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‘Idol’ feud? What feud?

Nicki Minaj - is she annoying Mariah Carey? CREDIT: NBC

Nicki Minaj - is she annoying Mariah Carey? CREDIT: NBC

Sheesh. All this manufactured drama between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey? Is it real? Who knows? The press seems to care to the point the players in question had to deny it.

“It’s been two days!” Carey exclaimed to MTV.com. “A feud takes a little longer than two days!”

I’m sure Carey can’t be pleased having a younger diva on the dais but how obvious would it be?

- Here’s 10 reasons why Keith Urban might be a good judge, from a CMT journalist.

- Nigel Lythgoe, in a Tweet, said Nicki Minaj was 45 minutes late the first day, upsetting not just Mariah Carey (as TMZ says) but everyone.

- Casey James will be at the North Georgia State Fair Sept. 22 in Marietta. The show is free with entry into the fair. Kellie Pickler has performed at this show before.

- North Georgia’s Lauren Alaina is joining Rodney Atkins October 4 at Wild Bill’s. Tickets are just $10.

- I haven’t been keeping up with “The Voice” but caught a bit of Tuesday’s episode. I liked Benji, who sang “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” Adam gets him.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

83 comments Add your comment

JTesla

September 19th, 2012
10:43 am

Thanks for the picture of Nicki Rodney… and the other information. I like the perty colors.

A feud on Idol is good for ratings come January, so I’m going to remain sceptical.

Jenny

September 19th, 2012
10:53 am

Mercedes, D, and Highlander from yesterday… exactly, exactly, exactly. A good King adaptation needs at least 8 hours of screen time. Mercedes, yes, The Shining miniseries worked well. I despised the Jack N. movie though. Too many awful script changes. And Wendy was supposed to be blonde, pretty and likable!!

Deirdre said it best… “It is hard to translate what you feel when reading the books to the screen.”

It’s because he’s literally INSIDE their heads…. (gee, can y’all tell I’m a King fan? :-) )

Deirdre

September 19th, 2012
11:17 am

Nicki Minaj still looks like a cartoon character to me. Teen Teletubby? Why do I get the feeling that she will make Paula Abdul seem lucid?

DanJ

September 19th, 2012
11:45 am

Nicki’s look and persona appears outrageous. I doubt she will wear well with Idol viewers. The fact she stands out like a sore thumb makes me wonder if the chemistry will work. From the looks of the photo posted yesterday I doubt the judges will be a cohesive group. While I didn’t like the choices of Britney and Demi at first on XF I’m at least thankful that they APPPEAR normal.

Add that she was 45 minutes late? Something will hit the fan sooner or later!

Deirdre

September 19th, 2012
11:52 am

As for the 45 minutes late…it must take HOURS to look that artificial!

JTesla

September 19th, 2012
12:04 pm

She is there for one reason, to be eye candy… while looking literally like candy, so 45 minutes is acceptable.

Dum-Bass

September 19th, 2012
12:40 pm

I’m just wondering who will pull that big string attached to her back, and how often? I will have my finger on the “mute” button at all times while watching AI this year. They would have had it “perfect” if not for NM!

Deirdre

September 19th, 2012
12:43 pm

Dum-Bass, maybe that’s why they decided to put Randy back on the panel. They have no confidence that Nicki will stick with it.

GaPeachy

September 19th, 2012
1:01 pm

Really Mariah? How many functions have you shown up late to and even waisted sometimes. You are hardly in a place to judge. As for Nikki being a judge, its a desperate move to pull in a younger audience, thats it. I haven’t watched an entire season of american idol since Jennifer Hudson. I only wacth the first few episodes during tryouts, they are hillarious. After that I’m always out, they never pick the really great singers.

JTesla

September 19th, 2012
1:07 pm

I bet she tastes like Juicy Fruit. “The Taste is Gonna Move Ya!”

Rickster

September 19th, 2012
1:24 pm

Jenny: “A good King adaptation needs at least 8 hours of screen time. ”

“The Stand” seemed to last 8 hours when I watched it. :-)

Deirdre

September 19th, 2012
1:37 pm

Looks like it will be Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian(or however you spell it) hosting XF.

