Four Reasons Why This Nicki/Mariah Feud Could Ruin ‘American Idol’
photos: Yahoo! News
photos: Yahoo! News
Why? Because if this controversial and altogether icky tabloid-fueled feud continues the way it has been, it will ultimately be the downfall of the entire "Idol" empire. "AI" has survived the exits of Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul, the hiring and firing of Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi, and countless scandals (from Corey Clark to Jermaine Jones)...but I don't know if it can survive this mess. And honestly, if this is how the new-but-not-improved "Idol" is going to be from now on, I don't know if I want it to survive.
So for all you under-rock-dwellers and non-"Idol"-watchers, here's the situation in one nutty nutshell: This week, TMZ posted "leaked" flipcam footage of a nasty catfight between "Idol's" two new judges, Nicki and Mariah, who'd been rumored to be bickering for weeks. (Rumors that the Fox powers-that-be steadfastly denied, while probably secretly relishing the free publicity that such gossip generated.) That video was scandalous enough, but then the next day, Mariah spoke to "The View's" Barbara Walters, and she shockingly claimed that Nicki had threatened to shoot her with a gun. Nicki's response in this she-said/she-said fracas was to go off on a Twitter rant refuting Mariah's wild story, and even implying that Mariah and Barbara's report was racist. Later, it was reported that Mariah is now showing up at "Idol" audition tapings with a fleet of security personnel to protect her from Nicki; that Nicki felt "blindsided" by Mariah's accusation; and that Mariah was furious that the telltale video footage had "leaked" in the first place. (Side note: I will probably always insert quotation marks around the word "leaked" when using it in this context, since I have a feeling that video was meant to get out. If it wasn't, then some member of the "Idol" production staff has surely been fired by now.)
As of this writing, Nicki has not made good on these reported "death threats," no metal detector has been installed on the "Idol" set, and the Season 12 judges have made it through at least two more audition tapings and one photo shoot unscathed. This, of course, is a good thing. But, speaking of getting fired...also as of this writing, none of the judges have quit or been handed a pink-slip. And that may not be such a good thing, because I really don't think this panel is going to work out as-is. I'd rather have Ellen DeGeneres rejoin the show or have Fox re-hire former "X Factor USA" judge Nicole Scherzinger than watch an entire season of Nicki and Mimi's silly, possibly staged catfighting.
Right now, it's still up for speculation as to whether this entire blowup was just staged for publicity--as The Hollywood Reporter and "The Voice's" Cee Lo Green have claimed--or if it was the real deal (or a bit of both). And I am not really sure which scenario would be worse. All I know is, this isn't the show I signed up for. This isn't the show that Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood signed up for. This is not "American Idol."