American Idol continues to focus on fake drama and tension between the judges rather than the talent of the contestants hoping to be propelled to stardom thanks to the show.
This week, it’s not just Mariah Carey who hates Nicki Minaj, it’s everyone now and a spat erupted after Randy Jackson and Mariah wondered just how country or not hopeful 20-year-old Summer Cunningham is and whether or not she has the potential to be the next Dolly Parton or Taylor Swift.
Whilst a simple ‘Would you get insanely huge fake tits to sell records and have you had a decent amount of bone in you to write up into heartbreak songs?’ would have sufficed, Nicki felt that because of all her experience in the music biz and uh, ability to talk fast over a backing track, she knew better than Mariah and Randy Jackson.
“I’m sorry, it’s just that that’s what I do, Nicki,” Mariah said patronisingly. “So when I’m making comments, I’m trying to help her, as opposed to just talk about her outfit.”
Nicki snapped: “Let me continue to speak,” and Mariah responded, “Of course, you always do. Go ahead.”
Unfortunately, Nicki did: “All we’re actually doing is just scaring her into lying,” she said. “Like, she said what she said, she has every right to say that and feel that.”
Randy then pointed out he’s been in the industry longer than Minaj has been on earth and said, “I’m just trying to help you a little bit … 30 years … insight.”
And Minaj, with her candy floss hair and arse that looks like it’s made from a couple of helium balloons stuffed in a pair of leggings storms off as stormily as a person who’s basically a living cartoon character can do. “Oh, you’re right. I’m sorry I can’t help her. Maybe I should just get off the f-cking panel.”
Then offscreen she yells: “Shut the f-ck up, finish the show, I’m done.”
We’re going to see this type of scripted judges drama on X Factor later this year, which is a shame as personally, I’d much rather see genuinely gifted talents getting their big break- thanks to nurturing and advice from music industry experts.
Maybe I’m just old.