Nicki Minaj bitches out Mariah Carey on American Idol: genuine or faked for ratings?

True story: none of us, neither Kaiser, Bedhead nor I, really wanted to cover this story and we passed it back and forth a little until I landed on it. I don’t mind too much, it’s just tiring and predictable to listen to two divas argue. Plus I don’t like to parse out arguments, which is why we’re kind of ignoring all the Real Housewives stuff lately. There’s a point when it gets personal and nasty and no longer seems scripted or fun. That’s where I’m at with this Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey feud on the set of Idol and the show hasn’t even started yet!

Apparently Nicki and Mariah got into during the auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina yesterday and there’s video. (Above) Mariah must have said something to piss off Nicki, because Nicki really goes off on her, while Mariah just goes “why?” and kind of groans.

Here’s the story, thanks to TMZ:

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

In the footage, obtained by TMZ, Nicki is clearly furious … shouting, “I told them I’m not f*ckin’ putting up with her f**kin’ highness over there.”

Sources say Nicki later threatened to “knock out” Mariah … but she said it before the video starts.

It all went down while the two were sitting at the judge’s table … with Keith Urban sitting in between them and Randy Jackson sitting on the far end, next to Mariah.

We’re told the whole thing exploded over a disagreement over a contestant’s performance.

Listen closely as you play the video … you’ll hear

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.

[From TMZ]

Last week, US Weekly reported that the whole “feud” between Mariah and Nicki on Idol was planted by producers for ratings. A source told US that “The whole Mariah and Nicki beef is completely untrue. It’s just a desperate attempt to boost ratings.” I’m believing that this happened, and that Nicki flew off the handle at Mariah. Mariah did tweet “whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy” around that time, and then deleted it. This could be a put-on, although TMZ is reporting that “Big wigs on the show seem uncharacteristically upset by the blow up.” They’re also said to have suspended filming for the day, which must have been very expensive. They wouldn’t do that if the argument was fake. Maybe their master plan to stir up controversy between Nicki and Mariah just blew up in their faces. These two egos can’t exist in the same room and while it might be good for ratings it’s probably going to end up a disaster behind the scenes.

It’s also strange to me that they have four judges again. The last time they did that was with Kara DioGuardi, and then Ellen Degeneres in 2010, right? It always seemed awkward with four judges on the panel. I can’t believe they’re holding on to Randy Jackson, but maybe he’s insurance in case something like this happens.

Nicki Minaj is shown on 9-24-12. Credit: FameFlynet. Mariah Carey is shown on 9-7 and 9-8-12. Credit:

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  1. DD says:

    The big question is: was it reality or show? In my opinion it was fake.

    • Celebitchy says:

      I’ll change the title, that’s a good idea!

    • marie says:

      meh, it’s what the producers were hoping for when they hired both of them.. probably fake, but they will eventually get into a real one..

      • CindyBman says:

        I don’t know, it might be real. There were a lot of f-bombs and since AI is a family show, I think they would’ve made the ladies tone it down a bit?

        If the next time they argue it’s in a kiddie pool with Jello, we’ll know something’s up. 🙂

    • Frobeast says:

      Imma go with fake. It’s not like the footage was magically released. I’m sure someone at AI released it to continue to keep the “feud” in the news. Sigh. It’s just so pathetic. I know, why not have an actual good show, instead of resorting to gimmicks.

  2. bite me aka aniston says:

    nicki is such a trash-box

    • apsutter says:

      Yes she is! I love the term trash-box..that is hilarious! I cant wait until her career crashes and burns.

    • deehunny says:

      I wonder what Mariah said to piss her off so much. I don’t think it was fake at all.

  3. Memory30 says:

    I don’t even know why in the hell Nicky Minaj is a judge in a talent competition when she don’t have no freaking talent??? Yeah are both “divas” but at least Mariah has the background for it.

