Nicki Minaj Threatens To Knock Mariah Carey Out at Idol Auditions (Report) (VIDEO)

Ugh if Nigel Lythogoe planted this story at TMZ. Reportedly, Nicki Minaj flipped out on Mariah Carey at American Idol auditions in Charlotte today. The blow-up was reportedly so bad, producers ended auditions for the day.

Nicki Minaj derailed the “American Idol” auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina today, after swearing at her and threatening, “I’m gonna knock you out” … sources tell TMZ.

Multiple sources are telling us there was a blow up between the two … Nicki left, then came back and the fireworks continued, culminating with the threat. We’re told producers ended the auditions for the day so the two judges could cool down.

Big wigs on the show seem uncharacteristically upset by the blow up — it appears this was no joke and it seems producers are worried about Mariah and Nicki co-existing for the long haul.

VIA TMZ

UPDATE: Mariah’s husband, Nick Cannon weighs in: He’s really disappointed in the FOX and the producers for publicizing the fight. “I feel like it’s taking away from the quality of what Idol is all about.”  Watch the Video at BuzzFeed.

UPDATE via E News. Of course, Ryan Seacrest is a a producer there, and there isn’t a PR scheme E isn’t willing to push to the public. E! is the best friend a publicist ever had…

But an Idol source tells E! News, “This is the sort of thing producers considered might happen when they cast Nikki opposite Mariah, but not this bad and not this fast. They have to protect Mariah to make sure she doesn’t walk. After everything it took to get that panel in place, they need everyone, especially Mariah. She was their first choice.”

As for what Minaj allegedly told Carey afterward, the source adds, “Physical threats are taken seriously and [show producers and Fox execs] are still deciding how to handle. It’s not an easy call.”

UPDATE: Ryan Seacrest comments on his radio show this morning: “”It was heated” – @RyanSeacrest on Nicki/Mariah incident. “It DID go too far, to the point where the producers said ‘let’s call it a day.’”Those few contestants who didn’t get to see the judges, they’ll bring them back today. Ryan on the girl who was auditioning: “One of the executive producers walked her out. She did get a golden ticket, she’s going to Hollywood”

UPDATE: Mariah Carey tweets a response, “whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy” YIKES.

Nicki Get this s**t in self control. Get in control. Get in control.
Randy Settle down, settle down.
Nicki Don’t lose your head. Don’t lose your head (inaudible). Don’t tell me I’m a gangster.
Nicki (inaudible) every 5 minutes. So every time you patronize me, I’m-ma take it back, and if you’ve got a f**king problem, handle it.
Nicki I told them I’m not f**kin’ putting up with her f**king highness over there. Figure it the f**k out. Figure it out.
Mariah Oh why, WHYYYY .do I have a three year old sitting around me?
Nicki I’m not gonna sit here every f**king minute to have you come down and harass me every minute everyday.
Mariah I can’t see my kids, because you decided to act like a little crazy bitch and go all around the stage.

NOW WITH VIDEO Nigel Lythgoe SOOOO leaked this story to TMZ for the publicity.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Nigel is such a hyperbolic jerk. lol

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DY5236XYY2SBL7EJNTK5ROIGMA Madred

    Doesn’t sound like Nicki at all. She’s more the type to say she is going to F someone up. Sounds like planted drama for ratings. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/jenny.williams.391 Jenny Williams

    There’s a video coming shortly. We’ll see if this is a plant. I doubt it. Even the photo on TMZ depicts some sort of argument or fight. This seems legit. Catfight people.

  • lovesickheroine

    LOL I can’t wait to see the video!

  • Karen C

    If this is how it happened, I don’t think this is a good situation at all. 

  • chillj

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahhahahah!  Nice try, Nigel, but who cares?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jenny.williams.391 Jenny Williams

    Yeah, In the photo,it looks like Nicki is flipping Mariah off

  • http://www.facebook.com/jenny.williams.391 Jenny Williams

    According to this website, http://mouthtoears.com/2012/10/02/exclusive-nicki-minaj-and-mariah-carey-beef/

    Nicki Minaj walked off of set because Mariah Carey kept making jabs at
    her.  Nicki’s manager and team convinced her to come back to the show.
     Mariah kept at it and called Nicki a bitch and then proceeded to cuss
    her out.  Producers had to stop filming and call it a night.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jenny.williams.391 Jenny Williams

     Me

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    Maybe this was planned all along. After all, Idol usually operates better with three judges, not four. And, we know Nigel prefers three judges. Maybe we’ll be treated to a melodramatic, mid season walk out by a judge (Minaj). Heh. Oooh, there’s that grassy knoll!

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Aw, come on, Lythgoe baby. Plant the rumor that Carey and Minaj can’t stand each other because they’re both hot for your sagging British ass. Double-dog dare ya.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ann-Freeman/100000029986611 Ann Freeman

     Remove both of them!  We don’t need the drama

  • chillj

    Really?  

  • Chris

    Forget Nicki and Mariah – Poor Keith!  Stuck between two big wigged divas.  

  • abbysee

    Oh this is going to be a fun season. Maybe next Randy can call Keith a bumpkin and he’ll then call Randy a clown…..yipee. Catfights between woman are so “housewives of…….”. Certainly this isnt why they were hired?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jenny.williams.391 Jenny Williams

    Not planted. Genuine The VIDEO IS HERE –>  http://www.tmz.com/videos/0_iu8ed3kn NICKI MINAJ IS CUSSING OUT AND MARIAH IS BEING A LITTLE B*TCH

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    What can I say? I think Idol auditions are gonna be fun to watch again. Well played, Evil Nigel.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    What can I say? I think Idol auditions are gonna be fun to watch again. Well played, Evil Nigel.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    Is American Idol so desperate to imitate TVoice’s mentors “bickering”? Well good luck on that!!!  

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    Now, where exactly are the contestants and are we going to find a young, new, unsupported talent like, Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordan Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee Dewyze, Scotty McCreery, or Phillip Phillips? 

  • jlscott13

    This is so staged. After 11 seasons of this show, we all should be able to smell undercooked fish from a mile away. lol. 

    HOWEVER, I hope we get to see this fake drama. BRING IT ON!

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    RAWR CAT FIGHT!!! Love it!!! That’s probably why The Voice didn’t want to have another female mentor next to Christina and why The X Factor hired two women who are known for being sweetheart. I was about to not watch Idol but I will watch!!!! Good job Uncle Nigel

  • Karen C

    I was thinking the same thing, actually

  • http://www.facebook.com/jenny.williams.391 Jenny Williams

    Planted or not, I’m excited for Idol next year. Let’s be honest, we’d all like a bit of drama to spice up Idol’s rather bland and boring auditions, and this is perfect for that. I dont know about y’all, but I’m soooo looking forward to Idol next year, more so, because of this

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Maybe Keith Urban is the most lucky person in the world? He’s already a  talented musician, good looking guy and he has one of the hottest woman in the world. With these 3 cray cray arrogant self-centered people around him, he’ll look like the most sensitive, rational and humble person in the world. If he survives, good for him. If he doesn’t, good too, because they can initiate his canonization process.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Maybe Keith Urban is the most lucky person in the world? He’s already a  talented musician, good looking guy and he has one of the hottest woman in the world. With these 3 cray cray arrogant self-centered people around him, he’ll look like the most sensitive, rational and humble person in the world. If he survives, good for him. If he doesn’t, good too, because they can initiate his canonization process.

  • wkstrack

    Planted story or not…this is going to be fun! lol

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

     Of course this is why they were hired!!! If Idol was really about music and good critiques from judge, they would have hired Shania Twain or someone who knows what they are doing. You think its a coincidence they hired two black women known for being divas? Nuh-uh, honey *finger snap*

  • justmefornow

    LOL. Thanks for that link. Let the trainwreck begin.
    Class act.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Of course it’s planted. Uncle Nigel strikes again. lol

  • http://twitter.com/dy7764 dy

    lol #TeamKeith and can’t wait to watch this trainwreck.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m not looking forward to any judges fighting like this video appears to show. 

  • http://twitter.com/blkeener Brittany Keener

    I dunno how a camera got in their without Nigel’s permission. Even so, I’m sure they could figure out who it was by the angle. Either someone is getting a raise or fired.

    Also, oblig. #poorkeith

  • clearone

    This is going to turn off just as many viewers as it might gain…….net result ZERO.  I won’t be wasting my time on this kind of crap. 

  • Goodie2

    If this is true, I really can’t believe idol hired someone who their main judge hates..and how could Marian not have some clause in her contract. If I were her and found out that someone I can’t stand was hired without even being told I’d be livid..Nicki better be careful if she sincerely wants to be on the show. Marian us

    Is the $15-18 million cash cow

  • mjsbigblog

    Whether this video is real or staged, Nigel is responsible for this. How else would footage get out of a closed audition session? 

    I don’t like this at all.

  • justmefornow

    Maybe second luckiest. First would be P2 ;)
    (OT, he really is just an above average rhythm guitarist, btw)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I don’t like it either. Nigel really is a jerk.

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    “This is so staged. After 11 seasons of this show, we all should be able to smell undercooked fish from a mile away. lol.”

    That’s not the smell of undercooked fish. That’s Nicki’s cooshy. #teamMIMI

  • julesb2183

    Wow. If it is true that they hate each other and can’t get along, I wonder if there will be any firing/quitting soon.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UITYTUSGL7IK7WLFFDXXRYP7GA Falfor

    Poor Keith and Randy!!!

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    If it’s staged or real, it sucks.  This isn’t Jerry Springer.

  • violet3

    I’m pretty sure Mariah Carey knows what the heck she’s doing. One of the greatest singers of all time. 

  • Wentworth1978

    Dear AI,

    I’m planning to watch this season because of the contestants and Keith Urban, not because of these 2 bickering women. Please keep the focus on the contestants and not the excessive drama, staged or not. K thanks.

  • clearone

    We can dream! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    If Nicki going to talk that way throughout this season, we need subtitles!!!

  • abbysee

    Move over…..I was on that knoll! Definitely thought that as well!

  • sgills

    I heard something in the clip Mariah:”I couldn’t see my babies because…” – likely because Nicki stormed off?  And then Nicki tells Mariah to go see them now then “if you got a problem, fix it.” 

    If the whole thing is real, Nicki cannot be serious talking to ANYONE in that room like that.  She’s blessed to be in that room.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     *sucks teeth*

    This kerfluffle isn’t really worthy of comment. I’ve heard worse cuss outs in boardrooms and conference rooms in my career. Nigel ain’t that great being a hype man – *yawn* everyone knows his schtick by now, so they see him coming. Nicki ain’t crazy. If she is as crazy as she likes to make people think, she would have tried to get all up in Mariah’s face and talk her smack… and I guarandamtee you it would be the last time she tried to run up on Mariah. Naw, this beyotch ain’t crazy, lol.

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    How about we replace Keith and Randy and readd Jennifer Lopez to the panel and maybe Rihanna or Naomi Campbell (I have no idea if she knows music but oh well)!!!! 4 way cat fight!!! RAWR!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3ZGXZCUE2YYOS7QV6QSTKM4SA buffynut2001

    LMAO! What did they expect? Have they seen her twitter rants! Idol will milk this for all it’s worth until Mariah threatens to walk. Then they will replace Minaj. Because between Mariah and Minaj, they’d keep Mariah. I guess now we know why Randy is there!

  • abbysee

    Watch it your stereotypes are showing. :(

  • SpenserJ2

    Nicki Minaj is a hot-head with no decorum whatsoever (and, I don’t think that was much of a secret).  I’m not sure what they expected when they hired her.  If I produced this show, she’d already be fired.  Divas with attitude I can deal with, but straight up bitches who think it’s okay to scream like lunatics at their co-workers?  Nope.  I’d can her ass.  

  • Chris

    Naomi Campbell????  Why not just throw a bomb in there like Lindsey Lohan. 

  • milwlovesadam

    Why don’t they just bring in Snookie and call it a wrap? Idol has jumped the shark. IMHO.

    Whatever happened to class and sophistication?

    Does this woman realize that she represents USA behavior when Idol is watched around the world? Does she even fathom that people in other countries actually think that this is how most Americans behave? Shame on her.

  • http://realclearpolitics.com/epolls/latest_polls/president/ CyberForce

    Makes you miss drunken Paula and a##hole Simon doesn’t it?  

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudeDee Claude Dee

    Well, at least Nicki knows that Mariah is above her. Your highness. But poor Keith. He looks like a referee, no?  

  • Karen C

    If this is what is happening during the taped auditions, I can’t imagine what’s going to happen when the live shows start.   I don’t think it’s going to be good for the show at all, because it takes the focus away from the contestants.  

    In fact, I don’t think that was fair to the contestants even today if the auditions were postponed because of a judge’s fight. 

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    Thank you for that, I was about to say so myself. Some people need to stop watching the real housewives of Atlanta. Or the bad girls club. Or whatever horrible reality show that makes “certain” people look bad.

  • Jazz_11

    LOL

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    LOL I love you. You’re too much. That is all. ;D

  • Jazz_11

    Maybe not planted.. but Nigel will definitely use it to get ratings.. I really don’t understand him.. so predictable

  • curly_yenta

    Ha!! Gonna tune in just to see this staged catfight….. !  The show has so jumped the shark, the only reason to tune in now is for the laughs. LOL

  • mileyfan123

    I remember reading about Paula and Simon having blow ups on set, especially early on, so hopefully whatever problems are happening between Mariah and Nicki get ironed out quickly. I’m not going to act like this is good for the show though. I don’t want to watch this crap during auditions.

  • http://twitter.com/maribassig Josemaría Bassig

    Nicki: “And if you’ve got a ****ing problem, handle it. I told them I’m not ****ing putting up with your ****ing highness over there.” 

    Mariah “Oh Why, why, why do I have a three year old sitting around me?” 

    Nicki: “I’m not sitting here for 20 million having her look down here repremanded everyday. No.” 

    Mariah: “I can’t see my kids because you decided to act like a little crazy bitch and go all around the stage.” Nicki: “Go see them now, go. You’re boring as ****.”

    got it from someone else

  • abbysee

    Ok, I tried to reserve judgement on Ms. Ninaj but that wasn’t professional in the least. She’s an egotistical little viper. I don’t think this is entertaining in the least. I also don’t think this is great promote for idol. There can be captivating disagreements, but this isn’t it!

  • elliegrll

    I agree.  For the reason that you stated.  It embarrasses the judges, especially Nicki, and will have an impact on how they perform on the show.  The media attention that the show will get from it isn’t worth having any of them not being able to be themselves during the show, or making it clear that they really don’t want to be there.

    Goodie2 said: If this is true, I really can’t believe idol hired someone who their main judge hates..and how could Marian not have some clause in her contract. If I were her and found out that someone I can’t stand was hired without even being told I’d be livid..Nicki better be careful if she sincerely wants to be on the show. Marian us

    Mariah is getting paid more, but she’s really not the potential game changer on the panel, Nicki is. I think that Mariah knows that, and she may not be happy about that. I don’t want to believe that she’s angry, but I could see her provoking Nicki.

    Nicki is the one who they are counting on to bring in younger viewers. Landing Mariah is good, but there’s not a good chance that she can help make the audience pool more diverse.

  • Karen C

    If Paula and Simon or any of the other judges that have been on did have a blow up, I don’t ever remember them having to postpone auditions because of it.

  • jobeob987

    LOL, the Idol producers got what they paid for with Miz Nicki.  I imagine Keith Urban was wondering WTH he had gotten himself into in that video.  :-)

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    God….seriously….Nicki Minaj is vile. Why o WHY did they even think of hiring her to be a judge? Her songs are just nothing but trash too. I am sure Mariah is an arrogant diva and had a part to play, but seriously this panel is lacking class and dignity. With the exception of Keith Urban.

