Tuesday’s shouting match between “American Idol” judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey created a stir on Wednesday, causing some in the industry to question “Idol” producers’ tactics for drawing attention to the show’s upcoming season.
“America’s Got Talent” host—and Carey’s husband—Nick Cannon spoke out about the incident on Wednesday, calling the leak a publicity stunt that is taking away from the focus of the show.
“I feel like it’s taking away from the quality of what ‘Idol’ is all about,” Cannon told “Access Hollywood Live” hosts Kit Hoover and Billy Bush. “This is about people accomplishing their dreams and experts guiding these young people to do what they’ve done. I’m kind of disappointed in Fox [execs] because they’re taking away from the quality of what ‘Idol’ is.”
Cannon added that the video shows Carey maintained her poise during Minaj’s outburst.
“[Mariah] is the strongest and the classiest woman that I’ve ever met,” he continued. “She signed up to do a job to help young people accomplish their dreams and [the spat] is like a sidebar. I hope that’s not what this show becomes about, the catfights.”
“American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest told his radio audience on Wednesday that the heated argument was good for the show.
Rumors surfaced on Wednesday that Minaj threatened to shoot Carey during the exchange. “Idol” producer Nigel Lythgoe commented on the rumor, calling it “absolute rubbish” and “not true in any way, shape or form.”
Reportedly, auditions resumed Wednesday without further incident.
Season 12 of “American Idol” premieres in January on Fox 13 in Provo.
Season 12 of “American Idol” doesn’t premiere for three months and already the show is saturating the entertainment headlines.
Good strategy by the show’s producers? Perhaps, but keeping the show in the headlines for something like the “leaked” catfight might wind up biting the show in its sparkly behind by providing the wrong kind of publicity.
The American public will remain interested in continued verbal sparring and contentious outbursts for only so long before it eventually loses interest and moves on. People will simply grow tired of hearing about “Idol” and won’t want to watch come January.
Laying low and taking care of business is the way the show should proceed from here if it’s going to maintain the interest created with the spat and the addition of Carey, Minaj and Keith Urban.
That is, if “Idol” is really in it to win it, yo.