Hey guess what! People magazine has sources at American Idol too. They also report that the Nicki Minaj/Mariah Carey relationship never got off on the right foot:
“Mariah has been saying little things to jab at Nicki from day one of shooting,” an Idol source tells PEOPLE. “Mariah doesn’t think Nicki can sing and doesn’t think she should be judging folks. Nicki has been taking all of the jabs, but on this particular day she lost it.”
There are those who insist that Mariah did not provoke Nicki. But the pink haired rapper was upset about something, as she stormed off the set earlier in the day.
“There was a contestant who liked opera, and Mariah was talking to her as a pop singer who also liked opera,” says one insider. “Nicki cut her off and slammed her fist on the table. Mariah may have been going on a bit too long but she did apologize. But then Nicki flipped out and started yelling.”
As for who leaked the damning video:
“On the day of the fight production staff were the only people in the room,” says the Idol source.
Right. Nigel Lythgoe.
Are heads going to roll? Maybe Nicki’s
Now that the catfight is out of the bag, “they are talking about firing Nicki. That is still up for debate. They are worried about how she will act during the live shows.”
The crew is in Baton Rouge, LA auditioning hopefuls today. The feud has subsided, for now.
“There was a photo shoot [Thursday] with all the judges and Ryan [Seacrest], and everybody showed up and it went smoothly,” a source close to production tells PEOPLE. “Everyone is looking forward to another full day of judging in Baton Rouge on Friday – and to moving forward.”
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