  • elliegrll

    Nicki Minaj is a hot-head with no decorum whatsoever (and, I don’t think that was much of a secret).  I’m not sure what they expected when they hired her.  If I produced this show, she’d already be fired.  Divas with attitude I can deal with, but straight up bitches who think it’s okay to scream like lunatics at their co-workers?  Nope.  I’d can her ass.  

    So, you think that no one has ever gotten into an argument on this show or any others? Given the egos of Simon Fuller and Cowell, Nigel, Ken, and the other judges that they’ve had, I’m pretty sure that this isn’t the first time that there’s been cursing on the set of AI, or that someone has yelled at someone else.

  • mileyfan123

    Because we probably wouldn’t have heard about it season 1 or 2 when these blogs didn’t exist….I remember reading in Richard Rushfields book that Paula almost quit the show numerous times…..

  • abbysee

    If this person is supposed to be the game changer then she should be confident enough to know that and not bite if Mariah is provoking her. However this incident just shows that she isn’t mature enough to handle that load.

  • fantoo1

    How many times has it jumped the shark again? 100 times?

  • Incipit

    Makes you miss drunken Paula and a##hole Simon doesn’t it?  

    Bwahaha! Don’t forget Dawg One Note – and “How can I miss you if you won’t go away?” Heh.

    Looks like I’ll pay as much attention to this panel as I did to the last incarnations, which was none…and we’re a long way from the contestants and the Live shows yet, so I guess Nigel is workin’ the buzz. As Hillstreetblooz said – you can see him coming.

    Or maybe this is a riff on Warwick’s idea of “interesting” – replace the Barf Bags for the auditioners with Barf Bags for all the viewers instead?  Geebus. We’ll see what Keith can do, eventually – but really – I wanna see the Talent that can rise above this crap. 

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     Nah…that’s just Nicki’s persona.  Cash Money crew is constantly brawlin’.  Lil Wayne, Drake, now Nicki.

    I’m leaning towards staged though.  There is no way TMZ would have gotten the video if producers didn’t give it to them.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    Maybe Nigel released it because they are having second thoughts about Nicki.  It’s possible this wasn’t even her worst behavior thus far. There might be some serious concerns about how she’s going to behave during the live shows. Drama is good, but a judge walking off mid-show, cussing out another judge, or even screaming at the audience members (what is she going to do when she gets booed?) is not good.

  • fantoo1

    They should just fire Nicki and let it be 3 judges. I don’t want to see this kind of blow up on the live shows.

    On the other hand, people were bitching about how boring the audition shows have become lol.

  • curly_yenta

    Just when you think the show couldn’t jump any higher, each and every time, they managed to sink to new lows…..

  • SpenserJ2

    I don’t have a clue what has gone on behind the scenes in the past.  And, I curse all the time.  But, I’ve never cursed in the office, at a co-worker.  This isn’t some tiff in the ladies room.  They’re at the judges table, with contestants and crew present and cameras rolling.  It’s showtime.  You don’t act like that during showtime.  

    Grownups should be able to disagree reasonably.  Even if I’m mad as hell, I’m not going to threaten to knock someone out.  I guess I just don’t want to live in a world where acting like that at work has no consequences.  

  • http://twitter.com/doesmonaknow DoesMonaKnow

    Maybe Nigel released it because they are having second thoughts about
    Nicki.  It’s possible this wasn’t even her worst behavior thus far.
    There might be some serious concerns about how she’s going to behave
    during the live shows. Drama is good, but a judge walking off mid-show,
    cussing out another judge, or even screaming at the audience members
    (what is she going to do when she gets booed?) is not good.

    Hmmm…wasn’t Nigel basically out of the loop on the judging changes? I think maybe he wasn’t a fan and this is his way of retaliating. Does FOX have to give permission for him to hand over same-day audition footage to TMZ or is that something he is free to do on his own? 

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     Well, if Nigel is going “rogue” like Sarah Palin, then heads are gonna roll.

  • fantoo1

    Nah, there have been WAY worse than this. Judges fighting is nothing new. Remember how Paula used to punch Simon? Remember how they always used to fight? Or when they colored on each others faces? I could go on.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

     I recall Simon and Randy getting into a HUGE argument on camera in front of a contestant Season 1.  I think it was RJ Helton

  • http://twitter.com/BamadansPad Danny Latham

    UGH!! Save the sharks!! They’ve been jumped so much by Idol that they have become endangered. 

  • elliegrll

    If Paula and Simon or any of the other judges that have been on did have a blow up, I don’t ever remember them having to postpone auditions because of it.

    The only way that we’d know if production had to stop is if the producers leaked that information.  They leaked it here, because they think that this type of thing will help create buzz for the show.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Well that just killed any enthusiasm I had for checking out the new panel. Yikes.

    I wouldn’t be so quick to jump down Nicki’s throat either, since we don’t know what went on up to that point. I’m sure judges have argued behind the scenes before, especially with Paula and Simon’s dramatic assess around. In fact didn’t Randy and Simon go at it season 1?

    Still, I don’t watch this show for this level of reality show drama. I just want good singing and maybe some advice delivered in an entertaining way. I’m not trying to deal with this BS. This ain’t Vh1 or Bravo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    AI wanted Ghetto, so they got it….here’s how I see it and the tape is for real….
    Both of these women are “street”….and having 2 women again at the table was a bad idea.  They tried it before and instead of the women fighting each other they were cool to each other….NO CHEMISTRY THEN and there’s no chemistry NOW.
    But this is what FOX WANTED, not the producers and Nigel, but the FOX bigwigs wanted this.  They will ruin the show.

    I’m double sure that JLO got wind of the changes (2 women at the table) and said no way was she coming back. And after Steven said he was out and didn’t want to return, JLO split — good for her! That table had chemistry, this one doesn’t!

  • shell29

    Maybe Nigel released it because they are having second thoughts about Nicki.

    That’s what I’m thinking.  Isn’t it Nigel that has been pushing this whole Nicki/Mariah ‘catfight’ angle?  This video leak (to TMZ no less) has his fingerprints all over it.

    Personally, I hope this all blows over and Nicki and Mariah can find a way to co-exist.  Not holding my breath though.

  • elliegrll

    How many times has it jumped the shark again? 100 times?

    At least every time that a contestant has been eliminated from the competition, or someone’s favorite didn’t win.

    abbysee said: If this person is supposed to be the game changer then she should be confident enough to know that and not bite if Mariah is provoking her. However this incident just shows that she isn’t mature enough to handle that load.

    I can agree with that.  If this is real, and Nicki can’t see the opportunity that she has in front of her, or can’t handle Mariah in a better way, then I can’t defend her.  She’s in high demand right now from other networks and businesses that want her to be their spokesperson, so maybe she can’t handle getting all of these opportunities so soon in her career, and at the same time.

  • mileyfan123

     Mariah Carey is “street”?!?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    To Brittany — everybody has a camera.  They’re hidden in purses in wigs in pockets….everybody has a damn camera!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    To GOODIE — Idol did not hire them — FOX DID!

  • Listening

    This is nothing new judges get upset w/ each other all the time. The only thing Nicki did different from Mariah was she cursed Mariah was still taking digs at Nicki at the same time. And people who brought up Simon and Paula are correct Paula has threatened to hit Simon before. And she’s stormed off b/c of Simon and if i’m not mistaken I could of promised she flung water at him at one point. Sharon has gotten mad at her companion judges on America’s got talent. I believe she got mad at piers and had stormed off. And we all know Christiana and Adam from the voice had been feuding last season. I can just imagine what went on behind the scenes if what they showed in front of the camera was that bad the tension and animosity just wafted through the screen.

    American Idol’s bickering just got brought into the public eye b/c they have TMZ in their back pocket so they were right there to catch everything. Hey sometimes you play w/ fire you get burned they had their dirty laundry aired. I don’t think Nicki really cares though b/c she’s known for standing up for herself and being a tough chick, so this probably adds to her rep.

    Anyway just want to add if I was them and I did eventually have to choose between Nicki and Miriah I’d keep Nicki. She’s their wildcard  and would bring attention to the show. She’s the one the media and the public would wonder what she’s gonna do next. Also if anyone had the power to draw fans to the show it’s Nicki b/c her fan base seem more obsessed w/ her than Mariah’s fan base. The only thing Mariah brings to the table is media/social credibility we understand big vocals b/c we have a world renown big vocalist on the show.  But that’s just credibility you aint getting viewers simply for that only praise. To get extra eyes tuned in that big vocalist needs to have a personality/ pizzazz. And I just don’t get enthralling character from Mariah she seems like she’d be sedate and rational but boring. And I believe Nicki will be an opinionated wild child, just a character to bring a different vibe to the show.

  • curly_yenta

    But the ‘tension’ between Simon and Paula never came across – at least to me – as being real… it came off as more of a playful thing – never intense or serious.  They actually came off as a comedy team and liking each other. They were funny.

    What we just watched here looks hostile ….. if it’s not staged, that is. Big question there.

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    Didn’t Simon and Nigel have a BIG fight in Season 7 over a contestant? And it ultimately caused Nigel to quit?

  • emlz

    Whatever, Nigel. I still won’t watch your planted bitchfights just because they replaced the incompetent judging.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    I have no doubt Paula was even more cray cray behind the scenes.  I know someone who worked with her briefly during Season 3.  She ended up DESPISING her (she adored Simon though.  Go figure).

  • http://twitter.com/lufflyness Jenna

    LOL staged or not it’s the most entertaining thing to happen to Idol in years. Good job Nigel!!!

  • curly_yenta

    Could be, but the on stage antics between Paula and Simon were never serious……

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    I heard that Paula had to sometimes be literally carried out to the judges table before showtime because she would throw a fit behind the scenes.

  • b_james

    First of all, after watching the video, I can tell you that the average Idol fan is not going to like Nicki.  And 2nd of all, I think I am going to love Keith.  Him just sitting there in between it all.  Bless his heart.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    I CAN’T WAIT for Lil Wayne and his crew to make a set visit!!  He might need to have a little talk with Nigel and Ken.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    Now the video is not available. Hmm, wonder what that means….

  • thirdtime

    Yuck.  Disagreements happen, but Nicki is just looking so low class here.  If it was staged and she isn’t low class like she comes off, she was a fool to go along with it.  She looks horrible here.  I agree with the comment that said this isn’t the Jerry Springer show.

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    Well that’s strange. I never even got to see it. Not that I care that much, LOL. Mariah also deleted her tweet.

  • mtlfan2

    i’m team Mariah. Nicki Minaj is starting to rub me the wrong way

  • elliegrll

    Who knows how Mariah and Nicki relationship will translate when the show starts, but even though you might have enjoyed Simon and Paula’s relationship, she didn’t seem to, at times.  Especially in the beginning.  I think that they grew to like each other as the show went on, and to play with the dynamic between them, but in the beginning, and at times after that, Simon treated Paula like a child.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks
  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    Funny thing is, I’ve checked other sites about this story, carrying the TMZ vid, and it still works on a couple of those sites. Either way, I’m sensing some damage control is about to happen.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3ZGXZCUE2YYOS7QV6QSTKM4SA buffynut2001

    This video looks like it was shot with a cell phone. What if Nigel didn’t leak it? What if some poor production assistant sold it to TMZ. Could be worth way more than a PA makes.

  • roarpen

    No video? It has to be somewhere.

  • Goodie2

    After now seeing the video, FOX better be looking for a female judge.  Nicki is not going to last all year….I wonder what contracts they signed…and hoping someone at Idol/Fox/Freemantle etc was smart.  Just imagine if Nicki lost it like this during a live show.  Yeah you may create trainwreck TV that will get you ratings, but this isnt looking good as it could easily turn violent…At least in the video Mariah was sitting there calmly…But the placement of the judges was a bit strange. I get that Mariah may want to be near Randy – if for protection if nothing else – but are they really going to have a panel where Nicki gives the first critique – or is it going to be reverse where Randy goes first and Mariah second?  For some reason, I thought with Mariah’s star power, she was going to go first.

  • brightones

    Ryan Seacrest ?@RyanSeacrest
    Going to bed in Charlotte after an anything but dull day at #idolauditions. Hit u in morn

  • Ratna12

    I just watch the video

  • http://twitter.com/50watts Ronald Watts

    Premiering Jan 15 2013 Nicki and Mariah-The Diva Bitches 8 pm EST followed by
    American Idol-The Search for a Super Star at 9pm EST

  • Ratna12

    I just saw the video a minute ago, … poor Keith.
    “What did I get myself into ?”.

  • jpfan2

    Oh boy. Nicki isn’t long for this show.  Please don’t replace her Fox. Just stick with 3 judges.

    This is way more than the bickering nonsense from The Voice. Nicki is just too crazy for live TV.

  • MargieIdol

    Conspiracy theory: Nicki is fired so whomever nigel really wanted can take her spot for Hollywood Week/live shows. Nigel haz a #plan…

  • Emmuzka

    Easy solution for the live shows: Nigel goes out and buys two puppies, one for each woman. Before every show, Nigel holds a puppy above a large bucket of water, saying, “if either of you walk out tonight, the puppy gets it.”

    /disclamer: He would never hurt the puppy for real. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    To Listening: I would agree with you except that AI’s audience and the people who go to the touring shows are Mid-America WHITES. They’re the big supporters of AI, and this will turn them off….then again, Honey Boo Boo has high ratings and I may be wrong.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    American Idol is now fighting X Factor for the title of “the Jerry Springer of singing shows”. AI is just like the rest of them, it’s all the same!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    To Goodie2:  Nicki HAS lost it at her shows.  Just go back through Youtube…it’s happened a couple of times.  It’s not a good move for FOX because it will turn off its core audience.  They forget who the audience is and what the audience expects.  The contestants have to go on tour and play in front of Middle – America.  And this COULD be a career killer for Nicki.  I read one of her interviews and she wants to be an actress.

  • Chris

    Yeah, I’ve never heard of Simon, Paula, or any judge relationship for that matter where they lost a day of production.  Can you imagine contestants taking the day off from work, driving to NC for your big chance and its delayed?  A lot of contestants sleep on the street, have enough money for one night hotel.  Nicki and Mariah will be gone if they start costing Idol production delays.  

    They are all getting paid way too much money to not even make it through the taping.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    Margie:  4 judges is not right, it’s not AI….it’s a # for XF and the Voice…AI is going way overboard with 4 judges again.

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Honestly, I think you’re on target that this is part of Lythgoe’s ongoing TMZ-leaking campaign to not have Minaj as a judge. I’m ready to see him hitch up his big-boy pants and get used to having her on the panel. This gossip-leak campaign belongs on a CW show about Beverly Hills junior high students.

    Alternately, I’d like the next video leaked to TMZ to involve Minaj spanking Lythgoe with a sparkly pink hairbrush until he agrees that gals can get the “artist” edit. (I refuse to be held responsible for any fetishes arising from that one.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    To Eionwy, I would agree with you but didn’t FOX hire Nicki?

  • Larc

    At least they weren’t rolling around on the floor, pulling hair and scratching.  Maybe they are waiting for live shows before they do that.  ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    Chris, you may have hit on something….Mariah is making $18Mil….do you think Nicki is a bit jealous?

  • curly_yenta

    Yep.  In Idol’s attempt at increasing their ratings, they have sacrificed their integrity.  They could have maintained what they had in the early seasons, but instead, they have scrapped what made them unique and is now just like all the other crap reality shows out there.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    Oh boy. Nicki isn’t long for this show.  Please don’t replace her Fox. Just stick with 3 judges.

    I agree. I was really excited about Nicki. But, I think she might not be ready for prime time.  As for comparing this to Simon/Paula riffs, there is a huge difference. Simon is a pro and, back in those days, he cared greatly about the success of the show. I’m sure  it was understood that  Paula could be “managed.” Also, Paula needed Idol much more than Idol needed her.  The same can’t be said for Nicki,  and I suspect Nicki knows that. 

  • roarpen

     “American Idol is now fighting X Factor for the title of “the Jerry
    Springer of singing shows”. AI is just like the rest of them, it’s all
    the same!”
    LMAO!! – I guess that makes us the Jerry Springer audience! ROFL

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    To Eionwy, I would agree with you but didn’t FOX hire Nicki?

