Fox: Passion, disagreements with new 'Idol' team
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Five minutes into their season-opening news conference and the new team at ``American Idol'' were having their first disagreement about their disagreements. Then Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj kept it going.
``We're professionals. Have you ever had an argument with someone you've worked with?'' Minaj said after repeated questions Tuesday about her reported feud with new fellow judge Carey.
``This was sort of one-sided,'' interjected Carey, wearing a queenly smile.
``No, it wasn't,'' snapped back Minaj.
Fox network executive Mike Darnell was asked by reporters with the Television Critics Association if the clash was authentic. He said there was a lot of musical passion within the group, which also includes country star Keith Urban and returning judge Randy Jackson, and that triggered disagreements.
``The fighting is what it is,'' Carey said at one point. ``This is `American Idol.' It's bigger than all that. It's bigger than some stupid trumped-up thing.''
Reports that the two divas were at odds surfaced last fall. On ``The View,'' Barbara Walters recounted a phone conversation with Carey in which the pop star said that Minaj threatened to shoot her after a taping. The rapper quickly responded with dismissive tweets.
Trumped up or not, she and Minaj appeared on the panel with Urban carefully placed between them and indulged in their briefly testy ``one-sided'' exchange. But they also responded to a request to say something nice about each other.
Minaj called Carey one of her favorite all-time artists who has shaped a generation of singers. In return, Carey fondly recalled working with Minaj on a single titled _ ``ironically,'' as Carey noted _ ``Up Out My Face.''
``I knew she was going to go far, and still is,'' Carey said.
``American Idol'' begins its 12th season Wednesday facing questions once again about its ability to endure as a top-rated show, especially given the increasingly crowded talent show landscape that includes NBC's hit ``The Voice.'' All the shows are down in the ratings, Darnell noted.