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Nicki Minaj Also Confirms ‘American Idol’ Exit

By | Thursday May 30, 2013 @ 4:49pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The Mariah Carey-Nicki Minaj American Idol rivalry carried over to the divas’ departure from the show, with Minaj stepping on Carey’s toes and announcing her own departure on Twitter shortly after Carey had done the same, also on Twitter. “Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience!,” Minaj wrote. “Wouldn’t trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!”

Minaj joins fellow judges Carey and Randy Jackson on the list of Idol departures as the veteran series wrapped its lowest-rated season. We’ve yet to hear from judge Keith Urban and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, both of whom are rumored to also depart. Fox and Idol producers seem to have already moved on, with Jennifer Hudson in talks for a spot on the judging panel next season, possibly alongside other well-known Idol alums. Read More »

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Anyone Care Who Won ‘American Idol’?

By | Thursday May 16, 2013 @ 7:14pm PDT

Obviously the winner of American Idol‘s 12th season was going to be a woman since this is the first time in many seasons that the two finalists are female. Other than that, I don’t give a shit who takes the prize because, seriously, are these victors (who always sound like cats being strangled) ever heard from again? Not really, except maybe Kelly Clarkson or even Carrie Underwood. This season was memorable only because of the bickering between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, and the lousy ratings down about 25% compared to last season. That said, do not read further if you want to be surprised… SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!  Read More »

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Jennifer Lopez To Perform On May 16 ‘Idol’ Finale As Fox Chases Her For Next Year; Mariah Carey Blames Network & Producers For “Perpetuating” Nicki Minaj Feud

UPDATE (new Jennifer Lopez details below): American Idol’s Mariah Carey is one unhappy diva because of the drama between her and fellow judge Nicki Minaj, according to Carey’s husband Nick Cannon. “She didn’t sign up for that,” he said today to LA’s KTLA-TV morning show host Sam Rubin (video below). On air, Cannon accused “someone behind the scenes perpetuating” the conflict. Once the camera was off, Cannon blamed Fox Alternative Entertainment chief Mike Darnell for bringing Minaj onto the show. “No one thought it was a good idea then and no one thinks it is a good idea now,” Cannon said. (See related Falling ‘Idol’ Fuels New Mariah-Minaj Feud.)

Meanwhile Deadline has learned new details about Idol and Jennifer Lopez. The singer will use Season 12′s May 16th finale to debut her new single Live It Up from her 8th album. It is being released through producer RedOne’s 2101 label that is distributed by Capitol Music which signed her to a big new record deal. Also Fox is desperate to bring back Jennifer Lopez to the show next year after its feeble attempt to replace Mariah with J-Lo on Idol didn’t go anywhere. An insider tells Deadline’s Nikki Finke about Lopez: ”Fox is chasing her. They want her back. She has not made her mind up about it. She is on the fence. They wanted her to replace Mariah. There was no way she was going to do that. They started talking to her hard about next year. She really liked doing it but big question if she should do it again.”

Related: ‘American Idol’ Briefly Considered Replacing Mariah Carey With Jennifer Lopez

Cannon was doing publicity for his own show, America’s Got Talent, which he hosts again starting June 4th. Today he also raised doubts that Carey would be coming back to the once-dominant show next year if asked. “If they get it stable she might relook at it, but she doesn’t want to be a part of anything unstable,” he told KTLA’s Sam Rubin. This season has set record lows.

Here’s Cannon’s KTLA appearance:

Cannon today also said Carey predicted problems between Minaj and her before the two were even brought on board as new judges this season. Read More »

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Falling ‘Idol’ Fuels New Mariah-Minaj Feud

By | Thursday May 2, 2013 @ 4:40pm PDT

Maybe a diva fight will get viewers to watch American Idol. Judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj were at it again last night on the same night Idol had its worst Wednesday rating ever. The judges got into a war of words that spilled onto Twitter today: Carey tweaked Minaj about her not having a “Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 song.” Then the rapper wrote online: “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”. The two are actually tied with 44 Hot 100 hits, but Minaj has never had a tune make it higher than No. 3 on the charts. Minaj also tweaked Carey about reports that Jennifer Lopez may be returning to the show. “All dem #1s but JLo phone ringin? LOL. I guess having a personality, being a secure woman, and giving genuine critique still trumps that.” Carey has not responded to Minaj’s latest taunts, and Minaj seems to have dropped it for now. But like the dust-up between the testy two late last year the new brouhaha brought Idol some badly needed attention. Will sparks between the two judges who so obviously dislike each other translate into much needed numbers tonight?

Related: Judging The Judges: Minaj & Carey – ‘American Idol’ Read More »

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‘American Idol’ Judge Nicki Minaj Joining Fox’s ‘The Other Woman’

By | Thursday April 25, 2013 @ 12:01pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Nicki Minaj, whose clever and sassy commentary makes American Idol bearable, has signed on to star with Cameron Diaz in The Other Woman, the pic that Nick Cassavetes is directing for Fox. Diaz plays a woman who realizes she is not her boyfriend’s primary lover, and teams up with the man’s wife to plot revenge. Game Of Thrones‘ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays the cad, and Leslie Mann, Kate Upton and Chicago Fire‘s Taylor Kinney also star. Minaj makes her screen-starring debut, playing the larger-than-life assistant to Diaz’s lawyer character. The assistant is opinionated and sharp and brutally honest, and we know Minaj can handle that. The film shoots in New York in May. She was repped on the deal by Gee Roberson, Brian Sher and attorney Kenny Meiselas. 

