Season 12 of “American Idol” kicked off with auditions in New York City on Wednesday night, and new judge Nicki Minaj didn’t waste any time.
The bewigged Trinidad-born rapper and pop star made it clear that she would not, under any circumstance, indulge fellow judge Mariah Carey’s prima donna antics.
“I have to strangle one of the divas on the panel, but I won’t tell you who,” a visibly annoyed Minaj told one of the camera operators by the end of the show.
Earlier in the day at the judges’ table, Minaj offered plenty of side eyes, grimaces and none-too-subtle digs aimed at Carey, who clearly got on the “Super Bass” singer’s nerves right from the start.
For her part, Carey, who host Ryan Seacrest described as “the definition of diva,” didn’t put up too much of a fight. At times, Carey seemed simply bewildered by Minaj’s borderline-rude behavior.
“You know that there’s going to be a little bit of potential personality conflict,” explained Ryan. “Our superstars were super passionate from the get-go.”
h/t Fox News