Disagreement over the choice of a certain contestant during the auditions in Charlotte, N.C reportedly triggered a heated argument between the two lady judges of the 12th season of American Idol.
"Minaj, a wig-wearing wacko rap superstar and Carey, a notoriously difficult diva, blew their stacks at each other when they disagreed about a contestant during “Idol” audtions in Charlotte, N.C" nydailynews.com
Carey called Minaj a “b***h,” and the “Your Love” singer threatened, “I’m gonna knock you out!” Read more
Show host Ryan Seacrest said it was an intense encounter, adding there is nothing wrong with disagreeing.
"It got heated between Nicki and Mariah," admitted Seacrest, who was outside the auditorium during the dust-up. "It was intense! I'll be honest with you . .. It went far last night. It did get intense."
"These are all very different individuals with different perspectives and different opinions that provide for interesting conversation and dialogue and feedback for the contestants," he added of Minaj, Carey, fellow newbie Keith Urban and longtime judge, Randy Jackson.
Tension between the two lady judges began when Mariah Carey, who was chosen ahead of Minaj favored singer Lenny Kravitz over the Trinidad and Tobago-born rapper. Read more
Fans of both judges viewed the argument as a way of promoting the show to boost its rating but it appears the exchange of harsh words between them are for real. Fan's Twitter messages on the issue are found here.
Season 12 of American Idol debuts January 2013.