    Precisely. Fox hired Minaj during the period when Lythgoe wasn’t re-signed (or at least most negotiations took place then), so he wasn’t in on the deal. That’s why he needs a tabloid campaign to get rid of her — he wasn’t in the loop on hiring and doesn’t have real power. So… whisper… gossip… rouse the public… 

    Watch carefully, Idol contestants heading to Hollywood! This man is going to be filming and editing your performances. And he’s been known to leak info on contestants to TMZ, too.

  • elliegrll

    Maybe it’s not Nicki that needs to go.  According to one of the sources that’s reporting this, Mariah kept provoking Nicki:

    Nicki Minaj walked off of set because Mariah Carey kept making jabs at her.  Nicki’s manager and team convinced her to come back to the show.  Mariah kept at it and called Nicki a bitch and then proceeded to cuss her out. Producers had to stop filming and call it a night.Read more: http://globalgrind.com/entertainment/idol-rivals-nicki-minaj-threatens-mairah-carey-during-american-idol-details-fight-photos-video#ixzz28CpfYxDY 

    Mariah isn’t as loud as Nicki in the video, but she is insulting her.  The video doesn’t show how this started, or tell us why Mariah would provoke her.  But, given how Nicki usually is, I don’t think that this is about something that just happened today.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    Ellie girl….do you think Mariah wants Nicki off?  I mean let’s go back a couple of seasons….JLO was the lone female and got all the glory….why would Mariah (‘the queen’) want to share the stage with Nicki?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    Well, all I can say after reading the report is JLO must be smiling all the way to South America that she’s not on the panel.

  • elliegrll

    I don’t want to believe it, because I would hope that Mariah is more mature than that.  Her tweet after the news that Nicki was about to sign would lead some to believe that she made it, and offered up another choice, because she wasn’t happy.

    I would also hope that Mariah would see that having Nicki on board gives AI some relevancy, which they will need, since the ratings took a hard hit last year.  That relevancy would help the show, but it would also benefit Mariah, too.  Maybe admitting that would also mean that Mariah would have to acknowledge that she needs the show to help give her career a boost, and that she isn’t current, like Nicki is.

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

    Well, she is missing out on a year’s worth of great pay.

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

     

    They could have maintained what they had in the early seasons

    There was fighting, manipulation, and all that crap in the earlier seasons also.

  • http://twitter.com/bagel08 John S

     There were a few times where Paula just didn’t show up. It was only Simon and Randy for Carrie Underwood’s audition. Paula was later edited on there.

  • elliegrll

    True, there were many contestants who said that they didn’t audition in front of Paula, but when their auditions aired, we saw close ups of Paula given critiques.

  • roarpen

    Maybe someone just needs to bring Nicki and Mariah some ice cream…lol:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KFRdWch9gw&feature=player_embedded

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    This is not classy at all.  Having Mariah was fine, but these grown women are acting like 14 year-olds on the school bus.  I feel sorry for the contestants who may be neglected!

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    I AGREE. 3 JUDGES SHOULD BE FOR IDOL. It’s the perfect number. 4 JUDGES are only good for shows like XF and The Voice where there is a mentoring aspect because it allows for more diversity.

    And is it just me or does the video not play anymore? Is it removed?!?!?! No! I was gonna make it mah ringtone!~

  • cooks

    Wow Idol looks like it’s going to be one classy show. They got what they asked for… now they’ll have to deal with it!!

  • Incipit

    Nigel Quote –  Sept 16th - 

    “Okay you naysayers. The #IdolJudges are great already. The chemistry is adorable.”

    Yep. That’s what Nigel means, when he says “adorable”.

  • TheGreatXL

    So much for the contestants. This makes X-Factor drama look like Downton Abby.

  • Karen C

    The only way that we’d know if production had to stop is if the producers leaked that information.

    If it affected contestants, like this has, it might have come out eventually. Though,  I agree this was leaked to create buzz for the show.

  • Truthisagun

    Well no wonder The Voice reigns supreme rating wise. With all that crap from XF and AI, The Voice will continue to flourish. Mark Burnett should just sit tight and let his competitors extinct themselves.

  • waynestrong

    Should never have hired that trash to begin with. I will catch the contestant videos here on the blog during the season, but will not bother tuning in because of Minaj. I just don’t want to hear her at all. 

  • usedtobelucy

     .”and having 2 women again at the table was a bad idea.  They tried it
    before and instead of the women fighting each other they were cool to
    each other….”

    I suppose you’re right, but what an extremely sad commentary. They might as well get two little kids — one sneaky nasty one who can repeatedly pinch the other out of mommy’s sight while pretending to be a little angel and one who’ll react to the pinching with an epic temper tantrum that breaks all the glass in the house. … Lovely to think that among the *women* who are getting the high monetary awards in our society are these stupid judging-table bitches (both past and present, as you mention).

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that TMZ replaced the original video with a longer one here:

    http://www.tmz.com/videos/0_4f12efd5/

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Precisely. Fox hired Minaj during the period when Lythgoe wasn’t
    re-signed (or at least most negotiations took place then), so he wasn’t
    in on the deal. That’s why he needs a tabloid campaign to get rid of her
    — he wasn’t in the loop on hiring and doesn’t have real power. So…
    whisper… gossip… rouse the public… ”

    Yep. For a while there, Nigel was clearly not in the loop about potential judges, and I wouldn’t put anything past Nigel when it comes to manipulation and misrepresenting people.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    If this isn’t staged, then I can see Mariah intentionally pushing Nicki’s buttons, and it appears that Nicki is falling for it. Not smart of her.

  • fuzzywuzzy
    abbysee said: If this person is supposed to be the game
    changer then she should be confident enough to know that and not bite if
    Mariah is provoking her. However this incident just shows that she
    isn’t mature enough to handle that load.

    I can agree with
    that.  If this is real, and Nicki can’t see the opportunity that she has
    in front of her, or can’t handle Mariah in a better way, then I can’t
    defend her.  She’s in high demand right now from other networks and
    businesses that want her to be their spokesperson, so maybe she can’t
    handle getting all of these opportunities so soon in her career, and at
    the same time.

    I agree with you both. IF this is real, then clearly Mariah is pushing Nicki’s buttons bigtime and Nicki is biting. Nicki needs to be smarter than that.

  • Mateja Praznik

    There is nothing wrong with Idol having 4 judges. The original Idol show, Pop Idol, had 4. It worked just fine.
    The problem here is that TPTB didn’t get the right combination of people. They should get rid of Mariah and her lap dog Randy and hire two new judges. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree. I’m sure that there have been tons of fights, but they haven’t been aired on TMZ. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Exactly.

  • koshka

    And as far as I am concerned, about 12 of it is over paid. AI is getting ripped off as far as I am concerned. Mariah isn’t worth that much. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol TMZ has posted a transcript of Nicki’s rant.

    Nicki  Get this s**t in self control.  Get in control.  Get in control. 
    Randy  Settle down, settle down
    Nicki  Don’t lose your head.  Don’t lose your head (inaudible).  Don’t tell me I’m a gangster.
    Nicki 
    (inaudible) every 5 minutes.  So every time you patronize me, I’m-ma
    take it back, and if you’ve got a f**king problem, handle it.
    Nicki  I told them I’m not f**kin’ putting up with her f**king highness over there.  Figure it the f**k out.  Figure it out.
    Nicki  I’m not gonna sit here every f**king minute to have you come down and harass me every minute everyday.

    Mariah is talking back at Nicki but it’s hard to hear what she’s saying.

  • springboard2

    Precisely. Fox hired Minaj during the period when Lythgoe wasn’t
    re-signed (or at least most negotiations took place then), so he wasn’t
    in on the deal. That’s why he needs a tabloid campaign to get rid of her
    — he wasn’t in the loop on hiring and doesn’t have real power. So…
    whisper… gossip… rouse the public…

    Don’t you think that it would be a big risk?
    If Fox doesn’t approve of the leak and is supportive of Nicky there would be real tension between them and Nigel!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that there’s already tension between FOX and Nigel, and I think that Nigel has lost a lot of decision making power in the process.

