The Infamous Confrontation: “Idol” Airs Argument Between Nicki Minaj, Mariah and Randy That Kicked Off Unnecessary Beef

January 24, 2013  |  

Source: Fox

“Cracks had already formed in the panel, and a long day of judging was about to take an unprecedented turn…” *In my Ryan Seacrest voice*

Oh American Idol, I see you trying to milk the disagreements between judges for all their worth to keep this show afloat. On yesterday’s episode, the judges took their expertise to places like Charlotte, North Carolina to weed out the new batch of talent they would send to Hollywood. It was of course during this particular episode that the shade the judges had been throwing at one another (Nicki and Mariah in particular) reached its peak. While judging 20-year-old Summer Cunningham’s rendition of “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers, after her performance, when explaining her sound, baby girl made the poor decision to say that she “had done the country thing” in her past, but wanted to try something more soulful.

Seeing as how Keith Urban (you forgot he was a judge didn’t you!?) is a country singer, he played it off nicely, but it was clear he didn’t take too well to her comments. Hence him treating her life by saying, “I always get thrown when people say they have ‘done the country thing’…it’s like saying you ‘did the brain surgeon thing’— either you are a brain surgeon or you’re not.”

But Nicki liked her. She liked her voice, she liked her look. Unfortunately for Cunningham, Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson decided to slowly but surely explain to her that while she was claiming to want to move away from “the country thing,” with her type of voice, that’s her niche–and she should stick with it. However, the back and forth about it between Mariah, Randy and Cunningham for like…ever…didn’t sit well with Nicki, who thought the two were ripping Cunningham apart for her statement.

“Why are we picking her apart because of a country comment? I feel like we’re going into, ‘Are you country, are you country, do you like country?’ … You guys make comments about everybody in popular music all day … not you Keith … Randy and Mariah.”

And from there, ish got catty and personal. Mariah let Nicki know that being that she’s an actual singer, she was just trying to help her and not waste time talking about her attire, which Nicki harmlessly did with contestants. And Randy even jumped in, letting her know that with their 30+ years in the business, they might have a clue about what they’re talking about (“No matter what Nicki says, your voice works for country.”). Nicki didn’t appreciate the shade and after they sent the young lady out with a “YES” to Hollywood, she walked out for the day and stormed off, saying  “Oh, you’re right. I’m sorry I can’t help her. Maybe I should just get off the f**king panel! Let me get off the panel”
Yikes! To be honest with you, I think both parties made good points. I do agree with Nicki in that the other three judges seemed to harp on her comment about “I did the country thing” a little too long, when basically all they needed to explain to her was that “Look, the country thing is YOUR thing and it works for your voice.” But at the same token, even in their long-winded speeches, I do think they did have her best interest at heart, to let her know that with all the yodeling she was doing, she needed to embrace the country sound. Now, whether she decides to do that or go the soul or pop route, that’s her choice to make. I do like what each judge brings to the panel on their own (even Nicki can be entertaining and helpful, but sometimes the voice changing can be irritating). But I don’t like this group of judges together, I think they focus too much on each other aside from the contestants, and in the end, that could be what makes the show irrelevant by next season. Check out the clip of the big confrontation and let us know what you think.

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  • Bella

    These shows are so badly edited. In fact they’re just awful in general.

  • Atin

    I think Mariah and Randy were just trying to help. If she’s trying to win a contest, it’s best that she sticks with what she knows and is well at. If she tried to switch up the genre during the show, she might not do so well. And they have years in the industry. I’m sure they know what they’re talking about. I don’t understand Nicki’s frustration. I’m sure she has criticized some contestants on the show. I think Nicki is so artificial.

  • I don’t think they were picking her a part and if anyone has been to any type of audition, that’s what judges do. They criticize you (rather good or bad), they find your strengths and weaknesses, and they try to figure out who you are as a person because that determines how long you’ll last in that industry. The main purpose of them discussing the “country thing” was because she was unsure of what genre of music she truly has her heart set on singing and being on American Idol, they put people in categories. Because her voice fit the country style so well, looks like she will be put in the country category. I understand Nicki’s point, but walking out was uncalled for. Still a little confused how she got picked to be on that show but whatever

  • Annette

    I get where both sides are coming from, too. Randy and Mariah are telling the truth. The girl naturally yodels without trying to when she sings. They were just trying to tell her that country music is what fits her voice.

    Nicki, herself, started out just rapping and has gotten more and more pop. She gets a lot of flack for that, but Nicki has said she’s always wanted to do different genres. So when this up and coming singer says she, too, wants to do music in a genre that people might not expect of her, Nicki sticks up for her.

    I think it’s intetesting how the argument involved Randy just as much as it did Mariah and Nicki, but the media ignored him because they wanted to talk about a chick fight.

  • Guest360

    After seeing it, I get why there is an agitation between Nicki and Mariah. Don’t understand why there’s a “beef” but I get the agitation. On the smaller scale, Nicki was sticking up for this woman’s choice to do something different and not what others expect her to do (“the country thing”). But on a larger scale, to me, it looked as if Randy and Mariah were stepping on her and using their “experience” to tell her she was wrong and should shut up. That’s not ok. She might not have been in the game for 30+ years but she’s been around long enough to know that sometimes people want to do something outside the box and to encourage that creativity. Not push her so hard into doing something she doesn’t want to do.

  • MLS2698

    I seriously hope Ms. Nicki is getting paid to act this way, because if not, she looks like the typical low socioeconomic status type of being overly emotional in every instance during regular conversations. Translation: ghetto

  • yeppers

    Chile this show is DEAD TO THA FLO….CUT IT OFF!!! No one is becoming that big of an artist anymore (not that they ever did) by doing this show anymore. Even the people who did it in the past wish they would HANG IT THE FK UP….I have never really gotten into this show anyway. Its become more about what people that are JUDGING and not about the people in the show. I COULDNT TELL U ONE NAME OF A CONTESTANT SINCE JENNIFER FREAKIN HUDSON.

  • Just saying!!

    Video don’t work… *sighs* Watched that stupid 15 second advertisement i couldn’t skip for nothing lol…smdh

  • Trisha_B

    I didn’t get the point of them trying to figure out what genre she fits in. They spent too much time on that. The girl already said she was leaning towards a different sound, but they kept trying to push her into country. If she don’t like singing country why keep pushing her to change her mind? I think that’s what Nicki was getting at. There was a black guy that sung a country song, are they gonna tell him he needs to become a country singer? lol They don’t even allow the contestants to sing songs that fit them throughout the contest anyway. Mariah & Randy are like the upperclassmen in high school, Nicki is the lower-classmen & Keith is very neutral lol. Randy & Mariah team up together & keep throwing out their years of experience, so no matter what they get the final say. Nicki wants to voice her opinion but since she’s a newbie whatever she says is basically invalid & ignored. Nicki is a good judge, surprisingly lol. & even tho Mariah said Nicki focused on the girls look, it kind of make sense b/c your look is your marketing tool. Didn’t Simon get on Jennifer Hudson on her look & she changed it up. but it’s just too much personality on the panel. & Randy is trying too hard to be Simon, he just needs to stop lol.

  • kickash

    When Mariah adjusts her hair with both hands, you know she’s getting agitated.