Twitter. The new season of American Idol premieres this Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST on FOX.

Catch Nicki’s visit to Jay Leno after the jump…..

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