Rickster

September 19th, 2012
1:52 pm

Kinda ironic that Khloe K – who stars in a show produced by Idol’s Ryan Seacrest is going to be co-hosting Simon’s X-Factor.

Sam-A

September 19th, 2012
2:11 pm

Like Mario L, dislike KK. But, since I have no plans to watch XF this time, no matter to me.

Rickster: 8 hours sounds about right for “The Stand” – I believe it was several parts.

G

September 19th, 2012
2:12 pm

Nicki’s a cute girl. Mariah’s a beautiful woman. Randy is what he is. Who know’s what this Keith character is going to bring. Seems like an okay line-up to me. It could be much worse.

JTesla

September 19th, 2012
2:56 pm

I was really hoping they’d stick with the no host thing. I really don’t care one way or the other about Khloe. I guess she could spend time talking about her sister pulling her baby out, or of her other sister having to see Kanye naked. About the same level of pain with both, so it’s hard to tell who has it worse. That about sums it up, Khloe is the least interesting of the three KK’s.

Highlander

September 19th, 2012
3:17 pm

Rodney, I don’t think Nicki Minaj rates the diva label. I haven’t seen anything from her that puts her vocals in the diva category. There ARE some other labels that come to mind …some of them even nice. :wink:

Some might erroneously say, “She was 45 minutes late. What a diva!” But they’d be wrong. If you can’t sing and you’re 45 minutes late, that doesn’t make you a diva, …just a beyotch!

Rickster

September 19th, 2012
3:22 pm

Mecq

September 19th, 2012
4:15 pm

Niki Whatever is no Diva…more deviant than anything. She can’t sing or dance. She looks like a piece of trash that’s been drug behind an IceCream Truck. This stupid show is a joke. None of the very talented performers ever get a real chance becasuse we’re inundated with fake talent. Thus the addition of Niki to judge such. She coundn’t compete with Mariah Carey under any circumstance.

JTesla

September 19th, 2012
4:37 pm

Here is what Merriam has to say about it: “a usually glamorous and successful female performer or personality”. While the Free Dictionary says: “a highly distinguished female singer; prima donna” and “1. An operatic prima donna. 2. A very successful singer of nonoperatic music”

She’s glamorous, successful, female, and most likely a prima donna in the modern sense.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

September 19th, 2012
4:49 pm

Well, hello, Rickster! Nothing like a nice picture to get me to drop by. Funny, I actually saw her this past Saturday in Nashville. A good time was had! :)

Been so busy with work that I haven’t had time to be around much. I’m not too enthused about the Idol judges yet, but I’m sure I’ll check it out when it comes back next year. As far as The Voice, I’m watching some. At this point, I’m more entertained by XFactor ’cause it’s “shiny and new.” Oh, and another funny connection, Mario hosts (hosted?) Randy’s show, America’s Best Dance Crew…

JTesla

September 19th, 2012
4:51 pm

“I actually saw her this past Saturday in Nashville. A good time was had!”

The fun we can have with that statement!

Rickster

September 19th, 2012
5:01 pm

You’re welcome, K&CF.

Have a great evening, everyone!

artyc

September 19th, 2012
6:09 pm

The whole thing is a big joke just give them big money for nothing they are not judges
american idol what a bad joke. The voice has 4 judges that are great, adam,cello, christine,and blake, they shure make a great show.

Josh Smith for 3

September 19th, 2012
6:37 pm

“A feud takes a little longer than two days!”

I would not be surprised at all if Mariah got annoyed with Nicki Minaj. I took one look at that picture of her and was instantly annoyed.

Deirdre

September 19th, 2012
7:30 pm

Shakira announce that she is pregnant…… I’m not sure she’ll be on The Voice in the Spring now.

Chucky chese

September 19th, 2012
8:14 pm

pass the antiacids this joke has beome a joke

JTesla

September 19th, 2012
8:41 pm

Regarding the Shakira news: don’t look at me.

Seth T

September 19th, 2012
11:05 pm

Watching X-Factor tonight, and the talent, so far, has definitely been better than last year.. Demi Lovato is very good in her role, positive and fun to watch. We thought it was a good show tonight, and well worth the time to watch. Have to think though, that the judges “walk-off” scenario was a scripted part.

