We’re already getting used to seeing catfights between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.
But on Wednesday’s American Idol it was a four-judge blow up – leading to Nicki storming out in a torrent of F Bombs.
After a long day of auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina tempers were wearing thin.
The argument exploded after the usually placid judge Keith Urban got irritated by a contestant’s comments about country music.
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Coming to blows: Nicki Minaj fell out with Mariah Carey on Wednesday’s episode of American Idol
Full-blown: It wasn’t just the two female members of the panel who locked horns as as Nicki lashed out at all of her fellow judges
‘Where do you see yourself as a singer?’ Keith asked Summer Cunningham, a 20-year-old student from Warner Robins, Georgia, after she had sung Lean on Me by Bill Withers.
‘I did the country thing so maybe a soulful county thing is what I have been doing,’ she said nervously.
‘I always get thrown when people say they have “done the county thing”, it’s like saying you “did the brain surgeon thing”. Either you are a brain surgeon or you’re not,’ said Keith moodily.
Dramatic moment: Nicki ended up storming off the set after complaining that she may as well ‘get off the panel’
Not impressed: Keith Urban, Mariah and Randy Jackson looked frustrated after the incident
‘When you said you “did the county thing” you annoyed Keith,’ smiled Mariah who gave praised the girl and gave her a ‘yes’.
As the other judges debated the best genre for Summer Nicki grew visibly annoyed before throwing her hands in the air.
‘Why are we picking her apart because of a country comment? You guys make comments about everybody in popular music all day,’ she jibed.
‘Not you Keith… Randy and Mariah,’ berated the Pink Friday singer, staring daggers at the Butterfly hit-maker.
Awkward: Summer Cunningham was the catalyst to the row when she claimed she has ‘done the country thing’
Bad choice of words: The contestant visibly annoyed country star Keith by her throwaway remark
‘Oh really, is that what I do?’ said Mariah incredulously.
‘I’m trying to help her as opposed to just talking about her outfit,’ she retorted as the judges bickered on top of each other.
‘I’m just trying to help you, a little bit, 30 years. Insight,” said Randy, drawing attention to his long career in the industry.
‘Oh, you’re right. I’m sorry I can’t help her. Maybe I should just get off the f****ing panel,’ said Nicki, throwing her seat out behind her and making a dramatic exit in her white mini dress.
End of her tether: Nicki argued that it didn’t matter what genre of music the hopeful was best suited to
Moving on: The judges ushered Summer through to the next round before continuing their spat
Foul-mouthed: Nicki certainly didn’t hold back as she cursed like a sailor while letting her feelings be known
‘Let me get off the panel,’ she chipped on her way out.
‘That was my move. I was gonna do that the next time she bagged on me,’ joked Mariah sarcastically.
‘Shut the f*** up,’ screeched Nicki from the sidelines.
‘Finish the show. I’m done.’
But fortunately the feud didn’t hinder the judges’ ability on the panel and Summer joined a host of other southern contestants making it through to Hollywood.