Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey Make ‘American Idol’ Judging Debut [Video]

Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey

After months of salary negotiations, feuding, and drama, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey finally took their seats on the judging panel for the 12th season of “American Idol.” The dueling divas’ antics were caught on camera during the first round of auditions in New York. They teased one another, rolled their eyes, and shared laughs while trying to find the next superstar.

There were several highlights during Wednesday’s premiere including Nicki’s heartwarming speech to James Bae, who she dubbed the “Asian Bieber.” Mariah met many contestants who were also Lambs including Tenna Torres, who attended Camp Mariah when she was a child.

Blueberry farmer Sarah Restuccio impressed the judges with a country song, but she really shocked them when she busted out the lyrics to “Super Bass” as Nicki rapped along.

But it was Ben Gaisey who stole the show with his Michael Jackson “Thriller” costume. However, he wasn’t exactly able to thrill the judges with his talent. He serenaded the ladies, even throwing a pelvic thrust in Nicki’s direction.

Relive these moments and tune in for more of Mariah and Nicki tonight at 8/7c on FOX.



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55 Comments

  1. Diego

    Mariah got her ass lmao

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    truth(Nicki is a hoe u bitch and i DRAAAGS her stans chile) Reply:

    @Diego, yaassss

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    I GUESS Reply:

    @Diego,

    it REALLY annoys me that Nicki talks like a baby.. its very annoying and condecending.. she treats them like their retards.. smh… and although the tension is clear between mariah and nicki its obvious they are editing it to make nicki like she making faces at mariah the WHOLE time.. lmfao.. she got played

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  2. outer

    wow, i’m beginning to like nicki

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    truth(Nicki is a hoe u bitch and i DRAAAGS her stans chile) Reply:

    @outer, hoe

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    loud727 Reply:

    For the mature mind that can see through Nicki, she’s actually the insecure one on the panel. She chimes in on everything before the contestants even can stop singing. She definitely trying to make an impression. While Mariah is reserved, poist, professional and musically versed. Nicki is bringing in that british irro accent and don’t know a damn thing about octaves, strings and keys! Glad Mariah said please with the British accent! Mariah is REAL! Don’t get it twisted with boring. It’s about the contestants not about judges entertaining the world with their SAME OLE AZZ GIMMICKS!

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    Bougie Kid Reply:

    @loud727, Fuck your overly analysis.

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    QUEEN AZEALIA BANKS IS THE GREATEST FEMALE RAPPER EVER, AND YA'LL N- WITH BAD TASTE WILL DEAL Reply:

    @loud727, word!

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    Mystery barb Reply:

    @QUEEN AZEALIA BANKS IS THE GREATEST FEMALE RAPPER EVER, AND YA’LL N- WITH BAD TASTE WILL DEAL, Bitch plZ Ive never seen that bitch on top.. Take a seat.

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    Dro Reply:

    @loud727, Where was all this criticism when it was Paula Abdul up there? A chick who was sued for stealing another singers voice for her first album??? Who was initially a cheerleader and Janet Jackson’s choreographer?

    Where was it when Jennifer Lopez who damn near pioneered pitch correction? Who was also a dancer then an actress. Who only wanted a singining career after PLAYING one (Selena) and deciding performing was “fun”?!

    How bout Ellen Degeneres??? Who has never been musically trained, inclined or featured on Billboard?! Oh ok.

    Stop lying. Y’all kno Nicki isn’t there to be a vocal judge yet y’all harp on that. Smdh. At the end of the day she got a check.

    Ppl kill me picking and choosing when all this analysis is needed. American Idol has never been about pure vocal talent.

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    Loud727 Reply:

    @Dro, my intent wasn’t to make comment on past judges personal lives but make comment on the way in which NICKI conducts herself as a judge on the panel. She has confirmed her blatant level of insecurity in being a judge, she’s bothered by the attention and popularity Mariah receives from the contestants, she’s ignorant in judging true singers, she’s immature and obnoxious and she’s PHONY! That’s my observation on the CURRENT judges

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    Jay-Me Reply:

    @loud727, Completely agree. Nicki seems insecure & jarring. I’m with Mariah on this one.