Last year, they threw-out some really good talent from the auditions, put-in some painful set-to-fail acts for casting, then the show got mean-spirited and manipulative — so the next step will be what they do with what they got.

We can see where the song choices the Judges use on The Voice, could severely hamper some of the artists that are more reliant upon smooth tone and folk/soft-rock style… in the battlerounds. Remains to be seen, but the live audience responds more to octave running yell-outs, than they would to a Norah Jones or Sara McLachlan.

I see so many on these talent shows (also DVR or watch “The Next”) chasing 2nd rate versions of Carrie Underwood or Whitney or Beyonce, etc.,, that I have to wonder who’s advising or letting them try that stuff in a real competition where they need to establish themselves.

Highlander

September 20th, 2012
6:52 am

Morning!

That was the primary difference I saw last season between The Voice and X-Factor. On The Voice, the judges actually like each other and the slagging is all in fun. But on X-Factor, it was fairly obvious that much of the banter between the “coaches” was mean spirited.

On The Voice, each judge gave constructive criticism no matter who was performing while on X-Factor, L.A. Reid usually had nothing good to say about anyone who wasn’t on his team and clearly voted for his team member a few times when they had given the inferior performance to the one they were competing against.

Deirdre

September 20th, 2012
7:39 am

Morning!

I got to watch the last half of XF last night. I still think it is a lot better than the Voice. But it is the live shows that tell the true tale. Will LA get nasty with every contestant but his? Will Simon turn into Mr Nice Guy with his groups and dismiss everyone else? Will Demi stay cute and perky with that great smile? Will Britney make it through the season?

As for the talent…I saw very little that I thought was outstanding. Some were very good and the live shows will tell the tale on them as well.

Woodpappy

September 20th, 2012
9:12 am

I actually watched about an hour of X Factor last night and was suprised how entertaining it was. Simon still looks stupid in his white T-shirt tho.

JTesla

September 20th, 2012
9:27 am

So is Britney still making the faces?

Sam-A

September 20th, 2012
9:55 am

Wonder just how preg. Shakira is? If she’s just 2-3 mos, no way she could do a Spring show – would be delivering sometime Feb-Apr. If she’s a good bit further along, say 5 or 6 – she’d be finished and ready to go for Spring. Strange timing – girl accepts job one day, announces a situation that could really intefer with it next day – almost like a joke on the producers.

JTesla

September 20th, 2012
10:00 am

She can just do it like a Kardashian and yank that bad boy out herself and then keep working. I’m sure if she were officially on The Voice they knew of her “condition” before we did.

G

September 20th, 2012
10:06 am

Really enjoyed XF last night. There wasn’t a whole lot of “trained” talent, but the raw talent was refreshing. Panda was one of my favorites last night. I hope she will be okay to perform boot camp.

Woodpappy

September 20th, 2012
10:19 am

If Panda doesn’t make it as a singer she can always fall back on being a comedian !

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

September 20th, 2012
10:19 am

Hi y’all,

I, too, am enjoying XF more than The Voice. The dynamic so far is pretty entertaining, and the contestants have been really good. I’m very pleasantly surprised at how few bad auditions we have seen so far. I actually like that some of the people I expect to be terrible are actually pretty good. Panda was hilarious, and a lot of fun.

My thing with The Voice is that it’s more of the same. I feel it’s come back too soon. I’m very much reserving my judgment until we move on past the blind auditions. If I’m as annoyed as I was last season with the stupy Battle Rounds (I only watched that because well, Kelly was on), I won’t stick around.

DanJ

September 20th, 2012
10:27 am

I enjoyed X-Factor last night. I thought Diamond White and Tate Stevens were both very good. Tate is one of the best male country singers I’ve heard on a competition show. Diamond being only 13 was great but she’s still too young IMO. They were others including Panda although I doubt she makes it to the home shows.

G

September 20th, 2012
10:46 am

Ditto to DanJ.

I think that Tate is ready to record today. I’m no country fan by any stretch of imagination, but the guy sounds solid IMO.

Good thing Diamond had something other than Adel in her repertoire. I’m not sure how she would’ve faired if she didn’t perform “A Man’s World”.

1st mate

September 20th, 2012
10:54 am

did anyone see the heavy lady who sang Sam Cooke? She was good, but her after performance antics were a bit much…. I hope she makes it, would love to hear her sing some anita baker, or maybe some Shakira….

