Watch Nicki Minaj Go Ballistic & Curse Mariah Carey Out On The American Idol Set
Well, consider the truce between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj officially OVER!
The two divas got into an fierce battle on the set of American Idol earlier this week, causing filming and auditions to be cut short in Charlotte, N.C. According to TMZ, Minaj threatened Carey and screamed, “I’m gonna knock you out,” after Carey proceeded to insult Minaj throughout the day. Taping was wrapped to allow both judges to cool down.
Host Ryan Seacrest dished about the diva showdown the next morning on his radio show On Air With Ryan Seacrest. “It got heated between Nicki and Mariah… It was intense! I’ll be honest with you… It went far last night. It did get intense,” he said. “These are all very different individuals with different perspectives and different opinions that provide for interesting conversation and dialogue and feedback for the contestants…[There's] nothing wrong with disagreeing . . . That’s gonna happen, and it’s okay.”
Despite the blowup, Seacrest says American Idol thrives on this sort of heated debate needed to rejuvenate the reality singing competition. “We want that,” Seacrest said. “We want them to be on this panel together. This is a good team, a great team, to go out and look for the next American Idol…the feedback that they give is very good.”
Rumors are swirling that the fight between Carey and Minaj might have been staged for ratings. But, Interscope Records chairman and American Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine dispels this myth. “Let me tell you, neither of these girls are shy,” Iovine told THR. “I was very bullish on Mariah. She gets songs and the process of producing. She really knows the studio. She has that experience, and let’s remember that most people going on these shows want to be Mariah Carey. Nicki is coming from a different place and another generation with her own incredibly legitimate opinions—some things that are important to Mariah will not be to Nicki. But, if they each bring their truth, you could see an incredible dynamic because they’re both smart as hell.”
Watch all hell break loose on the set of American Idol. Are you #teamNicki or #teamMariah?