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Judging The Judges On Competition TV: Nicki Minaj & Mariah Carey – ‘American Idol’

By | Monday March 11, 2013 @ 12:08pm PDT

With few exceptions, the success and failure and memorability of most competition reality shows has nothing to do with the contestants. It’s the judges, stupid. So Deadline is going to judge the judges. Criteria will include 1) Expertise in their field, 2) Confidence in their role, 3) Connecting with their contestants, and finally 4) Their charisma and controversy. We start with American Idol’s Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey:

The gold standard of competition TV judges on American Idol is and will always be Simon Cowell. The acerbic Brit was a nobody in America when Idol debuted. But his long history as an A&R exec gave his criticisms and compliments weight and credibility. Same with Randy Jackson, who was a record producer. But short-lived Idol judge Ellen DeGeneres had no background in the music biz. A judges panel usually consist of the nice one, the tell-it-like-it-is one, and the icon or role model. A judge’s job is to rid the show of wannabes going nowhere and encourage potential stars. American Idol has three new judges on the show this season but let’s be honest: there are really only two Idol judges worth talking about — Nicki and Mariah. A sop to the country music market, freshman Keith Urban is just a pleasant prop in strategically distressed blue jeans. Veteran Jackson is just an ineffectual prop who should have been removed last … Read More »

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‘American Idol’ Judges Q&A: Video

By | Wednesday January 9, 2013 @ 5:29pm PST

That ongoing “feud” between American Idol judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj? Despite assertions by producers and Fox execs that friction between the two is “genuine” and that even Keith Urban and Randy Jackson have their moments, some observers are convinced the fracas is fake. Whatever the case, the judges and host Ryan Seacrest participated in a Q&A today that didn’t really address the so-called feud, but judges did take questions from online viewers around the country. They also talked about their reasons for joining the show and their individual approaches to judging contestants in what Urban politely described as part of a big “dysfunctional” but happy family.

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Steven Tyler Says He’s No “Racist”, Apologizes To Nicki Minaj Over ‘Idol’ Comments

By | Wednesday November 28, 2012 @ 4:11pm PST

Former American Idol judge Steve Tyler is sorry that current Idol judge Nicki Minaj took his recent criticism as racist but he doesn’t know why she had that interpretation in the first place. “I am the last thing on this planet as far as being a racist. I don’t know where she got that out of me saying I’m not sure how she would have judged Bob Dylan,” the Aerosmith frontman said on Canadian TV yesterday.  “I apologize if it was taken wrong, Nicki,” Tyler told eTalk. Minaj has not responded to the latest remarks.

Related: Nicki Minaj Calls Steven Tyler’s Slam “Racist” Read More »

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Nicki Minaj Calls Steven Tyler’s Slam of Current Crop Of ‘Idol’ Judges “Racist”

By | Monday November 26, 2012 @ 4:48pm PST

American Idol judge Nicki Minaj today says it’s “racist” of Steven Tyler to predict that she’d probably send Bob Dylan back to “the cornfield” if he appeared as a contestant on the Fox show. The current judge’s backlash on Twitter against the former Idol judge came after Tyler unfavorably compared the present panel to when he was on the show. “If it was Bob Dylan, Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield! Whereas, if it was Bob Dylan with us, we would have brought the best of him out, as we did with Phillip Phillips. Just saying,” the Aerosmith lead singer told MTV News Monday. “I know that they’ve got something going on on the judges’ panel, [and] it shouldn’t be that, it should be just the opposite. They should have something going on, which is called ‘camaraderie,’” Tyler said in reference to rumors of in-fighting on the judge’s panel between Minaj and Mariah Carrey. Minaj, who was officially announced as one of the replacements to the departing Tyler and Jennifer Lopez in September, responded with a flurry of tweets today. “You assume that I wouldn’t have liked Bob Dylan??? why? black? rapper? what? go fuck yourself and worry about yourself babe,” Minaj added on Twitter. “When Steven 1st went on Idol he was ridiculed by his peers & fans alike. Called … Read More »

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‘American Idol’ Auditions Slated To Continue After Mariah Carey-Nicki Minaj Fight

By | Wednesday October 3, 2012 @ 8:28am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

UPDATE 10 AM: American Idol auditions got underway with all four judges present, including feuding Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.

PREVIOUS: The ink on Nicki Minaj’s American Idol contract is not even dry yet, and she already is at the center of a controversy that disrupted filming on the Fox reality show yesterday. In a video posted by TMZ last night, Minaj and fellow Idol judge Mariah Carey are seen going at each other, with Minaj instigating the fight by launching a barrage of expletives, including shouting “I told them I’m not f**kin’ putting up with her f**kin’ highness over there,” about Carey.

The heated exchange led to an early wrap of filming in Charlotte, North Carolina. “It did go too far, to the point where the producers said ‘let’s call it a day,’” Idol host Ryan Seacrest said of the altercation on his radio show this morning. “Those few contestants who didn’t get to see the judges, they’ll bring them back today.” Auditions are scheduled to continue as planned in Charlotte today. It remains to be seen if all four judges will show up.

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‘American Idol’ Officially Names Keith Urban & Nicki Minaj As New Judges

By | Sunday September 16, 2012 @ 7:15am PDT

The country singer and the outrageous rapper have joined Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey on the judging panel for season 12. As expected for the past week, Fox made the formal announcement this morning as all four judges get set to appear at American Idol auditions in New York today. Minaj’s contract is rumored to be in the $10 million to $12 million range. Urban, who quit his gig as a judge on the Australian version of The Voice late last week, is rumored to be earning about $3 million to $5 million next season. “With an unparalleled star like Mariah, fan-favorite Randy, chart-toppers like Nicki and Keith and our incomparable host Ryan, we’ve put together one of the most exciting judging panels around,” said Mike Darnell, Fox’s President of Alternative Entertainment today. Read More »

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