“Idol’s” auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday, which were reportedly interrupted when Minaj blew up at Carey at the judges’ table. The site reports that the disagreement happened over a contestant’s performance, with “Idol’s” third new judge, Keith Urban, stuck in the middle.“There was a very heated, intense argument toward the end of the day,” “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest said on his radio show Wednesday. “I was outside with the contestant’s family at the time. Both of these judges, as I have said before, come with different perspectives. Nicki’s got a specific perspective about what’s playing and hot on the chart right now. Mariah has got that iconic experience and that legend status, being one of the greatest singers alive. You’re going to have different opinions, which is fantastic.” That said, those different viewpoints “went a little far” yesterday. “It was heated, it did go too far, to the point where the producers said with just a few more contestants left, let’s call it a day,” Seacrest recalled. Gossip of a feud between Carey and Minaj surfaced before the colorful rapper even officially signed on to “Idol,” and the two gave an attempt to squash the rumors at a press conference in September.
“We’re getting along wonderfully, darling,” Minaj told press at the time. Carey, meanwhile, joked that a feud wasn’t possible because they simply hadn’t had enough time to stir one up. “How are we going to feud in two days?!” she said with a laugh. “Like, a feud takes a little longer to you know, spread out.”