American Idol Bosses Shrug Off Nicki/Mariah Feud, Defend 'Passionate, Dynamic' Judges Panel

idol season 12 judgesThe producers of American Idol released a statement on Friday evening responding to the reported feud between the show’s new judges, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.

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“This is one of the best, most passionate, dynamic and invested judging panels we’ve ever had,” reads the official comment. “We love and support all of the judges and the fantastic work they are doing, and we can’t imagine a better group to find the next American Idol.”

Earlier this week, video surfaced on TMZ of Carey and Minaj throwing insults at each other and cussing.

The producers, however, maintain that “despite all the accusations and media speculation –  much of which is inaccurate — production is going extremely well today [on Friday] and the judges are focused on finding the best talent here in Baton Rouge.”

Idol is slated to return midseason.



Comments (20)

  • And if you believe that, they have a shiny new bridge they’d like to show you.

    Comment by Michael Sacal – October 6, 2012 11:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I just think it’s sad that this show seems to now be all about the starpower and not about the talent they are finding anymore-the one thing which sort of set it apart from the other ,uglier show Mr Cowell is now responsible for.

    Comment by RD – October 6, 2012 11:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • not so much “star power” as bitching, and whinning, and prima donna behavior. when Aguilera and Levine “fight” on the Voice, it’s fun, it’s funny, you know it’s not serious, you know they get along. One might even think that the producers of AI are making this up to imitate the rivalry between those two, but if they are, they’re doing a half assed job of it. if this is made up, they got it wrong. if it’s not made up, they should put a stop to it sooner rather than later. it’s not entertainment, it’s trash.

      Comment by Michael Sacal – October 6, 2012 01:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • They have just had two years of judges that got along really well, really cared about the talent, and where did that get them in the TVLine comments? Just a whole lot of people wanting to change the judges.

        Well, this is what you get.

        Comment by ben – October 7, 2012 01:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • they may have gotten along, but they didn’t perform their job that well.

          Comment by Michael Sacal – October 7, 2012 03:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yea because there is no way ‘having a feud’ wasn’t part of their contracts to garner viewers.

    You know why I don’t like reality shows? Because they lack integrity. I don’t care how fake somethng is, just don’t BS me that it isn’t. Tell me, and then I’ll decide if I think Otis of entertainment value to watch the scenario you have created.

    Comment by Jk – October 6, 2012 11:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Oh brother.

    Comment by Kim R – October 6, 2012 12:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Meanwhile, in the real world, you threaten to shoot a coworker and you end up at Gitmo.

    Comment by Chuck Finley (AJ) – October 6, 2012 01:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • indeed. the complain would be taken to human resources and the person who made the threat would be fired. but since this is TV, they operate under a different type of logic.

      Comment by Michael Sacal – October 6, 2012 03:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If these two “co-workers” cannot get along, they should be fired and the show should roll on without them. Now the show is all about the judges and the contestants are an after thought. And that is a crying shame.

    Comment by tvdiva – October 6, 2012 04:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • See my above comment. After getting rid of Simon Cowell Idol had a design philosophy for two years of making the show about the talent. See where that got them. It’s a crying shame, but the reality is that on TVLine so many of the comments are about how useless the judges were and how little they had to say… and I had to say ‘yay, the show isn’t about the judges any more, about time’.

      I’d be happy to se them cut altogether, honestly, but ratings actually seem to revolve around judge drama, and not talent, sadly.

      Comment by ben – October 7, 2012 01:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • If the judges could not critque properly then why have them? J-Lo Steven and Randy were write off as judges. Unfortunately it sounds like the American Idol producers haven’t replaced them with better ones except for maybe Keith Urbin. Nigel loves drama. So he thinks all these bickering rumours are going to bring in the young viewers. It won’t.

        Comment by Ladyguard – October 11, 2012 08:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • what a shame. this show seems to be all about the judges and not much about the contestants. because the show is losing the interest of the people, they resort to stirring up drama just to attract attention. pathetic.

    Comment by oliver – October 6, 2012 05:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It will continue to be about the judges until the show comes back in January. Since there are no contestants who else would it be aboutm?

    Comment by Forwarddad – October 6, 2012 07:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I believe it should get back to finding a _____ American Idol! ISN’T THAT THE SHOW? Mr Mean….I’m loving the talent (contestants) on The X Factor….its proving a great little emotional pull towards the singers within the journey through

    Comment by iluvtv – October 7, 2012 01:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Mr.Cowell seemingly getting it right. Showing a very good new group this season. The judges doing an awesome job.

    Comment by iluvtv – October 7, 2012 01:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I love Britney and Demi as judges. Simon made a very wise choice in getting these two

      Comment by Ladyguard – October 11, 2012 08:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Guess the headlines in British newspapers – “feud between judges on X Factor UK” – so it all seems to be going to plan irrespective of location

    Comment by cuius – October 8, 2012 02:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Those producers are delusional!

    Comment by vera – October 8, 2012 04:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thanks for crafting such a detailed post. After viewing it, I really walked away from it with more knowledge then I possessed previously.

    Comment by exhaust pipe wraps – February 26, 2013 05:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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