The much-ballyhooed 12th season of American Idol premiered on Fox last night and by pretty much all accounts, it was all about new judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. New judge Keith Urban chimed in a few times, veteran judge Randy Jackson was loud and annoying but … for me (and many others, I’m sure) I was only watching for Mimi and Nicki. To be honest, I was surprised how much I loved Nicki on the show … she took charge more than any other judge, Mimi included, and I thought makes a great addition to the show. I enjoyed watching American Idol for the first time in many, many years.
It’s back – and the catfights have begun. American Idol kicked off its twelfth season on Wednesday night with a whole new judge line-up. Superstar Mariah Carey, rapper Nicki Minaj and country music sensation Keith Urban joined up with long-term judge Randy Jackson. And it didn’t take long for the much-hyped feud between Carey and Minaj to begin to simmer, with Minaj dubbing her a ‘bitch’. ‘History has shown that an Idol can do anything,’ said host Ryan Seacrest, detailing the 200 million records sold and 371 number one hits racked up by former contestants. ‘Together we have created a phenomenon,’ Seacrest added. ‘It’s the dawn of a brand new season. A new generation will carry the torch.’ And with thousands of people lining up to audition in New York City they were hopeful the process would get off to a winning start. ‘How could you not find someone good?’ asked Mariah Carey. The judges gathered at Jazz at Lincoln Center in Manhattan to hear the hopefuls – and from the off, Carey and Minaj began to fight. ‘I wanted to bring my dog,’ said Carey when she saw Minaj’s white, fluffy drum major’s hat sitting on the judges’ desk. ‘We can have accessories? I didn’t know that was allowed. But that’s the last thing I’m going to say.’ ‘Play nice,’ said Minaj. ‘I actually love the hat,’ said Carey. ‘But why’d you have to reference the hat?’ asked Minaj. ‘In the elevator you said, “Stop looking me up and down, Mariah.” ‘I wasn’t. I was admiring the hat,’ said Carey. ‘It’s going to be wild,’ said Jackson.
Here is video of the first audition of the show, which shows just how Mimi and Nicki started bickering from the start:
I think I’ll tune in to watch Idol at least thru the auditions … maybe further along. Honestly, I’m only interested in watching the judges interact and I really enjoyed watching them last night. But, it was only the first ep so we’ll see if my interest remains. Did any of y’all watch American Idol last night? Did you enjoy? Were you Team Mariah or Team Nicki? Team Neither?