1st mate

September 20th, 2012
10:56 am

oops, sorry my post was delayed by work. Panda has already been discussed.

1st mate

September 20th, 2012
10:56 am

oops, sorry my post was delayed by work. Panda has already been discussed.

1st mate

September 20th, 2012
10:56 am

oops, sorry my post was delayed by work. Panda has already been discussed.

DanJ

September 20th, 2012
11:21 am

I flashed back through last nights episode to get names of several contestants that I could not remember. In a nutshell I thought Jessica Espinoza was excellent and should make it to the house shows along with Tate and Diamond.

I didn’t like the attitude of CeCe Fray and while she was good I didn’t see what the other judges saw. I think Ally Brooke has potential, she certainly has the look. Rapper Rizzloe Jones doesn’t cut it. Vino Alan (tattoo guy) won’t make it to house shows. Same for the twins Jerhemiah & Josh. The group Citizen won’t make it although I thought they were good.

Finally I thought Louis Walsh was a good fill in for Simon. Since I watch XF UK via you tube I do know a little about him.

G

September 20th, 2012
11:41 am

Thanks for reviewing the names, DanJ. I remember a few that you mentioned. In terms of Citizen, I agree with Simon. A few of the guys sounded good individually, but I wasn’t impressed by the harmony of the group, collectively. Espinoza is that “raw” talent I was referring to earlier. I think she was the girl from South San Antonio. I enjoyed her.

I’m still grinning over Panda. She made my night through her personality and talent. Unfortunately, her style of music and singing is no longer part of the r&b fabric. It’s more underground soul and blues today. At least she’s getting the exposure and bringing a spark to the show.

DanJ

September 20th, 2012
11:54 am

G, I loved Panda and I thought she was great. You described her perfectly. Blues & Soul! Kind of a throwback. Reminded me a little if Cissy Houston. However she isn’t the total package. If I were going to pick a winner out of what I’ve seen it would be Jennel Garcia however she will be my Jazzlyn Little if history repeats itself. Which it probably will!

1st mate

September 20th, 2012
12:13 pm

I think Panda would do good on Broadway.

DanJ

September 20th, 2012
12:42 pm

Panda could do well on Broadway or even as a singer. Her problem will be her health. It may be what forces her out of the competition on XF. The physical toll these shows put on ths singers is rough and considering she’s older (50ish) and already has had some illness she may not be able to withstand the rigors of a show.

So I don’t see her getting to the judges house but she could make it as a gospel singer. I could see her signing a gospel recording contract.

1st mate

September 20th, 2012
12:46 pm

danj, you are correct and the wear and tear of Broadway (nightly performances) would take a toll on her already deminishing health.

Rickster

September 20th, 2012
1:23 pm

Could someone remind me which one Casey James is? Is he the WGWG from two years ago or the one that’s gone all WolfMan Jack on us?

JTesla

September 20th, 2012
1:48 pm

He’s the WGWG with the brother that plays with him.

JTesla

September 20th, 2012
1:50 pm

Casey Abrams is the Wolfman. No relation to Casey James.

DanJ

September 20th, 2012
2:00 pm

Isn’t Casey James the blond guy that Kara DioGuardi had the hots for on Idol?

Deirdre

September 20th, 2012
2:24 pm

Yes indeedy!

Deirdre

September 20th, 2012
2:26 pm

Re Panda…don’t y’all remember that she had just gotten out of the hospital that day after suffering from pneumonia. She was in no condition to be bouncing around the way she was. Her weight may create a lot of health problems but as far as we know, she is physically fine just not ready to be THAT active.

Rodney Ho

September 20th, 2012
2:32 pm

@DanJ> Yes. Casey James is the dude Kara wanted to bonk (at least in her head). Casey has a top 25 country hit right now.

JTesla

September 20th, 2012
2:37 pm

Let’s face it, Kara tapped that.

Sam-A

September 20th, 2012
2:57 pm

Well, Casey James, compared to most of the contestants the past few years, was a real nice piece of real estate! Cute, shy, sweet, and fairly talented, especially his guitar playing. He’s the one Kara goaded into taking his shirt off at the audition. Must have been even cuter in person. made it into the top 4 or 5, if I remember correctly.

