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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!"
L.A. Reid thinks that Britney Spears would have been a successful X Factor contestant.
The "Toxic" singer and "Skyscraper" hitmaker Demi Lovato both joined the judging panel of the show this year, but L.A. believes they would have had no problems competing if they were just starting out because they are both talented and hard workers.
"I think that both Britney and Demi would've been able to handle it. These girls are really talented and they were trained to work hard. They didn't become a success because they were slackers. Both of them worked really, really hard coming up the ranks."
L.A. also claimed he would win if he auditioned because he does such a good rendition of Prince's "When Doves Cry."
He explained, "If it was me, very simple. I would go up and I would sing 'When Doves Cry' by Prince. And I would win. By the way, I would sing it in Boot Camp and would sing it in the finals and I would win. I'd be a one-trick pony and would only do one song, 'When Doves Cry.'"
One Direction still sees themselves as newcomers.
The global chart-toppers - who earned $160 million in the two years since they competed on The X Factor - have reportedly declined an offer by boss Simon Cowell to mentor contestants on the show because they are too inexperienced.
"We don't feel like we are in a position to be giving strong advice," Louis Tomlinson told The Sun.
The group's mentor Simon is said to have been hoping the boy band would guest star in an episode of the UK reality TV series and conduct a master class with the current group of wannabe stars to help boost the show's ratings.
Modern Family swept the board at the Emmy Awards last night winning four prizes. The sitcom took home the top Comedy Series prize as well as gongs for Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet, while the ABC show's helmer Steven Levitan won the Director award.
Psychological thriller Homeland upstaged some of the more established programs by winning four drama series honors including the main prize for the category and Series Actor and Actress in a Drama prizes for Damian Lewis and Claire Danes, respectively. Damian introduced himself to the audience as "one of those pesky Brits" and later admitted he thought Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, who has won the accolade three times, would be victorious in the category again this year.
Britney Spears has been compared to Marilyn Monroe.
The reaction fans give when they see the pop singer has stunned her fellow X Factor judge L.A. Reid, who claims his co-star has the same mystique as the late icon.
"People go crazy for Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z. I've seen them go crazy for Rihanna. But this? Britney has the same magic that made Marilyn Monroe famous, that intangible ability to be completely loved and for people to be completely consumed by her everything," Reid said.
However, Britney insists the idea of being an icon "freaks" her out: "I try not to think about that. It's just - that's an overwhelming thing to think about. And I still feel new and fresh at the whole game. And when people say they know me, it still freaks me out. Still. To this day."
X Factor boss Simon Cowell, who recruited Britney to the show, revealed he was shocked by how shy she is in person. "She's one of the most humble people. I was raving about a song she'd written and she got really uncomfortable and it's not an act. It's partly down to her shyness. I didn't realize it until I started to work with her. We all remember her [performance at the MTV awards] with that snake around her neck and think, 'She can't be shy.' But she is."
Carly Rae Jepsen wants to star on Glee.
The 26-year-old popstar - whose song "Call Me Maybe" was recently covered on the hit musical TV show - thinks it would make sense for her to make a guest appearance on the series because of her background in musical theater.
"At this point, I wouldn't say no to anything. I'm leaving my options open and seeing what happens," she said.
She admitted it would be "pretty cool" to follow in the footsteps of past Glee guest stars including Lindsay Lohan, Ricky Martin, Kate Hudson and Gwyneth Paltrow.
"Call Me Maybe" was covered by the cast of Glee during the first episode of its new series last week.
Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez are set to host The X Factor. The pop star search show started last week, but still lacks a presenter to front its live episodes, but sources say reality TV star Khloe and former Saved by the Bell actor are the poised to sign on as presenters.
Mario - who appeared in the third season of Dancing with the Stars in 2006 - was tipped to host the first series of the show last year, but the job went to Steve Jones, who was dropped after unsatisfactory ratings. Show boss Simon Cowell has previously hinted Khloe, 28, was his first choice to host the show. "I know whom I would like, but now I have to get it approved by the network. We have screen-tested a load of people ... It could be a Kardashian. I think that would work. I'm a fan of putting inexperienced hosts on this show. We have to find people who have a great chemistry, but Khloe is definitely up there in the running," he said earlier this year.
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.
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