As the ratings for "American Idol" fall, it seems, the animosity between "Idol" judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey increases.
Minaj ripped open the scab on her feud with Carey on Thursday, referring to her television cohort as "insecure" and "bitter," after Carey tweaked Minaj over her lack of No. 1 singles on Wednesday night's "Idol."
The spat was also revived, coincidentally or not, after hitting a Wednesday night low in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic.
The latest chapter in Nicki and Mariah's Big Book of Suspect Controversies was written during Wednesday night's episode, when Carey took a not-terribly-veiled poke at Minaj while critiquing a contestant.
"Again, back to the Billboard Hot 100, No. 1 song, which you just performed -- which is difficult to get; not everybody has that," Carey cracked, with her talons extended in Minaj's general direction.
Responding to a post on gossip website PerezHilton on Thursday morning -- which declared "Mariah Carey BURNS Nicki Minaj on 'Idol'" -- "Starships" singer Minaj tweeted to the site's namesake, "Bwaha! Burn? Shes sad i tied her record for Hot 100 entries in only 3 years of being in the game. Yep, a black female rapper @perezhilton."
And then it got real -- or manufactured, depending on one's viewpoint -- as Minaj wrote Carey off as insecure and bitter.
"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 @perezhilton," Minaj tweeted.
So there you have it: Mariah Carey is insecure and bitter. Also, according to Nicki Minaj, Perez Hilton apparently has a messy ass.
Minaj also used former "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez -- who producers reportedly tried to woo back to the show, in light of this season's low ratings -- as a crowbar with which to further bludgeon Carey's dented ego.
"All dem #1s but JLo phone ringin? Lol. I guess having a personality, being a secure woman, and giving genuine critique still trumps that," Minaj wrote.
Watch the "Idol" "drama" "unfold" below: