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.

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

  2. RD says:

    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.

    • 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.

      • ben says:

        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.

  3. Jk says:

    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.

  4. Kim R says:

    Oh brother.

  5. Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

    Meanwhile, in the real world, you threaten to shoot a coworker and you end up at Gitmo.

    • 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.

  6. tvdiva says:

    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.

    • ben says:

      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.

      • Ladyguard says:

        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.

  7. oliver says:

    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.

  8. Forwarddad says:

    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?

  9. iluvtv says:

    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

  10. iluvtv says:

    Mr.Cowell seemingly getting it right. Showing a very good new group this season. The judges doing an awesome job.

  11. cuius says:

    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

  12. vera says:

    Those producers are delusional!

  13. Thanks for crafting such a detailed post. After viewing it, I really walked away from it with more knowledge then I possessed previously.

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