By: Taren Vaughan
The new season of American Idol has officially begun and it is one that had plenty of controversy and drama surrounding it way before the first show aired. And it wasn’t the thought of seeing the new contestants that had folks talking about the show as it was the new additions to the judging panel that was the big talk of the new season of the talent show. Legendary singer Mariah Carey was one of the female entertainers asked to join the panel, along with Rapper Nicki Minaj, Mariah said to not be feeling the fact that the Young Money head Barbie would be sitting alongside her judging talent. And then the infamous Nicki Minaj-Mariah Carey beef rumors started up, suggesting that things were getting ugly between them early on. Though the two denied ever having a beef, it was made clear after a cursing match went down on the set of the show that Nicki and Mariah were not seeing eye-to-eye. And while it has been Mariah that Nicki has been openly feuding with, a recent airing of American Idol revealed that the songstress is not the only judge on the panel that is rubbing Nicki Minaj the wrong way.
During the show’s auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina, a contestant by the name of Summer Cunningham auditioned for the judges. And like all contestants who perform for them, was given feedback about how she did. After hearing enough of Mariah and Randy’s critiquing of Summer over a comment that she made about “doing the country thing”, Nicki spoke up in the girl’s defense and proceeded to go back and forth with Mariah and Randy for making contestants feel uncomfortable about their responses and “picking her apart” in reference to Summer.
A collective “Yes” was eventually given to the contestant and it was shortly followed by Nicki Minaj saying, “Maybe I should just get off the f*cking panel… I’m over it,” then storming off the set as she felt like her opinion was being brushed aside.
Peep the clip of what went down below and give us your take on it: