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Mariah Snipes at Nicki

Nicki Goes Ballistic

CAUGHT ON TAPE

10/3/2012 9:34 AM PDT UPDATED: 10/3/2012 9:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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-- Sources tell TMZ, Nicki's rant on the "American Idol" set went beyond mere name-calling Tuesday ... the rapper also threatened Mariah's life, saying, "If I had a gun, I would shoot her." 

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derailed the "American Idol" auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina Tuesday, after swearing at Mariah Carey and threatening, "I'm gonna knock you out" ... but Mariah FIRED RIGHT BACK with insults of her own.

In the footage, obtained by TMZ, Nicki is clearly furious ... shouting, "I told them I'm not f*ckin' putting up with her f**kin' highness over there."

Mariah can be heard saying, "“Oh why, WHYYYY .do I have a three year old sitting around me?”

Carey continues, "I can’t see my kids, because you decided to act like a little crazy bitch and go all around the stage.”

Sources say Nicki later threatened to "knock out" Mariah ... but she said it before the video starts.

It all went down while the two were sitting at the judge's table ... with Keith Urban sitting in between them and Randy Jackson sitting on the far end, next to Mariah.

We're told the whole thing exploded over a disagreement over a contestant's performance.

Listen closely as you play the video ... you'll hear

Nicki: Think I'm playin? Think this sh*t is a f*cking joke? Think it’s a joke? Think it’s a joke? Think it’s a joke? Say one more disrespectful thing to me, if you say one more disrespectful thing to me -- off with your head!

Mariah: I am not being disrespectful.
 
Nicki: Off with your head, off with your head.
 
Nicki: Don’t tell me I'm insecure, don’t tell me I'm inadequate ... you gonna get sent [inaudible] just fall back; don’t ... you don’t know [inaudible] I don’t feel inadequate. You’re the insecure one sittin' up there running down her resume every five minutes.
 
Nicki: Every time you take a shot at me I'ma take it back, and if you gotta f*cking problem then handle it. I told them, I'm not f*cking putting up with your f*cking highness over there ... figure it the f*ck out. Figure it out.
 
Mariah: whyyyy, whhyyyyy ...
 
Nicki: Figure it out

Mariah: ... do I have a 3-year-old sitting around me???
 
Nicki: I’m not sitting here for 20 minutes and having you run down your resume everyday, No! Goodbye!
 
Mariah: Listen ... I can’t see my kids because you decided to make ... to have ... to have a little baby fit and going all around the stage.
 
Nicki: Good, well then go see them now, go see them now ... you’re boring as f*ck, you’re boring as f*ck.

According to our friends at MouthToEars.com, producers ended the auditions for the day so the two judges could cool down.  We've confirmed that happened.

Big wigs on the show seem uncharacteristically upset by the blow up.  It seems producers are worried about Mariah and Nicki co-existing for the long haul.

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1150 COMMENTS

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121.

Ann    

I think Mariah was just trying to annoy her on purpose to she what she would do. Nicki RAPS about being a bad bitch and everything. She told Mariah she would knock her out did she do it NO. Lol. I like them both though...Mariah...a little more. Im still confused on if she ****ed Eminem or not.

688 days ago
122.

nya    

Could this be more staged. Ugh! Really idol?

688 days ago
123.

Lovejac23    

I hope this isn't a stunt for ratings. It was embarrassing. Niki is a pig. Mariah--give the money back and get out of it. Like seriously.

688 days ago
124.

birdie    

Poor Keith Urban, he picked the wrong season to join American Idol!

688 days ago
125.

what    

to add manaj was desperate at best what has she done? besides implants in the butt and auto tune ? horrible decision because in her head she is bigger than mariah carrey and that is laughable but she most likely believes it

688 days ago
126.

homerodyssey    

Minaj has a beef with ANY OTHER female. A brat that has let hype go to her head. Honestly can't stand women that don't stand by other women.

688 days ago
127.

Riri    

NICKI MINAJ IS WHACK! THEY SHOULD FIRE HER, SHE HAS NO TALENT AND BRINGS NOTHING TO THE TABLE!!!!!!!!!

688 days ago
128.

jojo    

im sorry but MARIAH CAREY is all DIVA-ish

688 days ago
129.

Blackswann    

How do you keep her after this... Fire the pink haired chick!

688 days ago
130.

traci    

nicki come on now! i think mariah can teach you something and it's call ! HAVE SOME CLASS ABOUT YOUR SELF........

688 days ago
131.

marciiplace    

This is what AI get for hiring a no talent hoe like Minaj. Like seriously, Mariah CAN sing it has been proven. Minaj is nothing but a joke with no class whatsoever. Mariah is a DIVA well because she CAN. The woman has paid her freakin DUES!!!

688 days ago
132.

Lecsi    

2 everyone talking **** about nicki, thats not very nice

688 days ago
133.

Djkane    

Team Mariah all day

688 days ago
134.

tati    

Nicki's wig must be on too tight! Shut up you STUPID HO! Someone plz kick that bitch back to the ghetto!

688 days ago
135.

Ali    

And this is why Nicki Minaj should NOT be on American Idol. I knew something like this would happen.

688 days ago
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