Nicki Minaj Is ‘Next Lady Gaga’ Says ‘Regis & Kelly’

By Kathy Iandoli

Nicki Minaj joined will.i.am on “LIVE! with Regis & Kelly” to perform the hit single “Check It Out” this morning (October 11). The Nickster sported a multi-colored vinyl dress with her signature Barbie blond tresses and what appeared to be monster Giuseppe Zanotti heels (that’s the monster shoe). Delivering her robotic verse with precision, Nicki breezed through the pop-driven with animation and freeze frames proving her stage presence is improving with each show.

Once the pair’s performance ended, it was all eyes on Nicki as Regis and Kelly fell all over the chart-topping femcee. At one point during the interview, Regis stated that Nicki Minaj was “the next Lady Gaga.” He then followed with “bigger than Lady Gaga!” An embarrassed Nicki just giggled and blushed, as will.i.am cosigned the talk show hosts’ compliments.

Kelly admitted that “Check It Out” was her workout song of choice and that she’s a huge fan of Nicki’s facial expressions.

“You can do those faces when you workout,” Minaj replied.

Last month, will.i.am and Minaj performed “Check Out” during the MTV VMA’s, as well as on “Late Show With David Letterman” last week. The Buggles-sampled hit might not make the tracklisting for her debut album Pink Friday dropping November 23, but it’s obviously her most pop-friendly single to-date, thanks to Will.i.Am.

“I’m in love with will, I’m a huge fan,” Nicki told the morning show hosts. “I wanted to work with him so bad and finally he gave me the opportunity, and I was like ‘Yes!’ ”