'American Idol': Nicki Minaj gets stuck in traffic, misses the show's beginning

The traffic in Los Angeles is legendary and now it has claimed another victim -- Nicki Minaj got stuck in that traffic on the way to the Wednesday (March 13) "American Idol" taping. As a result, only three of the four judges were present for the beginning of the performances.We first found out what was up when Ryan Seacrest pointed out an absence at the judges' table. Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson were all present, but Nicki's seat was conspicuously empty. At least it didn't remain a mystery for too long. Seacrest was still behind the table when he pointed out that Minaj was stuck in traffic and would be in the studio as soon as possible. There was some confusion as to whether the traffic jam was on federal highway 101 or on Interstate 405. Not that it matters -- both highways are notoriously bad in the hours surrounding rush hour...



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