  • http://twitter.com/doesmonaknow DoesMonaKnow

    There was fighting, manipulation, and all that crap in the earlier seasons also.

    ITA. The idea of Idol being a bastion of integrity in its early years is extremely laughable to me (it’s always been a karaoke show that sold lots of advertising and incidentally hoped to find a music star), but for some Idol was revered as this sort of co-ed music version of Miss America. It was “wholesome” (modest swimwear)! A tradition! A girl next door got to have a brush with glamour of a sort and fame, but she wasn’t like, a sexy model or anything. A Miss America had to have talent and she was there to get a college scholarship, unlike all the other brainless women out there who were just famous for their looks. Or so its fans believed, anyway. Now Idol’s more…Miss USA elements are showing? Or they’re fairly impossible to ignore now, anyway. And the fans of the more aspirational aspects of Idol don’t like the new “sexed-up”, flashier version of a singing show that exists now, with its judges/hosts who are there to promote their own careers and the producers who leak backstage controversies like the megasalaries and catfighting to the tabloids.

  • Aidolfan

    That’s kind of harsh. ;)

  • justmefornow

    I agree about Nicki coming off looking very low class here. I find it hard to believe she would go along with it being staged coming off as she did.
    If Mariah is indeed baiting her, she needs to smarten up and not bite.

    I’ll bet Keith is asking for a raise today or at least combat pay, lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    Fuzzy:  Nigel really really liked JLO – and Steven – and I betcha if he had his way they would be back.  If not them, someone that would bring “chemistry” to the table — that’s his favorite word for judges.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    Mateja:  They can’t keep “trying” out judges….auditioning judges….but they’re going to go this route every single year….FOX messed up.  If it aint broke, don’t change it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    Fuzzy:  I think one of the things that Idol wants to do is find a “POP” star, the words of Randy.  They’ve been finding easy listening WGWG for the past four seasons but look at the charts — women sell….pop women sell records….that’s what they want — a STAR!  So bringing Mariah and Nicki was supposed to accomplish that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    Fuzzy:  I think one of the things that Idol wants to do is find a “POP” star, the words of Randy.  They’ve been finding easy listening WGWG for the past four seasons but look at the charts — women sell….pop women sell records….that’s what they want — a STAR!  So bringing Mariah and Nicki was supposed to accomplish that.

  • koshka

    But thats just it. Some of us believe it was broken. Dull judges and a tired format. but, yeah.. I agree, Fox messed up. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “The idea of Idol being a bastion of integrity in its early years is
    extremely laughable to me (it’s always been a karaoke show that sold
    lots of advertising and incidentally hoped to find a music star), but
    for some Idol was revered as this sort of co-ed music version of Miss
    America.”

    Totally agree. In fact, the image of the Idols has far too much importance for a lot of people.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I’ll bet Keith is asking for a raise today or at least combat pay, lol.”

    lol Or demanding that Randy sit between Mariah and Nicki from now on.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that Nigel liked JLo and Steven because they would do and say what he wanted. Somehow, I feel that Nicki isn’t quite so “cooperative”. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

     “Can you imagine contestants taking the day off from work, driving to NC
    for your big chance and its delayed?  A lot of contestants sleep on the
    street, have enough money for one night hotel.”

    lol The producers don’t care about this at all.

  • chillj

    These people need to grow up.

  • mjsbigblog

     Last season there was a huge blow up between Adam and Xtina that the NBC powers that be made sure to leak. Didn’t Adam call Xtina a C U Next Tuesday?  The Voice is certainly not immune from this sort of thing.

  • Chris

    But they do care about their own daily costs so if production drags out another day, there is an Idol accountant somewhere adding up the damage.    They need a plan B, like continue without whichever trouble maker that can’t sit down.  They have done auditions before with as few as 2 judges – Keith and Randy, you’re up.  And like in sports, fine the other two.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “fine” Mariah and Nicki? Good luck with collecting that money. lol

  • http://twitter.com/avrohama aj rabin

    This is what happens when you allow an immature piece of crap named Minaj to judge a mature show.

  • Chris

    ” Mariah: “I can’t see my kids because you decided to act like a little crazy bitch and go all around the stage.” Nicki: “Go see them now, go. You’re boring as ****.”

    I don’t think Mariah just went off on Nicki either for no reason.  Someone below had posted more quotes and Mariah was ticked off that Nicki was somehow screwing up the schedule.  (Maybe putting on pink wigs takes a long time.)  As they say, it takes two to tango but I can see Mimi throwing a classy but diva-esque insult if Nicki was late, then sparks flew.

  • jennyl2

    Its just auditions. How are these people going to last till Finale at this rate? Betcha one of the ladies will quit and it ain’t Mariah. lol!

  • springboard2

    I agree, Fox messed up.

    It’s not certain, they may very well be enjoying the controversy. We’ll see what they air. If they show most of it, we’ll know that they are not too disappointed by their choice of judges.

  • jennyl2

    ” It’s not certain, they may very well be enjoying the controversy.” 

    Fox can’t be that stupid. They probably wanted it. As far as they are concern, if one of the judges walk off, there are still three and the show will go one.

  • nncw

    Poor Keith Urban he seems such a nice gentle guy and he is sandwiched between all this drama.

  • Mateja Praznik

     Why poor? He signed up for this, he had a nice job on The Voice Australia and he gave it up for American Idol.

  • http://twitter.com/Wonderstruck01 Wonderstruck

    and the fact that people find this kind of behavior entertaining or fun is what is wrong with society today.  Sad. 

  • http://twitter.com/Wonderstruck01 Wonderstruck

    you don’t think there are people behind the scenes with video phones just waiting for the opportunity to get some cash? 

    Not saying Nigel isn’t behind it but to assume it would be impossible for someone else seems naive given the public’s penchant for picking up their phones and recording every event imaginable. 

    Someone can be heard giggling on the video too so I think it was someone on the crew

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    I can’t understand a word they’re all saying, but Nigel is right there and it doesn’t look like he’s doing anything about it. 

  • mjsbigblog

    I talked to one of my sources who was actually inside the audition room–not at the time of the fight, but they know what goes down in there–and they were lolling. NO WAY could video footage get out of the audition room from anyone other than Nigel is what they said. And I believe it. There’s a small group of crew in the room working. You don’t think somebody with a phone videoing auditions wouldn’t be noticed?

  • mjsbigblog

    By the way, I’ve come to the conclusion that the incident was not faked. There was already credible evidence that Nicki and Mariah may not have been the best of friends going into the audition round. Also, one of my sources told me that the two were sniping at each other in auditions. 

    I think the fight happened, and that Nigel leaked the footage to TMZ for publicity, hoping people will tune in to see if Nicki and Mariah kill each other or not.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    Okay, looks like I’ll be skipping this year if this is where they’re going.

  • elliegrll

    Fuzzy:  Nigel really really liked JLO – and Steven – and I betcha if he had his way they would be back.  If not them, someone that would bring “chemistry” to the table — that’s his favorite word for judges.

    If Nigel had personally been involved in hiring Nicki and Mariah, then he’d be fine with them being on the panel.  I think his main problem is that he wasn’t consulted.  On the day of the Fox TCA’s, Nigel said that it wasn’t 100% certain that Jennifer Lopez was leaving, and five minutes later, the President of Fox’s alternative programming contradicted him, and announced that Mariah’s contract was finalized.  Nigel is behaving like an idiot here.  

  • elliegrll

    I think that this is the second part of the altercation.  According to reports, Nicki walked away when Mariah started to verbally bait her, and had to be talked back.  So Mariah seems to be referring to that, when she’s talking about Nicki going all around the stage.

  • fantoo1

    Idol is still way more about the contestants than the other two shows.

  • elliegrll

    Well no wonder The Voice reigns supreme rating wise. With all that crap from XF and AI, The Voice will continue to flourish. Mark Burnett should just sit back and let his competitors extinct themselves.

