I’m live blogging the American Idol 12 TCA 13 panel right here… Look for A summary later.
FOX Executives, Nigel Lythgoe, the Idol judges and Ryan Seacrest were present at the panel. Mariah and Nicki barely tolerated each other according to this panel report from ET Online.
If you ask my opinion, the two seem to tolerate one another — barely. Throughout the panel, both made faces while the other spoke and their eyes nearly rolled out of their heads countless times. The more they were pressed to explain the feud, the more they seemed to get one another’s nerves. Needless to say, their fighting will be a storyline (both for the show and for the press) all season long, and is primed to boil over in the live shows once the editors no longer have control.
The reporters present whom I followed on twitter were very taken with Nicki Minaj’s “no bullshit” attitude. They also loved Keith Urban’s pragmatism. There was lots of eye rolling at Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey. One of Mariah’s big snarkworthy moments came when Mariah declared “Yay Nannies!” when asked about how she juggled work and “dem babies.” Heh.
Read the tweets below. They are very amusing.
@GlobeRodman: The “Idol” panel is on. Mariah’s in a hot green number. (Keith Urban led her out in a gentlemanly fashion.) Nicki is rocking a demure wig.
@KecksExclusives: #americanidol panel starting at #TCA2013 and #nickimonaj looks like she’s in line at the DMV. But big smile on #mariahcarey face. Cheerup NM
@Reality Blurred: “This is really an American show,” Randy Jackson says of American Idol. Season 12, and he’s still insightful.
@TVGuideMagazine: “This is still the king of the shows and the only one that makes stars, period” says Mike Darnell #americanidol #TCA13
@sepinwall: So cute how Randy and the “Idol” producers keep trying to convince us a female contestant still has a chance to win the show at this point.
@KateAurthur: Oh my god, Nigel Lythgoe is saying AGAIN that the “girls are stronger.” A WOMAN WILL NEVER WIN AGAIN, DEAL WITH IT. #Id …
@BastardMachine: Nicki doesn’t look happy about us questioning the veracity of said fued.
@MattMitovich: Props to Tim Molloy for calling out IDOL’s fake feudery. Now if either of the gals themselves would actually address it…
@RealityBlurred: Fox’s Mike Darnell insists feuds on #Idol are “authentic” and involve “everybody,” not just Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. #mmmhmm
@TVGuideMagazine: “It’s authentic. There is passion on this group and they disagree” says Fox reality prez Mike Darnell on the #americanidol feud.
@TVGuideMagazine: “This is a very passionate panel. There are a lot of strong personalities” says Mariah Carey #americanidol
@realityblurred: #Idol fans are blamed for Mariah, Nicki, et cetera: “they wanted honesty,” “they wanted people who were experts in their own right”
@BastardMachine: I like that Nicki Minaj hasn’t said a word or smiled yet.
@realityblurred: Nicki Minaj has said exactly nothing on this #TCA13 panel for #Idol so far. The passion is evident.
@BastardMachine: Minaj Watch: Two smiles, briefly. Hand run through hair. More later.
@GlobeRodman: Nicki & Mariah asked to say nice things about each other. They both do. Mariah manages to plug one of her albums in the process. #FOX #TCA13
@MariahCarey remembers working with @NICKIMINAJ on a song a few years ago: “I did feel that she was going to go very far.” #Idol #TCA13
@TVGuideMagazine: “I say nice things about Mariah all the time. She’s one of my favorite artists” says Nicki Minaj #americanidol #TCA13
@TVGuideMagazine: “I’m grateful for anything nice she or anyone would say about me” says Mariah about Nicki Minaj #americanidol #TCA13
@franklinavenue: Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj re-enacting a potential scene from “Nashville” right now. #tca13
@GlobeRodman: Although Nicki, was in fact much “nicer.” But really, she’s Mariah Carey. #Idol #FOX #TCA13
@thesurfreport: Carey says she was too shy at the start of her career to do a show like #idol. Randy says you gotta have nerves of steel.
@TVGuideMagazine: Keith Urban met Mariah and Nicki the night before they started shooting auditions in New York #americanidol #TCA13
@BastardMachine: Oh, Randy, be quiet. We’re not here for you.
@KateAurthur: Has @RyanSeacrest uttered a sound? He’s the new Minaj. Or he’s a hologram, and the real Ryan is giving notes on ‘Shahs of Sunset.’ #TCA13
@realityblurred: Nicki Minaj just won my heart by saying she won’t send people through just because of their “story.” #Idol
@BastardMachine: Minaj said the judges could sit there and literally do nothing and get paid. Kinda like what I’m doing right now.
