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Nicki Minaj Dodges "American Idol" Return Question

Ray Mickshaw/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- Is Nicki Minaj leaving American Idol?  She won't say. 

Nicki came backstage briefly after the show’s season finale Thursday and took three questions.  One she chose not to answer was, "Are you coming back?"

Nicki was first asked why she didn't perform Thursday night since all the other judges did. She explained that she was committed to performing her song "High School" at this Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards, so she wasn't allowed to perform on Idol.  She also revealed that this season, she was supposed to premiere the song's video during American Idol, but Fox rejected it as being too risque.

Nicki then said that she felt that newly-crowned champ Candice Glover was "absolutely" the right person to win. When a publicist said the rapper would take one more question, several were shouted, and Nicki chose to take one about whether or not she was working on new music -- she begins work on her official third album in July. 

But as reporters shouted, "Are you coming back?" she blinked, smiled, and walked offstage.

Meanwhile, Candice's debut album, titled Music Speaks, will be in stores July 16 and is available for pre-order now. The newly-minted champ will perform on Live with Kelly & Michael on Monday, and will also appear on PBS’s 24th Annual National Memorial Day Concert, and on the annual special A Capitol Fourth.

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