American Idol Judges' Spat: Was Nicki Minaj Really Mad At Randy Jackson, Not Mariah Carey?
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"American Idol" was set to address the fight last Fall that occurred in Charlotte, N.C., between new judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey on Wednesday night's show, but what ended up hitting the airwaves was a tame version of the spat, depleted of the swearing that prompted a flood of headlines back in October 2012.
As "Idol" watchers will recall, the original video, which was leaked on TMZ last year, appeared to show Nicki angrily taking on Mariah, tossing out curse words and accusing the superstar of "running down her resume every five minutes."
What aired on FOX was not that portion of their disagreement, but instead, what seemed to be a look at what led up to the now infamous blow up, and it showed Randy Jackson was apparently more involved than previous headlines suggested.
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It was while blonde singer Summer Cunningham, 20, from Georgia, was answering questions about her style of music - questions that originated from the other new judge -- Keith Urban -- that seemed to start the dialogue that irritated Nicki.
"Where do you see yourself as a singer?" Keith asked, after Summer performed "Lean On Me."
"I did the country thing. I'm more of a soulful country, maybe, is kind of what I have been doing," she said.
Keith - a country superstar - was clearly a little irritated himself, by the young woman's comments.
"Right," he said. "I always get thrown when people say, 'I did the country thing.' I'm like, well, it's like saying, 'I did the brain surgeon thing.' Either you're a brain surgeon or you're not."
Randy then chimed in, letting Summer know she sounded like a country artist to his expert ears.
"Your voice naturally lends itself to country," he said. "You have a yodel every time you sing. I could see you doing the country thing more than I could see you doing anything."
The cameras then panned to Nicki, who was silent, and appeared disinterested in the conversation.
"When you said you did the country thing, Keith got mad," Mariah piped up, with a giggle. "I was joking, but [I have a] question though, did you grow up listening to country music? Do you love it? Is it your passion?"
Summer then backtracked a little bit, telling the judges, "I grew up singing all sorts of stuff, but whenever I decided to pursue music, it was country music. I loved country music as well."
Randy, Mariah and Keith all said they would vote the young woman through to the Hollywood round, and at that point, Nicki sat up from her chair with something to say.
"Thank you because for a minute I thought it was like a country music debate," she said, as the panel laughed, clearly not aware that Nicki was annoyed at their country conversation.
"I mean, why are we like picking her apart, like, because of a country comment? You guys make comments about everybody in the pop, in popular music, all day, non-stop," Nicki said.