Viewers who tuned into the Season 12 premiere of “American Idol” Wednesday night hoping to see fireworks between new judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey were not disappointed; they definitely delivered the drama.
Carey and Minaj started the night off with a little tiff over the rapper’s feathered hat sitting on the judges’ table and Nicki constantly interrupted Mariah, offering up more than her fair share of eye rolls and obnoxious sighing.
It got worse when one of the contestants told Carey that “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is the best modern-day Christmas song. As Carey noted that the song went back to No. 1 last year, Minaj started calling Carey a “b**** to the camera.
Carey shot back, “If she’s calling me something that begins with a b, I rebuke it.”
More spats between Carey and Minaj were featured on the ‘Idol’ season premiere, but there were actual auditions happening in between the fighting.
Minaj even took a jab at Mariah’s range, by sarcastically telling one of the singers that he had more range than Mariah.
Fellow newbie Keith Urban and veteran judge Randy Jackson sat in between the dueling divas as the panel listened to Idol hopefuls in New York City. In the end, 41 contestants were sent on to Hollywood.