    The Voice ratings are not higher than Idols.  And that’s despite the fact that they had a huge launch from the Super Bowl last year, that saw them start out with a big season average over American Idol, but they eventually lost it.I guess you missed the fighting between Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera last year, or how the show tried to milk it for ratings, and how it resulted in their contestants coming in third and fourth place during the final round.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The lead story on “The View” is Nicki Minaj’s rant. lol

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    The lead story on “The View” is Nicki Minaj’s rant. lol

    Forget that great undiscovered voice, Idol will be using *this* to promote the new season.  

  • http://twitter.com/TylerWV TylerWV

    I don’t like either one of the female judges but if Mariah is being a bitch I wouldn’t take it either.  I wouldn’t respond like Nicki is but you give either diva an inch she is going to take a mile.  Probably Mariah’s way of trying to get rid of Nicki to give the position to Kravitz that she wanted on the panel.  I can see Randy has a third job on Idol this year, judge, manager, baby sitter.  I suspect Keith will be the peacemaker and not come back again next year. 

  • Chris

    Verbally bait her?  Its not logical that Mariah just started a fight out of thin air; “oh I woke up this morning, think I’m going to mess with Nicki for the heck of it…”  In the clip above, it sounds like she’s talking to herself (or her alter ego Roman) saying “self control.”
    There is more to the story than Mariah is just picking on poor, defenseless, Nicki.  The typical judges fights are over:  1) time – one of them is late and it feels disrespectful to the rest of the people that were on the panel.  Even on X Factor, they have shown the judges get ticked off if Simon or Britney is late.  From the quotes, Mariah’s twins must be near by, so delays cost her time with her kids.  2) feeling marginalized like their voice doesn’t count.  Everyone votes down their favorite.  Paula and Simon’s arguments were typically over #2.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    I suspect Keith will be the peacemaker and not come back again next year.

    That’s the down side of this. I think he’ll be a good judge, but we’ll lose him on account of all the histronics.   

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    No, it’s not. Idol just made a whole group of contestants wait another day to do their auditions for the judges. These contestants are missing school and work. Many are relying on others to take care of their families while they are away. Now, they have to miss another day of real life commitments because two of the judges can’t behave like adults.

    In the real world, people put up with conditions so much worse than this in their job situations, and for a hell of a lot less than 12-18 million dollars for six months of work. 
    Shut up, sit down and do your easy little job that you are being paid millions of dollars to do!

  • elliegrll

    It sounds like Nicki is talking to the producers, and telling them to get control of the situation.  On the other hand, Mariah is talking to Nicki, and continuing the argument.  

    In her tweet about Lenny Kravitz, I think that Mariah was making it clear that she didn’t want Nicki on the panel.  It’s just my opinion, but Mariah might be having trouble with the realization that she needs the AI job more than Nicki does, and that Nicki is currently more relevant than she is.  

    I also think that Mariah needs to realize that her career is going to benefit more with Nicki on the show.  AI’s ratings among the young adult demos fell between 20-40% last year, which makes the show look like it is no longer relevant, and not reaching the music buyers, who Mariah is still trying to reach.  It must be hard for Mariah to realize that her presence on the panel isn’t going to stop that erosion, but Nicki’s could.

  • fantoo1

    X Factor and The Voice are WAY more about the judges than idol. Truth is, out of the three shows, idol still focuses on the contestants the most.

    Also, apparently it was only a couple more contestants who were left for the day. So it wasn’t like it was a huge group.

  • windmills
    I suspect Keith will be the peacemaker and not come back again next year.

    That’s the down side of this. I think he’ll be a good judge, but we’ll lose him on account of all the histronics.  

    JMO but I don’t think Keith was ever going to do this for more than a year anyway. He’ll be releasing a new album next year (no earlier than late spring IMO, could be later) and I’m sure he’s planning on touring in late 2013 and into 2014 to support it. I don’t think he was likely to be tied down to AI’s schedule in 2014 regardless of what his s12 AI experience was like. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    I disagree. Idol has now followed the four judge format that The Voice uses and paid the big bucks to get the big names. Instead of chemistry, they got the Jerry Springer show. All of the singing shows are the same, they are all about the advertising dollar and creating drama for the viewing audience is the goal. Idol isn’t any better than the other shows.

  • Montavilla

     .”and having 2 women again at the table was a bad idea.  They tried it before and instead of the women fighting each other they were cool to 
    each other….”I suppose you’re right, but what an extremely sad commentary.

    But is this right?  The circumstances when Paula and Kara sat at the table together was strained because Kara was obviously being brought in to scare Paula into cleaning up her act.  This was the season after “Paula gate.”  Kelly Clarkson got along with Jennifer Nettles.  The X-Factor seems to function with a two-woman/two-man panel.  Although there have been occasional spats, the women don’t seem to fight more than the men do.  Is it a truism that women can’t co-exist on a TV judging panel without devolving into catfights, or is it that we’re viewing their performances through the distortion of conventional wisdom?

  • elliegrll

    All of the shows, including AI, have always been about ratings.  AI treats the contestants better than the other shows, but the contestants have always complained about AI being more about other things, like making the sponsors happy, and not about the singing.  Every season some contestant complains about how they aren’t given a lot of time to practice their songs, but there is time to go to events where they have to entertain the show’s sponsors or other celebrities.  

  • scorpiokat

    Are these people adults?  It is ridiculous, staged or not.  I hope the on air show is not going to be like this. 

  • ptslittlecomment

    Simon Cowell would LOVE to have this happen between Brit and Demi, he has tried his best to stir up trouble between female costars in the past. Sadly Mariah and Nicki have sunk to his level.

  • Chris

    I give other than to say that they are both grown a__ women.  When I go to work, if someone annoys me, I can’t curse them out and walk off.

    Nicki is current but Mariah is still a legend.  Doing a quick pull – Net worth Nicki is $12-14M, Mariah $500M.   Given her legendary status, if Nicki pushes to hard, she’s going to flip herself off the boat instead of Mariah.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I also think that Mariah needs to realize that her career is going to
    benefit more with Nicki on the show.  AI’s ratings among the young adult
    demos fell between 20-40% last year, which makes the show look like it
    is no longer relevant, and not reaching the music buyers, who Mariah is
    still trying to reach.  It must be hard for Mariah to realize that her
    presence on the panel isn’t going to stop that erosion, but Nicki’s
    could.”

    I think that this is the source of a lot of animosity.

  • lovesickheroine

    I’m just waiting for a la Chris Brown and Drake brawl to happen, but instead of champagne bottles, they’ll throw coke cups at each other

  • elliegrll

    I think that it showed maturity on Nicki’s part to initially walk away.  When that happened, Nigel and the other producers should have taken control of the situation and calmed things down.  I think that they dropped the ball in this situation, even though that may have been their intention.

    As we saw in season 9, the show isn’t going to work if there is tension among the judges, the producers, and those at the network.

  • Kitty Armistead

    The video doesn’t show what led up to Nicki losing it, so I’m trying to give them both the benefit of the doubt because I don’t know the whole story, but seriously, they’re almost 30 (Wikipedia isn’t sure about Nicki’s age) and 42. What happened to being a grown ass woman and being civil and respectful?

  • http://twitter.com/BobbiNJ Bobbi

    This is not why I love Idol. If this is how the producers choose to try to boost the ratings before the show comes back, I won’t be one of those watching. Let them attract their desired young audience and turn off those that have watched them for years.

    This is disgusting.

  • fantoo1

    The Voice panel isn’t perfect either, last year Adam Levine called Christina the “C” word during rehearsals and she said he needed to be fired. So for all the so called chemistry on that show, there was still real fighting.

  • b_james

    I’m just waiting for Ryan to give the DNA test results and say whether Keith or Randy is the father of Nicki’s baby.  Seriously, this is such a mess.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shelby.walker.5011 Shelby Walker

    “Doing a quick pull – Net worth Nicki is $12-14M”

    I’m curious. Where does this net worth figure come from? Nikki Minaj is not a touring machine, where the money is made. Record sales, as we know, benefit the label. Artists make little to nothing on that and I’m not aware of any major endorsements. 

