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Steven Tyler has hit back at Nicki Minaj for calling him a "racist."
The American Idol judge lashed out at the Aerosmith rocker - whom she replaced on the panel of the talent show - after he questioned her suitability and claimed she would've passed on legendary musician Bob Dylan if he auditioned, but Steven was shocked when Nicki took it as a racist insult. "It was a moment, I'm sorry if it was taken wrong. But I'm the furthest from a racist. I'm not sure how she got that from me saying 'I'm not sure she would have judged Bob Dylan.' I was just saying if Bob Dylan came on the show he would have been thrown off. Maybe I spoke out of turn but a racist I'm not," he said.
Nicki Minaj is scared her fans won't like her on American Idol. The "Moment For Life" singer - who is set to make her debut as a judge on the new season of the reality TV series when it hits screens early next year on January 16 - is worried she will come across as an unpleasant person on the show and won't even be able to watch herself.
"I'm scared. Maybe I shouldn't have been so like... It's hard for me to not say how I really feel. Everyone else is so nice. I was just thinking back about some things and I was like, 'I wonder if that was not so nice.' I don't think I'm going to be able to watch it. I'm going to be so nervous. But I know people are going to love it. I think it's a great dynamic," she said on Ryan Seacrest's radio show today.
The 29-yer-old singer admitted she thinks that brutal honesty is the best policy when it comes to the contestants on the show: "As an artist I've always grown more from the tougher criticism and so I would like to be that person and to try to help people get that thick skin and to really give it their all, because it is a competition."
Nicki Minaj thinks Mariah Carey has "met her match" in her.
The "Starships" singer has admitted there is more than one diva on the judging panel of American Idol following her explosive bust-up with the star last month, during which she hurled profanities at Mariah. "I think Mariah met her match this time, and I don't think she was expecting to meet her match. I'm super nervous and anxious for the first day on American Idol. I'm still second guessing my decision. I'm probably going to be a hundred times guessing this decision because I'm human. It's a big job," she revealed, speaking in her new reality show My Truth.
Steven Tyler thinks Mariah Carey's bitter American Idol feud with Nicki Minaj is a publicity stunt.
The Aerosmith star - who announced he was leaving the reality show in July after a successful two season run on the judging panel - believes producers have orchestrated the women's outspoken rivalry to boost ratings. The "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" singer told TMZ, "Of course, are you kidding" when asked if he thought their furious bust-up was designed to generate more publicity.
Filming of the new series was called to a halt earlier this week after the judges' disagreement over a contestant turned into a bitter screaming match as Nicki hurled insults at Mariah, calling her "boring as f**k" and threatening "off with your head!"
The "Starships" rapper has continued to blast Mariah on her Twitter page. But American Idol producers have insisted the show must go on despite the tension and pledged their support for the entire judging panel.
Mariah Carey hired extra security after Nicki Minaj threatened to shoot her.
The American Idol star has confirmed her fellow judge menaced her with gun violence during their explosive argument on the set of the talent show on Tuesday, and she is worried about the "unpredictable" rapper's next move. Mariah contacted chat show host Barbara Walters, who read out a statement on The View which revealed several staff members had heard Nicki quip, "If I had a gun I would shoot the b***h."
Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have called a truce.
The American Idols judges - who were involved in an explosive argument on Monday during which the "Starships" rapper screamed violent insults at Mariah because she made her feel "inadequate" during the auditions round of the competition - are said to have buried the hatchet.
The chart rivals were reportedly civil and professional throughout yesterday's auditions for the reality TV singing competition in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to US gossip website TMZ. A source told the site that everyone working on the popular series was "shocked" and "embarrassed" by the outburst, which hit the internet after being caught on camera.
Producers were forced to call filming to a halt earlier this week after the judges' disagreement over a contestant turned into a bitter screaming match as Nicki hurled insults at Mariah, calling her "boring as f**k" and threatening "off with your head!"
Nicki Minaj joined American Idol because it is a "credible brand."
The "Starships" singer - who was recently confirmed as a judge on the talent show, sitting alongside Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson and Keith Urban on the panel - claims she had offers from other singing and reality shows but went for 'Idol' as it has so much history.
"This is such a credible brand. It's really serious, it's real deal it's not anything else other than really looking for talent. If I can be a part of that I'm really down for it," she said.
Nicki says she has always been a fan of the show - which is now entering its 12th season - and remembers when Jordin Sparks won the sixth series. "I remember watching American Idol in the first season and feeling inspired. I spoke to Jordin Sparks the other day and here she is starring in a movie [Sparkle] and I said to her, 'I remember watching you and picking up my phone,'" she said, speaking at the American Idol press conference.
After Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler left American Idol, rumors were abound as to who would fill their spots. Now everyone can stop guessing: producers of the hit reality show revealed today that Mariah Carey and longtime judge Randy Jackson will be bumping shoulders with Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban at the judging table for the reality competition's twelfth season.
"It's really an honor to have been invited to be a part of the American Idol family. I'm looking forward to working with everyone and to seeing the same passion that I have for music in all of the participants," Urban, 44, said.
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Randy Jackson will remain as a judge on American Idol.
Although it was thought that the music producer - who has been on the panel of the show since it began - would take on the role of a mentor behind the scenes for the upcoming season, he has agreed a deal with Fox to stay on as a judge after negotiations with Enrique Iglesias fell though, according to Deadline.
"Just heard Randy is back on Idol. Right decision," Randy's former co-star Simon Cowell wrote on Twitter, appearing to confirm the news.
Randy will join Mariah Carey on the four person panel which is also expected to feature Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj. Mariah is not thought to be a fan of Nicki's, although producers are delighted at the prospect of conflict between them both. Instead, the "Fantasy" hitmaker is said to be keen for Lenny Kravitz to sign up to the show.
Enrique Iglesias has been offered a judging role on American Idol.
The "Hero" singer has reportedly been given the chance to join Mariah Carey - the only person confirmed to appear on the new panel so far - when the 12th series of the show returns next year. Website Entertainment Weekly says he has been offered $4 million to appear on the talent search show.
If Enrique does take the role, he will have been in a good position to pick up tips from ex-judge Jennifer Lopez - who quit this year after two seasons - over the last few months as he has been touring with her. Longstanding panelist Randy Jackson is thought to be stepping into more of a mentor role, while producers are thinking of expanding the judging desk to include four people.
In the frame are said to be rapper Nicki Minaj, Australian country artist Keith Urban and pop singer Adam Lambert.
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