@JarettSays: “If you actually listen, we’re giving amazing advice every week” – Randy Jackson, who has never given an amazing piece of advice EVER #TCA13
@TVGuideMagazine: A lot more girls were accepted to Hollywood Week this year, says Mariah #americanidol #TCA13
@MariahCarey admits it was really hard to say no in the beginning. “It’s tough to get that rejection. We’ve all felt it.” #Idol #TCA13
@tbrick2: I am actually really liking Nicki and Keith’s answers, both seem to understand that this is a job. #Idol #TCA13
@NICKIMINAJ says “I didn’t really have a problem saying no” because she didn’t like seeing passive judges on other shows #Idol #TCA13
@realityblurred: No joke: @NickiMinaj is sounding like the smartest reality TV music competition judge ever. She gets it. #Idol
#Fox’s Mike Darnell says #Idol judges were tougher this season because “they knew what they wanted pretty d— quick.” #TCA13
@TVGuide: “It’s only human nature that you’re going to get favorites,”
@NICKIMINAJ on trying to advocate for particular singers on #Idol
@TVGuide: Nigel Lythgoe: The judges are not mentors, so they get very frustrated too when singers don’t take their advice.
@TVGuideMagazine: How did the Mariah/Nicki feud get resolved? “I put out my sex tape” jokes Minaj #americanidol #TCA13
@BastardMachine: Well, it happened, they’re fueding.
@TVGuideMagazine: “It was one sided” says Mariah. “No it wasn’t!” counters Nicki. #americanidol #TCA13
@TVGuide: Adds Mariah Carey on Idol fued: “I think time sorts everything.” says she doesn’t like that the feud distracts from the contestants.
@realityblurred: Nicki Minaj and Mariah argue, and Nicki says, “This is what America wants. They want drama.” Yes.
@realityblurred: Also, Mariah doesn’t get it. Surprise. (She thinks the drama is a “distraction” rather than the point.) #Idol
@JarettSays: “I don’t think a rapper should be in this comepeition. That’s not what American #Idol is about” – Nicki Minaj #TCA13
@TVGuide: “Rap and hip-hop is completely different from @AmericanIdol..So I would never go on this show as a rapper,” @NICKIMINAJ says.
@RealityBlurred: Basically, Nicki Minaj doesn’t want rap music to be associated with this tripe. I’m paraphrasing. #TCA13
@KateAurthur: Sidebar: I once was at Peter Luger while Mariah Carey was on a date. There were also about six assistants and bodyguards. It was insane.
@TVGuideMagazine: “I know what it’s like to be crucified by somebody because I got crucified when I was nine by a judge” says Urban #americanidol #TCA13
@KecksExclusives: #keithurban says he was crucified on a show called Stairway to the Stars as a kid. I want to see that clip on #americanidol this season!!
@TVGuide: “Putting the fun back in dysfunctional” @MariahCarey says about the @AmericanIdol family between the judges and @RyanSeacrest.
@RealityBlurred: Nicki Minaj’s facial expressions and body language while Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey bullshit are gold. #Idol
@TVGuideMagazine: “The camaraderie with these four was really welcoming. I wasn’t expecting the warmth I felt” says Urban #americanidol #TCA13
@JarettSays: Jay-Z, Bob Marley, Enya – Nicki Minaj’s musical Idols #TCA13
@GlobeRodman: Keith grew up loving country and rock rock greats from Willie and Waylon to Springsteen. Mariah cites a LOT of peeps from Stevie Wonder to Kim Burrell to Al Green.
@TVGuideMagazine: “Without these three I don’t have a career or morning show” says Ryan Seacrest on the new judges #americanidol #TCA13
@TVGuide: “All of my great Idols are up here,” says Randy Jackson about his fellow judges to a notable “aw” from the crowd.
@TVGuideMagazine: 276 singers advance to #americanidol Hollywood Week this year, with boys and girls split between 2 weeks. #TCA13
@GlobeRodman: Nigel Lythgoe says 276 go to Hollywood. Tweaks incl. an audition tour to small towns & boys and girls separated until the top 10. #Idol #FOX
@BastardMachine: “Nannies help me out. Yay, nannies. For real.” – Mariah Carey, ending my interest in living.
@JarettSays: Nicki Minaj & Mariah Carey tried to squash rumors they hate one another at #TCA13 today. They failed. Miserably. http://t.co/o5LwE9KP #Idol
@BastardMachine: It appears to me that Nicki Minaj doesn’t tolerate much bullshit from others.