    I can think of some Idols who make more money than Nikki on touring alone. The hip hop/Urban genre tends to flash around borrowed visible wealth meanwhile they can’t afford the rent sometimes. 

  • CB40

    I’m on Team Nicky. Mariah definitely jabbed at her verbally and goaded her.

  • elliegrll

    She’s been a touring machine over the last year.  Her career is only a few years old, and she’s about to embark on her first major international solo tour.  Before this, she opened for Britney Spears’ “Til the World Ends” tour.  

    Besides that, a lot of the money that Nicki has made over the last year is from lucrative endorsement deals.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Like I said, they are all the same! Idol is just as bad as the other two.

  • Chris

    There are websites, just do a google search.

    Net worth doesn’t mean cash though, it may be tied up in assets like homes, etc.. so that’s how someone can have a high net worth, but still be “broke.”  

  • too-cool-for-school

    Keith should be getting paid more if only due to the fact he has to sit in the middle of the battling divas. His sanity and safety are in question now, lolol.

    Nigel is totally leaking this stuff. Nothing gets the TMZ watermark that they haven’t paid big bucks for and are oh-so-proud to have gotten the ‘exclusive’ video that they can then brag about ‘breaking the story’. And it’s win-win for TMZ and Idol both because now people are actually talking about Idol again, for a brief moment.

    Nicki is turning out how I suspected she would. Lame. Even if the reports are greatly exaggerated, she is giving the slimy producers material to make publicity stunts from. There would be none of this drama w/o Nicki, we would have nice, civil audition episodes like before, but this is the price we pay for Idol’s desperate attempt at finding new viewers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shelby.walker.5011 Shelby Walker

    “There are websites, just do a google search.”

    Those celebrity net worth sites are so bogus. They are no more legit than if you or I made one. Pffft! 

  • Venus Hooper

     Kelly and Carrie are both worth over 200 million each as of a year ago.  More now since both have an additional album out and touring and such done!

  • Venus Hooper

     laughing, yeah I can hear Mariah egging Nicky on!  I’m not for either team really, It’s Nigel who get’s me, he seems to get all the crap stirring on this show.  Him and Harvey I bet got a deal going for this type of stuff.  Ratings gobblers and it does get the attention eh?  :)

    At the end of the clip on TMZ you do see old Nigel in there!!!

  • Venus Hooper

     Forbes released their top ten women earners of the past year yesterday and Brit Brit ranked 2nd.!  They (Forbes) predict next year Oprah will finally be knocked out of 1st. by a pop-artist!  Ellen G was in that Top 10 list as well.

  • Chris

    Depends on which site.  Its very hard to determine someone’s net worth (they just released the Forbes list yesterday) but in general, they are in the ball park at least when comparing celebrity A to celebrity B.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shelby.walker.5011 Shelby Walker

    ” they are in the ball park at least when comparing celebrity A to celebrity B.”

    I don’t believe that for a minute. Carrie Underwood stated that they were way off base that one year and hasn’t bothered to correct them since. They don’t follow any celebrity close enough to know all of their activities and they have no access to their financials. One celeb can be very savvy and have invested wisely while another is all flash and has nothing to show for their effort. 

    Net worth is a ridiculous measure anyway. Net means before expenses and taxes. What they might earn vs what it cost to make it, can be as different as night to day. 

  • CSFan

    Mariah Carey or not, if my co-worker threatened me like that and I had it on tape, law enforcement would be involved. Despite mj’s sources, I’m still leaning towards what is referred to in wrestling as a “worked shoot,” which is a storyline that that isn’t written in the storyline and only two or three people know is happening. It’s entirely possible only Nigel, Mariah, and Nicki were in on this. By design that makes it more realistic because everyone else genuinely didn’t know it was happening. I suspect Nigel is taking cues from Vince McMahon, the greatest carnival barker of all and I don’t like it.

  • MyDailyComment

    There is only ONE thing to do:  Mariah snatch off that girl’s stupid wig and slap her with it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/shelby.walker.5011 Shelby Walker

    ” Kelly and Carrie are both worth over 200 million each as of a year ago.  More now since both have an additional album out and touring and such done!”

    Again, I don’t believe that for a minute. Carrie is playing arenas while Kelly is playing theaters. Carrie is swimming in endorsements while Kelly is not. Kelly has not kept up with Carrie’s earning power for quite a few years now. 

  • Chris

    “Net means before expenses and taxes.”
    Um, no net means net of expenses, debts, etc…  Gross revenue is before, net is after.  See a simple CNN calc.

    This is way off topic, I just pulled it up to highlight that Nicki is new money.  If she’s worth $2M or $12M, I really don’t care. And she’s soon to be no money if she can’t control her temper.

    http://cgi.money.cnn.com/tools/networth/networth.html

  • http://www.facebook.com/shelby.walker.5011 Shelby Walker

    Oh whoops, my bad. Net is after which makes these estimates even more ridiculous. 

    Anyway, back on topic. Nikki Minaj isn’t worth the bleach to dye her weave. I hope she ganstas herself out of the job and AI doesn’t replace her. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol So now they have Nick Cannon’s comments to? Who is next? Nicole Kidman? lol

  • fantoo1

    I agree with Nick, part of what had made idol the best is it’s focus on the contestants as opposed to the judges and their egos. Hopefully these producers wake up and realize that people get turned off by these things.

  • http://twitter.com/carly_greene Carly Greene

    Kelly has always played both theaters and arenas. Who cares that Carrie is swimming in endorsements? Good for her and I do like Carrie. Also who cares if Kelly has not kept up with Carrie’s earning power for the past few years? I’m sure Kelly would give a flying flip about it. 

  • julesb2183

    Remember the incident on the result show last year when Nicki performed? Ryan, smiling and bantering with Nicki after, asked JLo if there was room for Nicki on the panel. JLo said pretty unequivocally NO. Maybe that is why she left – she knew there was a good chance Nicki was going to be brought on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shelby.walker.5011 Shelby Walker

    “Also who cares if Kelly has not kept up with Carrie’s earning power for the past few years? ”

    I don’t care but let’s be real and not pretend they are on the same level when they are not. The only thing they have in common now is a shitload of radio support. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/shelby.walker.5011 Shelby Walker

    I love Nick Cannon. I want to marry him. Mariah got damn lucky with that boy.

  • MikeyJ7

    Speak not of what you know not of. Kelly just played the Rod Laver Arena…let me repeat that: the Rod Laver ARENA.

    She was also in a national commercial for TOYOTA earlier this year and just wrote a song for PEPSI.

    Take your clueless self to the dartboard…

  • Venus Hooper

     lmfao….

    love your post!

  • Venus Hooper

     Watching a video earlier on this it showed Nigel at an angle going in from the direction it looks to be shot at if you note closely!  The guy is a publicity whore just like Simon!

  • GeauxSaints

    Wow…Very sad that American Idol has sunk to this level.  If they keep Ghetto Thug Niki whateverhernameis, they stand to lose a number of viewers. Me for starters-She pretty much showed her true colors during the Super Bowl show.  If I want to see this sort of show I’ll watch BET’s Trashy NoTalent Rap Screamers Show All.  You would think that AI might be able to find a better representative of the Urban genre.

  • http://MJO judes

    Lol Geauxsaints I shouldn’t read posts too quickly-I thought you were dissing on Keith Urban then I realised you were referring to “Urban culture”!! 
    I agree totally fantoo1 that idol is best when they focus on the contestants – that is why I watch -not because of any judges .As I record Idol it seems I will only be listening to Keith’s judging [& fast forwarding the rest] as to me he will make the most sense & going by what he did on The Voice here -he really cares about the contestants[I believe Randy does as well] As for the 2 divas – I believe they appear to be  only interested in their own promotion.Mariah at least has proven talent -I hope the show doesn’t stick with Nicki just for the so called “young” vote .She needs to earn her spot so I hope she focusses on what the show is all about- finding  new idols to vote for.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OWXSAMO5WKQYV3Q7UYQHVMZ6MA Ken

    It looks to me more like Nicki is arguing with the film crew and producers more than she is at Mariah. Mariah’s telling N to calm the eff down.