    • Launicaangelina says:

      Nicki is a trashy try hard. Can’t stand her. I’m not a big Mariah fan but you can’t deny her talent. I don’t watch the show but I had to comment on these two.

  4. NeNe says:

    I hope that Nicki kicks Mariah’s a**. I would actually pay to see someone put Mariah in her place!!!

  5. SleepyJane says:

    I saw the clip on another site. It looked pretty fake to me. Oh well. I won’t be watching either way.

    • alc says:

      Agreed. And isn’t it time that we call it quits on this show, and all of the wannabes, when the it has become more about the judges and nothing about the supposed talent search. It is so over, can we please move on….

  6. Rhea says:

    Always think that they are putting Carey and Minaj together as a judge because they are expecting the drama to boost the ratings.

  7. Charlotte says:

    I can’t watch the vid, but loving that it takes 2 men to usher Mimi around in her overly-spanxed outfit. It’s a tough job walking and coquettishly playing with your hair/glasses all at the same time

    • KellyinSeattle says:

      You win first prize for spelling coquettishly before 8 a.m., before my coffee!…perfect statement about Mariah. Nicki ; I just wish she’d just disappear. They both need to reign in their boobs a bit….but Mariah’s known for that. I could never be a diva celeb because I appreciate my comfort , i.e., being able to fit my boobs into my bra. i.e…being able to walk in comfort.

  8. DeltaJuliet says:

    A couple of huge egos, a diva who has been on the scene for decades and a diva who has a couple of hits. What a recipe for disaster. I can’t stand either of them. I haven’t watched AI in years, but I can tell you I would stop watching it because of the two of them.

  9. Dee Cee says:

    Minaj is just explosive argumentative and thin skinned..

  10. L says:

    Yea they are both ego driven divas.

    However-Mariah actually has talent and the record sales to prove it. So Team Mariah on this one. Nicki Minaj is nothing but a Diet Lil Kim. It’s disgusting.

    • ORLY says:

      Surprisingly, Minaj has record sales to ‘prove it’ too.

      • M. says:

        Longevity is the name of the game. Miley Cyrus sold a whole bunch of records too. Where is she now? To put it into perspective it’s important to note that there are two different kinds of artists: career artists and hit artists. Hit artists (Perry, Rihanna) get a whole bunch of sales of their hit songs but nobody actually cares enough about them to buy whole albums (they have no fans. See: Katy Perry’s box office numbers), so their ticket sales are poor (despite what their promo videos show you) and they only get a few people here and there due to their hits, but once they release an album without a hit (ala Christina Aguilera) they flop and have to cancel their tour as Miley Cyrus did. Nikki’s first album sold a million (which is about as much as Mumford & Sons, who have a career) but her latest release 600k. Not good. So in short Mariah has a career. Nikki is unproven and if she keeps dropping off like this without any hits she’ll fall off the radar. Hence American Idol. But then again, Mimi’s having trouble too.

      • ORLY says:

        I’d forgotten I commented on this thread.
        Dude, I don’t really care about any of this, hence the reason I said “surprisingly”. I’m not a fan of any of the “singers” you mentioned.

  11. MonicaQ says:

    At least Ms. Carey can sing (or at the very least used to be able to in the 90s, I have not heard her recently). Nicki Minaj came out as a rapper and then decided she was going to Rhianna but worse. Then gets mad when people say she’s not a rapper. Pick a side, lady. On top of that she can’t sing without auto-tuning the crap out of herself and dresses like whodunit and why.

    It’s the ego of Beyonce, the fashion sense of Lady Gaga through the lens of Lisa Frank, and the talent of a cat in heat. I just cannot with her. (I am not usually this cranky but Nicki Minaj and her whole shtick just makes me mad).

    • stefni says:

      ‘It’s the ego of Beyonce, the fashion sense of Lady Gaga through the lens of Lisa Frank, and the talent of a cat in heat. I just cannot with her. (I am not usually this cranky but Nicki Minaj and her whole shtick just makes me mad)’

      OMG can I marry you? You are literally my life LOL.

