It was waterworks for Nicki Minaj during a particularly moving performance on “American Idol.”
During the Wednesday night airing of FOX’s singing competition series, the flock of female hopefuls got narrowed down to five. But there was one performance in particular that struck a chord, at least for the “Starships” singer.
Zoanette Johnson was already on Minaj’s good side when she took the stage, decked in an animal print dress.
The Liberian-born vocal powerhouse blasted away the Nokia Theater with an interpretation of “The Circle of Life” from Disney’s Lion King. In short, it was fierce and Minaj was with her every note of the performance.
“Zoanette… Who gonna check you, beau?” said Minaj, getting serious after the performance.
She continued: “You make me so emotional, because when I think of you coming from Liberia, and all those siblings, and the fact that they’re going to get a chance to see you on this show… I am so proud of you.”
Then, Minaj did what Britney Spears could never manage to do on “The X Factor”: she got emotional, tearing up.
The judge, who was the first of the panel to stand up and give Zoanette a standing ovation, related to Zoanette’s story as an immigrant from Trinidad and Tobago herself.
It was a nice and very human moment between the two artists that will definitely go down in “Idol” history.
The live shows continue Thursday at 8/7 c on FOX.