That feud between divas Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey that everybody’s been kinda, sorta denying all season on “American Idol?” Well, it reared its ugly head on Thursday night’s show with a few cutting remarks. Not too long after, it shook out its hair and let it all hang out in the form of Twitter posts from Minaj. Oh, yeah, it is on and we just might see something like real emotion — except crying — coming from Carey for the first time all season in the next few episodes.
As boring as the season’s been, a fan can only hope…
What happened, for those who missed Wednesday night’s fireworks, was a difference of opinion among the judges on a performance by finalist Angie Miller. According to TV Guide’s rundown on May 3, when Minaj attempted to disagree with Carey’s critique, Carey noted as how Manaj had never scored a No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 (as many know, Mariah Carey holds the record for most No. 1 songs by a solo artist — 18).
Afterward, Minaj took up the verbal battle again on Twitter, posting a comment directed at an article of the verbal volleying from Perez Hilton: “Bwaha! Burn? Shes sad i tied her record for Hot 100 entries in only 3 years of being in the game. Yep, a black female rapper”
But Minaj had more to say to Perez: “What u SHOULD be doing (wit your messy ass) is asking why a woman SO successful at her age, is still so INSECURE, and bitter”
But Minaj wasn’t finished. She got in one more tweet/jab: “All dem #1s but JLo phone ringin? Lol. I guess having a personality, being a secure woman, and giving genuine critique still trumps that.”
Minaj’s slam referenced a story last week from The Hollywood Reporter that “Idol” producers had attempted to dump Carey midway through the season when ratings continued to slide (they have been sliding all year). Producers, however, deny that there was ever any talks with Lopez, the two-year “Idol” judge who left after Season 11, or that there were discussions of replacing Carey as a judge.
Still, even with all the back-and-forth, the two settled back into their usual stony silences with regard to each other. And that’s rather unfortunate for “American Idol,” which has been a dominating force on television for the last decade. But this season has seen a tremendous fall in the ratings and the show has even lost the night to, of all things, a repeat of “Big Bang Theory” one evening and to a reality show about redneck duck hunters, “Duck Dynasty,” on another.
Their highest ratings for the season? The Charlotte auditions episode where Nicki Minaj had a meltdown, cussed Mariah Carey, called the R&B singer “her highness” in derision, and stormed off the set.