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American Idol Producers issue statement on Mariah Carey vs. Nicki Minaj

American Idol issued a statement today addressing the Mariah Carey – Nicki Minaj feud which erupted this week in Charlotte, NC.

They probably realized that they played their hand a bit too strong by leaking the video of Nicki cussing Mariah to TMZ. Mariah talking to Barbara Walters, and Minaj going nuts on a Twitter were most likely unexpected, and they needed to do something about it.

In the bigger scheme of things though: Mission Accomplished. The plot is already written for American Idol Season 12 and they haven’t even finished taping the auditions.

The statement:

“This is one of the best, most passionate, dynamic and invested judging panels we’ve ever had. We love and support all of the judges and the fantastic work they are doing, and we can’t imagine a better group to find the next American Idol. Despite all the accusations and media speculation — much of which is inaccurate — production is going extremely well today and the judges are focused on finding the best talent here in Baton Rouge.”


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Why do they need four Judges... Randy, Mariah and Keith are enough..

Zach Elias
Zach Elias

They will milk this all the way so that people talk about them. The focus is them rather than the possible talent. No matter what they do they will not catch The Train known as The Voice. We all know The Voice is better!!


That's all they said in their statement ?

What a let down , Nigel : (


@rickey This is going to be one interesting Season of American Idol!


@Zach Elias  If The Voice is so much better, why aren't their viewer numbers higher?  They're only pulling-in 11 million viewers, while the lowest for last year's American Idol was still 20+ million.  AI hasn't aired a single show yet, and won't until January... and yet The Voice only has HALF the viewers.  Seems like if it's so 'great', it should be attracting more viewers.  You couldn't pay me to watch that train 'wreck'!  


@Oshgal Exactly. Missioned Accomplished by @dizzyfeet. There is nothing else to do on the matter at this point. :)

Rickey moderator

@Joy67 Wow, here we go again.

First of all, a "better show" is not determined by viewer count alone. I don't know how old you are, but that should be obvious.

Secondly, The Voice does really well in the demo (18-49) which is important for advertisers and the networks. In fact, the demo rating is what determines ad rates and profit.

Thirdly, The Voice is airing in the fall right now, while American Idol isn't -- which makes your whole comment asinine and irrelevant. The only shows for AI Season 11 that had "20+ million viewers" was the premiere and the finale -- everything else was below and the finale performance show had 14 million. 

American Idol is clearly copying The Voice and The X Factor with this type of judge rivalry. The problem is: AI's could potentially be a real conflict and may actually damage the franchise -- while this conflict is what makes The Voice and The X Factor dynamic.

Mathieu R
Mathieu R

@Rickey @Joy67  I guess the question is "better for who?"

I think The Voice is better for the viewer. It's newer, fresher, more exciting, and it has great judges. It also doesn't feel like it drags on as long as Idol does. Plus they have big red buttons and spinning chairs. :-)

I think Idol is better for the actual contestants. The fast pace of The Voice and the lightning rounds kind of make it so that the viewer can't really get to know any of the contestants. Since Idol kind of drags on, people get the time to form little fan bases like the P2 team or Claymates or Soul Patrol or what have you. Then after the show they get sent out on tour, which gives them more live experience and a chance to meet fans face to face and solidify the fanbase. Then Idol also seems to put the contestants in a lot of red carpet or Disney events, which is more opportunity to get their faces out there. It might not amount to anything, but at least they do it. And they get styled by the designer guy. LOL. I'm assuming they get to keep the outfits.

So, The Voice = Better for us viewers and i'm sure the bloggers appreciate the faster pace. AI tends to get a bit bloated and long-winded.

Idol = Better for the contestants. 

So who wins? Who knows? LOL. X-Factor, yeah!