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  3. Chri$

    funny as fuuuuhhh!

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  4. ,.

    I enjoyed it,can’t wait to see it tonight.

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  5. nicko

    Nicki ! :)

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  6. jabb

    nik is annoying

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    truth(Nicki is a hoe u bitch and i DRAAAGS her stans chile) Reply:

    @jabb, yes!!

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  7. ms.honesty

    I absolutely love Mariah! I’ll have to admit the panel of judges are more entertaining this season.

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  8. mumi

    Nicki is soooo fucking annoying. All she do is trying to steal the spotlight. Grow up.

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  9. Tamara

    Nicky is rude, annoying. Show not about her.

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    op Reply:

    @Tamara,wouldn’t you say the same about Mariah,i see Mariah earn the right to be like that right,anyways other that your picky @ss looking for something to b-tch about with Nicki,Mariah and Nicki did a great job so far,they bin really passionate and honest.

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    NicKEN Reply:

    @Tamara, NO, she’s just real af and tells the truth. There’s a difference.
    And of course the show isn’t about her…but with all the viewers SHE brought in..it might as well be ;)

    Good Day ->

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    truth(Nicki is a hoe u bitch and i DRAAAGS her stans chile) Reply:

    @NicKEN, shut up bitch

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    Barbz Reply:

    @truth(Nicki is a hoe u bitch and i DRAAAGS her stans chile), your the bitch

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    NicKEN Reply:

    @truth(Nicki is a hoe u bitch and i DRAAAGS her stans chile),
    Make me bitchhhhh…..you don’t drag shit but your crusty, overused, stretched ass lips across the ground!!

    Sit thee FUCK dwn rodent

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  10. Redchainsaw

    Lol I think ppl are only tuning in to idol to see what might transpire between Mariah n Nicki, than seeing the contestants

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  11. bobs

    Mariah was actually like Britney 2.0. Bored, short, there to collect an easy check. I can see why they enlisted Minaj — but her critz are also boring and fake. I need to see more feuds or I’m not gonna watch.

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    channelPink Reply:

    @bobs, Her critics are really old boring and fake

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  12. credits

    The second clip, with tenna at about 2:34, watch the shade in nicki’s face right after mariah says, “i have to go first” lmao couldn’t they edit that out? it’s clear where this is going.

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  13. G.U.S

    love Mariah she is very nice and lovely Nicki is the bad of the world

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    op Reply:

    @G.U.S,stay bias.

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  14. jay$$

    Nicki is such a sweet judge. Mariah talks over people and things of that nature. Notice everybody else hugged/shook the hand of the Asian kid Nicki gave the kind words to but Mariah. She told him I’m serious about what I said when he got to her which was to be a DJ.

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    truth(Nicki is a hoe u bitch and i DRAAAGS her stans chile) Reply:

    @jay$$, stfu…sissy

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  15. truth(Nicki is a hoe u bitch and i DRAAAGS her stans chile)

    icki a bitch!! that is all #leaves post now that i’ve slayed hoez

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  16. You Thought It I Post It

    American Idol had me in stitches! Nicki gave me life and i still think she looks clownish! “Your range was higher than Mariah’s” my heart flat lined!

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  17. LOLatHaters

    Too bad it was a ratings fail. It declinded by 19% compared to last year’s premier with Jlo

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  18. lily

    LOL @ Nicki out shinning Mariah

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  19. Yep

    Finally! American Idol is worth watching! Haven’t watched it since the guy rapped pants on the ground…love all of the judges. Just don’t like how everything is about Nicki and Mariah. They came together behind closed doors and talked about how they would make it interesting in which they did. The “Feud” is just publicity duh

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  20. Truth

    i cant believe im saying this but Nicki is actually a really good judge. Shes very spot on about judging the contestant i think she was a great admission to the judge panel.

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  21. cr00ks

    Nicki is so unprofessional and is obviously trying to hard. I’m not watching this season any longer, tired of the gimmick.

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  22. Joyams

    Wow i like nicki but she’s such a biiitch!

