Is the Mariah Carey & Nicki Minaj feud fake & planned by ‘Idol’ producers?

Nicki Minaj

Here’s a photo of Nicki Minaj launching her new fragrance, Pink Friday, in New York City. From the looks of her getup, I already feel fully prepared to preemptively excuse Mariah Carey for any and all diva-related outbursts against this technicolour nightmare. The only problem with my strategy, of course, is that there may not be an “American Idol”-based feud between the two known divas after all. Say what?

Yes, we’ve already heard that Nicki Minaj’s confirmation as as official judge on “American Idol” has been met with much alleged opposition on the part of Mariah because (1) She wanted to be the only woman on the panel; and (2) “Idol” shall henceforth be known as “The Mariah Show.” If anything, I wondered whether Mariah (who has been selling records for decades) would be insulted to be on the same panel as a relative pop-music ruffian like Nicki. However, a story in this week’s Us Weekly claims that the feud does not really exist but has been fabricated well in advance by show producers. Furthermore, an “Idol” source claims that the plan is “to paint Nicki as the crazy bad guy.” This sounds like a ratings grab for sure:

Mariah Carey

Fans expecting a good old-fashioned diva battle on this season of “American Idol” may be in for a disappointment. Insiders say all that talk about new panelists Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj not getting along on set has been drummed up by producres of the Fox hit. “It’s totally spun for publicity,” says one insider.

And to score more much-needed fans. The show’s May finale (when Phillip Phillips, 22, took the title) drew the fewest viewers of all 11 season-enders. Producers hope they can restore the roar by adding intrigue before “Idol” starts airing in January. Says the source, “[Executive producer] Nigel Lythgoe would love it if ‘Idol’ did better than ‘X Factor.’” Echoes another, “The whole Mariah and Nicki beef is completely untrue. It’s just a desperate attempt to boost ratings.”

Behind the scenes, the five-time Grammy-winning songstress and the big-wigged “Pound the Alarm” rapper, 29, are getting along. “Nicki respects Mariah,” says a Minaj insider. Indeed, when the duo collaborated on Carey’s “Up Out My Face” in 2010, Minaj couldn’t stop gushing. “It was like a dream come true,” she told Us that November. “We hit it off. Whenever we speak, we’re always laughing.” Two years later, the good times are still rolling. “Nicki is having so much fun,” says a Minaj pal. “They crack each other up!”

But while they’re not fighting yet, sources say there’s potential for future drama. “Nicki is difficult to work with,” admits one insider. “She can be very demanding.” And Carey isn’t one to sit back quietly in her new judge’s chair. Says a source, “She loves Nicki, but she wants to be the only diva.”

[From Us Weekly, print edition, October 8, 2012]

I fully believe that “Idol” producers hired Minaj in the hopes that she and Mariah would eventually come to blows during a taped episode. These reality television/musical competition shows love that crap. Think back to Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell or even the more recent example of Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine. With the “Idol” ratings on the wane, the producers would love nothing more than to serve up some bitchfights for the general public because — let’s face it — Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler just weren’t pulling each other’s scarves on a regular basis. Maybe Mariah and Nicki will eventually find themselves playing along too. Who knows?

Nicki Minaj

Mariah Carey

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  1. Riana says:

    Q: “. ”

    A: of course it is.

  2. some bitch says:

    Could we go perhaps ten or fifty years without another singing-competition reality show? I’m so sick of these programs.

    At least Mariah can sing.

  3. Rhea says:

    Well, this kinda show always need a drama to spice it up, non?

  4. Cruisegirl says:

    Does Mariah always have to have her boobs hanging out?

  5. Skins says:

    Of course it is. How else to get people to watch this tired old show?

  6. mln76 says:

    I totally buy that the producers are egging on the feud….but I also bet they end up at eachother’s throats….oh and I am Team Mariah all the way on this one-she may be a spoiled difficult person BUT she can sing and has been charting for 2 decades..Minaj is all image and is annoying as hell.

  7. TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

    Of course – enough has been posted and written on the internet and blogs (including this one) what actually goes on behind the scenes of these “contests” I’m surprised people take them seriously – remember television is driven by ratings first and foremost if quality emerges that’s fine, but not necessary. Is it just me or in that first pic why does Niki minaj look like an alien, not really human, her management team must be splitting their guts that such a dopey talentless trick got this far and is taken this seriously at least by some.

  8. Darth says:

    Mariah was one of the first, if not THE first major pop star to use Nicki as a guest rapper in one of her songs, back in ’07 or ’08. They even filmed a video for it together. It was for a planned remix album that got dumped at the last minute, so a lot of people probably aren’t aware of it. Anyway, my point being that Mariah seemed to champion her & I’m sure Nicki hasn’t forgotten the favor. This feud sounds fake.

  9. zenb!tch says:

    Because there is no possible way two women can get along. Sigh.

  10. UniqJaz says:

    They have worked on a song together in the past. i dont think they have real beef, but maybe would play along for the ratings.