Nicki Minaj And Mariah Carey Still Tense On ‘American Idol’ Set?

By Henna Kathiya

Things have been quiet on the Nicki Minaj vs. Mariah Carey front lately. The two singers cover The Hollywood Reporter this month with the rest of the “American Idol” crew and neither of them were eager to bring up their issues again.

According to THR Nicki refused to talk about their drama but she did offer up this much: “I am scary and intimidating. I definitely demand respect. I’m also a sweet person. I’m a loving person. But I don’t want to be f—ed with.” While Mariah kept it vague as well, she did mention the panel seems to be fine. “Sometimes things get heated for their own reasons. I don’t think the panel has an issue,” she said.

Although both singer don’t really want to talk about their past beef, there does seem to be some passive aggressiveness between them according to THR. When asked about her controversial wardrobe, Nicki had her own thoughts on who should be singled out. “I could think of at least one other person that shows more cleavage and skin than me,” she said. With the rest of the “Idol” crew being male it’s not hard to figure out who she was referring to.

Even though Nicki has her tough girl image, she has impressed executive producer Ken Warwick. “Everyone thought she was just a daft, half-educated rapper,” he said. “But she has got a heart, and it’s starting to show, along with her intelligence, which threw some of us as well. And her eloquence and her grasp of what’s going on. I think she’ll surprise a lot of people.”

Nicki had her doubts before signing on to do the show; she revealed that she didn’t actually think she would do it. “[There's] a judgmental culture in hip-hop … sometimes you are afraid of being too famous because it’s almost, like, is that even cool? Being that accessible, someone you see on TV every week? I never pictured myself as that type of person,” she admitted. “I’m still surprised that I decided to do it,” she said.

Mariah was also just as unsure, but had a little help from hubby Nick Cannon. “I was on the fence about the whole thing. I got approached by all the shows,” she said. “[Cannon] said I should do it because it’s the top, it’s the cream of the crop. And I felt like, ‘Do the show that’s produced massive stars who have had major careers.’”