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  23. channelPink

    Everyone is complaining that “Nicki Minaj takes away all the attention” “why does she have to be on the panel” but you guys talking about it so damn much that’s why it’s so important. You’re making this girls career effect your lives. Not watching it because of her is taking the essence of what the show is about: the CONTESTANTS. This is only the biggining they are obviously going to start out with the dention from the beginning. The beginning tension isn’t really the best since we’ve known that since day one. So the dynamic is going to switch to after the whole beef ended to when they stopped filming. By the time that happens and finished airing it’s going to be damn near Spring. Get what I’m saying? All these other people are fake about the not liking the Nicki Minaj excuse from the beginning. So why are they talking about it now?

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  24. Oh

    How is Nicki being a bitch? She’s just being herself, and what about Mariah? She’s really selfish all she does is compare all the contestants to herself…. People find anything wrong to say about Nicki

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  25. meme

    i think nicki could tone it down some. shes making it about her. but she is entertaining as hell tho. lol

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    channelPink Reply:

    @meme, what? You say she needs to tone it down then say she’s entertaining as hell. What do you want her to be a boring regular person or her job an entertainer? or better yet why can’t she be both? Which she do.

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  26. Jarone

    Why does the camera always shift to Nicki when Mariah makes a comment, and vise versa LMFAO

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  27. Tamar

    THIS SEEMS REALLY PLAYED OUT. I THINK THEY’RE DOING THIS ARGUE THING FOR RATINGS. But If it isn’t scripted Mariah seems to have started all the arguments. I watched the show. Nicki would say her opinion and Mariah would roll her eyes and then make a smart comment. Today Nicki said “You’re dismissed” and Mariah shut up it was funny lolll. But ANNNNNNYWAY. I’m JUST sayin’ If NICKI WAS NOT on the show no one would be watching. AND I’M SERIOUS. If it was that country white boy, Randy, and Mariah this should would be WACK AS FUCK AND WOULD GET NO RATINGS. Be honest with yourself.
    Mariah, Randy, Country man….
    Be honest.

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    BEDSTUYFLY Reply:

    @Tamar, THAT “WHITE BOY” IS KEITH URBAN… A (((GRAMMY))) RECORDING ARTIST.

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    Tamar Reply:

    @BEDSTUYFLY, I don’t listen to his genre of music so idk

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  28. Prouy of Uk 2013

    the show was Pretty Funny and Weird, that dude Ben he look like he want to be the next Micheal Jackson etc that girl sarah Restuccio know she listen to some hip hop Music Like Nicki Minaj “singing super bass”

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  29. Common Sense

    I’m going to need u all to get a grip…Your opinions are biased and driven off of your hatred for Nicki Minaj. Clearly Nicki is a success story with Tons of personality. She is the epitome of a Performing Arts Student. Why would you not have this girl on a panel judging? Her flamboyant personality, and ability to connect & relate to the everyday person [auditioners] is exactly what a panel needs. She brings a fresh & diverse vibe to the show; and not to mention copious amounts of positivity to even those who were denied…She gives adequate critiques while still keeping an empathetic nature and encouraging them to pursue their dreams. Regardless of your previous perception of this woman, don’t be biased. i don’t think she’s trying hard to do anything. If u are familiar with her in general u know that she has always been Over-The-Top. She is being true to herself. Instead of slander, how about commending the positivity, and encouragement. The lack of intellect and negative energy u ppl attempt to push out is ridiculous. Kudos to Nicki & the Other Judges. Respect Yourselves.

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  31. MinajSlaysYouWillDeal

    To all the positive comments about Nicki. *claps* Most of you seem to have done your homework before coming here & posting your irrelevant biased & boring comments. Nicki is what American Idol needed..otherwise they wouldn’t have bothered..I mean she is the FIRST black female and FIRST rapper to hit the panel. @CommonSense Chile you PREACHED!! I respect you for that comment.

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  33. herb

    The satellite feed was horrible and almost all of the songs and dialogs had a slight wobble.
    Very amateurish and poor technical handling. It didn’t do the contestants justice at all.
    This is coming from Australia on Feb 28.
    Maybe in the states it was good, but the AU tech guys screwed it up.

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