american idol mariah carey nicki minaj 'American Idol' judges: Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey already fighting? Reports differ“American Idol” secured their panel of judges just in time for the Season 12 auditions to get under way — not the cattle calls, those took place months ago, but the ones in front of the judges. Those auditions kicked off Sunday (Sept. 16) in New York City. And reports vary about how the new panel is doing so far.

According to MJ’s Big Blog, all the judges were “really nice.” Out of the 30 or so contestants they auditioned, only a handful didn’t get golden tickets to Hollywood. Hopefuls also report that Keith Urban seems really comfortable on the panel, which does not surprise us.

However, TMZ is reporting that new panel divas Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are already not getting along. Sources tell them that every time Minaj went to critique a contestant, Mariah would interrupt her constantly and then Nicki would fight back by talking loudly over Mariah.

One source says the ladies tried to cover up their contempt, but says that “these girls just don’t like each other.”

On the one hand, a few episodes of them being combative could be fun. But we sincerely hope this doesn’t turn into the season of Mariah vs. Nicki drama — that is going to get old real quick.

What do you think, “Idol” fans?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."