    • Rachel says:

      This cracked me up!

  12. Kim says:


  13. lizzi says:

    Looking at Nicki Minaj scares the crap out of me. As does listening to her music. GAHHH

  14. BX says:

    Nicki and all her personalities need to fall back. Mariah is THE DIVA and has earned that place. I don’t think NM should be fooled by the butterflies and rainbows, Mimi will knock her ass out.

  15. OXA says:

    Duelling diva’s and in 20 years Mariah will be remembered for her voice.
    The Minge will be remembered as a Mrs Ronald McDonald reject with no talent.

  16. Talie says:

    Well, how did TMZ get the video? Nigel leaked it to Harvey Levin…all the people there in that room are workers who sign strict contracts. It would only leak with permission. It might’ve been real, but the producers aren’t unhappy about this, not even a little.

  17. Nicolette says:

    Mega diva that Mariah is, at least she has the goods to back this up. Talented and a career spanning about 20 years. That mess known as Nicki whatshername has no business being there. Get rid of her.

  18. epiphany says:

    This Nicky Minaj person reminds me of the My Little Pony I had when I was a kid.
    And American Idol should have been cancelled years ago. What was once a novelty is now a yawn.

  19. Nev says:

    The younger ones can’t handle themselves it seems.

  20. Riana says:

    Fake as a $3 bill, on the plus this will work if that’s what the Idol producers were hoping would boost ratings.

    Still love it though, lol, thats one thing these shows never seem to have. Loudspoken women who won’t put up with crap, it’s also nice to see two black women on primetime and engaging eachother.

  21. ladybert62 says:

    I dont watch this show but this seems sad to me – the focus of the show is suppose to be on the contenders not on the judges! This just seems ass backwards.

    But like others have said, it is probably meant to boost the ratings – diva vs. diva drama!!!

    Maybe the two of them should just get their own reality show and leave the two male judges to judge the contenders on this show.

  22. Rachel says:

    Why Keith Urban? WHY????? You are one of the biggest names in country music. You’re nominated for Entertainer of the Year pretty much every year. Why would you do something like this?!

    • Ed45 says:

      I know he is very successful and very talented.

      But maybe they felt that they needed a third Judge with a BAD WIG! His rug is terrible! With all that money, he could, at least, try.

  23. Chellez says:

    Mariah is a nightmare. She makes Goopy look like child’s play. Having 20yrs being a diva does not give you the okay to talk to and treat anyone like shit. Especially when she wanted Nicky for her own single to get in on NMs fans.

    I like Nicki more for standing up for herself. A person can take so much from someone acting superior.

  24. Jules says:

    The feud is as fake as their various body parts.

  25. Lou says:

    Genuine. Having to halt production costs a lot of $$$$$$.

    • Gia says:

      I’m inclined to agree but am always leery of these stupid shows. Doesn’t matter anyway. I don’t watch them and never will…

  26. RB says:

    This is hilarious… I think it is real, it may have started as a fake disagreement, but knowing both these divas, it escalated pretty quickly.

    The producers really got more than they wanted. Shutting down production is expensive…

    I think they kept Randy as insurance too, just in case one of them walks off and doesn’t come back!!!

  27. Obvious says:

    team Mariah. I can’t stand Nicki, and as it has been pointed out Mariah has some real talent to back up her attitude. I may not like Mariah much but at least she’s earned her Diva title.

    @Rachel, i’m with you here. Keith is an amazing performer and talent and his career is still hot, WHY did he need this? Granted i think he left the Australian X Factor for this-maybe he just wanted to spend more time in the states???

  28. diva says:

    Mariah has the career to back the diva ego up. Who is Nicki? A wig wearing, split personality, Lil Kim wannabe. I haven’t watched Idol since 1st season, won’t watch this one either. I hope MC gives Nicki hell. There is no reason Nicki should be sitting in that chair. If they wanted a rapper to judge there are SO many better choices. Missy Elliot would have been great.

