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Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey

Already At Each Other's

Throats

9/17/2012 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Mariah Carey wasted no time proving what we told you 2 weeks ago -- there's only room for one diva on "American Idol."

Carey and Nicki Minaj went at it during the first "A.I." taping Sunday in NYC. When Nicki started critiquing a contestant, Mariah would interrupt -- not once, but many times. Each time Mariah interrupted, Nicki fought back by loudly talking over Mariah.

One "A.I." spy said Mariah and Nicki tried to cover their disdain for each other but everyone saw through it, adding, "These girls just don't like each other."

You may recall, we reported when producers called Mariah to tell her that Nicki would probably be joining her as a judge, she hung up the phone.

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46.

Joao    

Folks, TMZ is just a an American Idol publicity outlet. Don't fall for the alleged battling.

743 days ago
47.

Rafaelle Zuccaro    

Do intelligent people REALLY watch this TRASH??? Its like watching Dogs S--T! Who are these clowns that are thought to be JUDGES? This program must be viewed by the BOTTOM 1% of the TV viewers in America!! Its only an indication of how SMART people are becoming!!!

743 days ago
48.

laurie downs    

Mariah is the Diva..Nicki or what ever her name is ..is nothing more than a non talented Barbie Doll...she is a wanna be...This will be the first year I will not be watching Idol.They are going down hill and we know who is bringing them down

743 days ago
49.

Tracy    

I feel Mariah cant handle sharing the spotlight. I liked the first few years with Simon Randy and Paula. The minute they added different judges is when this show started circling the drain. I feel Mariah is a b*&ch and its not going to be a good season cuz of her

743 days ago
50.

ummm?!    

I don't care for either one of them. But if I had to pick, I would go with Mariah the Diva over Nicki the Loud Foul Mouth.

743 days ago
51.

gwen01    

this is all hype to get people to watch the show. I guess execs really do think that reality t.v. has dumbed down their viewers but we all have been seasoned now and are all very aware of the games that these shows play to get us interested. How much did they both get to act like bit ches to each other so that the press could report something. I am so over these shows and the ongoing process of trying to find characters to judge them. Trust me if Miriah didn't want Nicki M. she wouldn't be there.

743 days ago
52.

Cao    

They must create this drama for viewership.

743 days ago
53.

Thomas    

I don’t blame Mariah; she probably is wondering how can Nicki judge talent when she doesn’t have any? She use gimmicks such as split personalities, eccentric make-up/clothes, implants and going against the grain just to create controversy. Don’t get me wrong, she can sing a little but doesn’t have the vocals nor is her rap skills good enough to give her the longevity of singers like Mariah, Beyonce or Mary J Bliege. Those are classy women who didn’t use a$$ clapping and the aforementioned gimmicks to sell music. Just like flava fav and his clock, when her gimmicks get old she will fade out or switch to acting.

743 days ago
54.

arale norimaki    

man lil kim is still crazy

743 days ago
55.

jimmmyzz    

Have to watch a 15 second commercial to watch a lame 30 second clip.
Can you imagine watching a 15 Minute TV Commercial before watching your favorite 30 minute TV Show Plastered with Advertisements all around the screen?

Your Going WAYYYY to far Hary!!

743 days ago
56.

Lynn    

Hiring Nicki was the worst move..she has no talent at all!

743 days ago
57.

Thomas    

I don’t blame Mariah; she probably is wondering how can Nicki judge talent when she doesn’t have any? She use gimmicks such as split personalities, eccentric make-up/clothes, implants and going against the grain just to create controversy. Don’t get me wrong, she can sing a little but doesn’t have the vocals nor is her rap skills good enough to give her the longevity of singers like Mariah, Beyonce or Mary J Bliege. Those are classy women who didn’t use A$$ clapping and the aforementioned gimmicks to sell music. Just like flava fav and his clock, when her gimmicks get old she will fade out or switch to acting.

743 days ago
58.

fstblk    

Just stick a pin in Minaj!!!!Guarnteed to fly away.

743 days ago
59.

Tracy    

I cant even believe Randy wanted to stay after how the show treated him. i love Randy and for the show to play games with him and his contract( after not finding another judge) they decie to give him a reprieve??? screw them. Hes got the right to be there. Hes the original. They should have stuck with the originals

743 days ago
60.

BC    

we all have to work with people we dont like! deal with it. heck, how money are they being paid??

743 days ago
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