Nicki Minaj Says Her Relationship With Mariah Carey Not Improving

Nicki Minaj tells MTV News that her relationship with fellow American Idol judge, Mariah Carey, is not getting better:

While Minaj can often be seen turning her back to one-time rival Mariah Carey and rolling her eyes during Mimi’s comments, there is none of the knock-down, drag-out screaming? that occurred during audition rounds.

“I don’t know,” Minaj sighed when asked if she felt that things were in a good place. “Listen, I just know that I have a lot of self-control on that panel. A lot of self-control,” she added with a warm smile during a sit down with MTV News on Monday for the “MTV First: Nicki Minaj” special.

“That’s all I’ll say about that.” As for whether it’s gotten any better, her answer was succinct. “No.”

Nicki insists, “I focus on the contestants. I don’t know about anybody else.” She’s also proud of the talent the judges picked, comparing the singers to season 3 standouts like Fantasia Barrino, LaToya London and Jennifer Hudson. “We picked some really great people and I’m really proud of that,” she said.

As far as her critiques, which can sometimes be very blunt, Nicki says, ” I never say it in a cruel way. It’s always in fun.”

That Nicki and Mariah aren’t exactly besties at this point is not a bulletin, as their body language makes perfectly clear. My prediction is that Nicki will be leaving Idol at the end of the season.

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