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Another day… American Idol begs for another ratings dollar.

Earlier this week, Nicki Minaj was "miraculously" caught on tape screaming at Mariah Carey during an American Idol audition, and the tape "somehow" ended up in TMZ's possession. Shocker.

On the video, Nicki screamed, “I told them, I’m not f***ing putting up with her f***ing highness over there.” Apparently, Nicki is tired of Mariah's self-involved attitude. TMZ's sources have said, "She [Mariah] keeps bringing up how many records she's sold, name dropping people she's worked with, how many tours she's done, and how many Grammys or awards she's won. Nicki is tired of it."

Also, Nicki has maintained… Mariah isn't innocent. Insiders have backed up Nicki's claim. Reportedly, Nicki walked away from the audition just before the outburst because Mariah was constantly talking down to her. As soon as Nicki returned, Mariah allegedly called her a bitch… cue the "secret" video camera… Nicki lost her temper.

"It was intense," Ryan Seacrest said. Early reports even claimed Nicki made a death threat against Mariah. Putting that rumor to rest, Nigel Lythgoe insisted, "The statement [that Nicki made a death threat] is absolute rubbish.  It's absolutely not true in any way, shape, or form." 

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"These are all very different individuals with different perspectives and different opinions that provide for interesting conversation and dialog and feedback for the contestants," Ryan added. "Each one of those members of the panel this year is an essential ingredient to the sum of the show. We want them to be on this panel together, that's what everyone's decided."

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Mariah's friends and husband spoke out in her defense.

"She's not going to let this faze her now – the outbursts won't faze her," a source close to Mariah said. "She'll handle [it] with poise and grace. Mariah has dealt with far worse in her career." 

Mariah's husband Nick Cannon said that Mariah is above the "theatrics" and "pageantry" of the staged petty feud, pointing out how calm she was during Nicki's outburst. "She signed up to do a job to help young people," Nick added. "This is like a sidebar. I hope that's not what this show becomes, about the cat fights." 
 
Memo to Nick: That ship has sailed. Obviously, cat fights disagreements are exactly what American Idol producers wanted when they put two divas at the same table. American Idol is no longer the "it" competition reality show, and they're desperate for some drama… drama = attention = ratings. 
 
TELL US – IS THE DIVA DRAMA REAL OR STAGED? WILL YOU BE WATCHING THE UPCOMING SEASON OF AMERICAN IDOL?
 
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