With “American Idol” beginning its 12th season, only Randy Jackson returns as a judge. The three new judges – Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey – are already showing their passion for both the good and the bad to their Fox bosses.
The season hasn’t started yet, but journalists already got a sneak peek at the chemistry between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. The two had a disagreement at the “American Idol” season-opening news conference about, what else, their reported disagreements.
Minaj said it is normal to have disagreements with a coworker and said all the judges are professional. Mike Darnell, an executive with Fox, said there’s a lot of passion within the four judges when it comes to music and that can create some heated moments that fans will enjoy. Keith Urban is also new this year, joining returning judge Randy Jackson. This is the first time since 2009 the show will have four judges on the stage.
The top dogs at Fox hope that the star appeal of Minaj and Carey, as well as the relationship of the two, will help put “American Idol” back on top of the ratings where it was for so long. NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” took the most-watched crown last season. Producers decided to hire Minaj, Carey and Urban after fans started expressing the want to see current artists who have different backgrounds in music.
But it’s not just football “American Idol” is battling with to be top dog. There are plenty of other singing and talent shows on TV now, like “The Voice,” “The X Factor” and “America’s Got Talent.” Darnell, however, seemed to believe that those shows were competing with themselves while “American Idol” would always remain the best talent show in the United States.
Carey said there’s nothing that can or will be done about the fighting, and the focus should be on the TV show American Idol itself. But the fighting between the two didn’t start with “American Idol.” Minaj put a bad taste in a lot of female hip-hop and R&B performers when she came on the scene and started boasting about being the best female emcee ever. Minaj and Carey worked together on a track in 2009, and a video leaked from early auditions in the fall where it appeared Minaj threatened to shoot Carey. Minaj downplayed the incident later on Twitter, but it appears the arguing won’t stop at press conferences.