  29. Anna says:

    Ahhh Nicki Minaj does my bloody head in!! Everything about her annoy me, she a copy-cat of Lady Gaga and have zero talent,her Minnie mouse (cartoon) voice is soo auto-tuned it isn’t even funny, and has a rubbish attitude about herself.

  30. Skins says:

    Just another lame attempt to try to get people to watch this tired old show

  31. Shelly says:

    I think this is real. But I can’t understand a word that Nicki said. Good thing TMZ transcribed it! As far as AI keeping Randy on – I’m glad they did. I would not watch if they hadn’t. I like him and think the show wouldn’t be the same without him.

  32. lunabell says:

    If this was real, then Minaj lost this round. She admitted that the reason she was upset was Mimi’s superior attitude! Never let them know that their superiority (or at least, the appearance of their superiority) got to you! Minaj comes off as insecure trash.

    Also, I’m genuinely confused as to who the “get in control / don’t lose your head / figure it out” comment was directed at. Was she saying it to herself, or Mariah / Randy?

  33. Darth says:

    I could pretty much care less about Mariah Carey as a singer or as a person, but if this is true Nicki Minaj ought to be removed from the show. She is way too new and way too C-List to be copping an attitude. Mariah Carey has earned her place and status. Nicki should have been prepared to play second fiddle when she signed on to do the show. She’s still getting way more money than she deserves, so she should just be happy and shut up. Mariah might be the type to make little jabs or get under your skin with her ego, but I couldn’t see her being aggressively mean or bossy, so there’s no need for Nicki to be so ghetto and have such an unprofessional and over the top reaction. Mariah has/had one of the best voices in the biz, and she’s also a talented song writer, so little Nicki ought to respect her opinion even when she doesn’t agree with it, and learn her place. I kind of hope Mariah IS as big a diva as some accuse her of, and that she uses her influence to get that trashy bitch kicked off the show. I just can’t stand these rookies not respecting their elders, and thinking that they own the world after having like 2 years of success under the belt.
    F#ck the Nicki’s and CaCa’s of the world.

  34. Happy21 says:

    It’s for ratings. Pure & Simple. They want people to watch this on TV and the internet so people will actually want to watch this stupid show.

    If it is real Nicky M needs to sit down and STFU. She shouldn’t even be on that show. Chances are nearly all of the contestants will be more talented than her.

  35. Aubra says:

    …why they saw fit to put that rat on as a judge in the first place I will never know

  36. TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

    Comments are spot on as usual and MOnicaq for the win; yes, frobeast how novel why not actually put on a good show;if they wanted an actual rapper why not Queen Latifah more talent and class than that minnie mouse on amphetamines.

  37. Guest says:

    AI will be cancelled after this year. It lasted too long.

  38. Kim says:

    It’s real but it was leaked by AI, not suprised by NM she has no class

  39. Krissy says:

    Why does Mariah always hold onto someone when she walks?? Drunk?? Meds???

    • Kimlee says:


      she can’t walk in her shoes, their ether too high or too small for her. I watch a making the Video with Mariah years ago and the shoes they gave her to wear was a size too small for her. She wore them anyway, she said she dose it all the time.

      My take on it, is if you can’t walk in the shoes don’t wear them becuase you end up looking like a damn fool.

  40. wattdj says:

    American idol TV show is trash! Honestly nobody watches it or talk about it! I thought the show ended at least it should! X Factor Tv show, America’s Got Talent, and America’s dance crew and other are the Now an it shows! They over threw American idol TVs show, which is Why they hired Mega celebrities to play judges hoping it would gain publicity! But that didn’t work! So they decided to create This fighting stunt with Mariah and Nicki! Wow and it’s still not working! Lol!!! That’s what they get for trying to play a trick on the people! The media are always deceiving Us!