DanJ

September 20th, 2012
3:39 pm

Kara was pretty hot herself! Hated her as a judge it was obvious she was a female version of Simon. But……………….when she took the overcoat off during the final that year? Boom, Chicka Wah Wah!!!!!

Kev

September 20th, 2012
3:44 pm

@Rodney: I thought I heard on 94.9 the other day that he’d be doing free meet n greets at the 94.9 tent? Can you possibly confirm/deny this? I’m not sure if I heard right or not.

G

September 20th, 2012
4:19 pm

D, yeah under normal circumstances Panda would’ve still been in bed sick. I was really happy when the panel went back stage to meet her, but things got serious when she had problems breathing. Then she ends the whole ordeal on a gurney…….”Please don’t let Simon see this!” LOL!!! I love her.

Different kind of love for Kara. Hubba, hubba, boom chicka wah wahhh!!! Yeah DanJ!

Rickster

September 20th, 2012
5:14 pm

Have a great evening, everyone!

Highlander

September 20th, 2012
5:48 pm

Only got to watch the first half hour or so of XF last night. Will catch up tonight. I thought the boy group, Citizen, sounded okay (not great, just okay). They have a huge speed bump coming though. It’s been reported that Simon is going to “coach” the groups this season so, considering the fact that he didn’t care for them and didn’t even vote to pass them through, I’d be surprised if they’re not toast already.

1st mate

September 20th, 2012
5:50 pm

I didnt know Panda was fresh out of the hospital, I only saw her performance and the escapde afterwards. God bless her!!!!!

Seth T

September 20th, 2012
6:31 pm

From Rickey:

Demi Lovato is Anti-Bullying Ambassador for Secret’s ‘Mean Stinks’

Demi Lovato is the new ambassador for Secret’s anti-bullying campaign “Mean Stinks.” The X Factor judge, who has been a victim of bullying herself, will be the public face for a campaign which will encourage girls to “gang up for good.” Love the cause and the name of the campaign.

DanJ

September 20th, 2012
7:13 pm

Kudos to Demi! I didn’t think I would like her but I have to admit I find her warm and I enjoy her insights. Britney is a little out there at times but she’s Britney! I HOPE Nicki will follow Demi’s path. I still love not having a host. Love the camera following the contestants. Considering X-Factor really didn’t have a host last year I think they should forget about hiring one. Maybe they can hire the announcer from The Price Is Right to announce the singers and let the cameras do the rest.

Seth T

September 20th, 2012
7:19 pm

Here’s a replay of Jessica Espinoza – She also has some stuff on YouTube with her band;, and other videos under “Jessica Marie”. But didn’t see any holes in her clothes, in fact, she was dressed pretty well.

She reminds me of Allison Iraheta.

http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2012/09/jessica-espinoza-goes-pink-for-x-factor-audition/

Seth T

September 20th, 2012
7:29 pm

G

September 21st, 2012
9:09 am

So far, the judges on XF are cool. It’s still early though. My guess is things may heat up once the real competition begins. A little friction on any show isn’t bad. Too many pleasantries on the panel makes the show dull and the judges even more useless.

Deirdre

September 21st, 2012
9:47 am

Morning from sunny California. Well, maybe not sunny yet…the sun just came up.

Wishing my blog friends a good weekend!

Sam-A

September 21st, 2012
9:50 am

D: Lucky girl – wish I was in lovely CA this weekend!

Mercedes: Any movie suggestions for this weekend. Still waiting for the R. Gere to open wide so I can see it at the theaters in my area.

Rickster

September 21st, 2012
11:21 am

I’d like to watch the Eastwood “Trouble With The Curve” movie – but I’m going to wait until it hits the dollar movie theater. :-)

Mercedes S.

September 21st, 2012
11:57 am

For Sam-A and other movie goers: “Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” is a must this weekend. Wild and woolly like most of Director Anderson’s film, this one is a “secret” take on the Scientology cult and its founder L. Ron Hubbard. Philip Seymour Hoffman is the leader of “healing” group called The Cause; Joaquin Phoenix his sad-sack acolyte, a soldier trying to adjust to post-war America. Both actors at the top of their game; Phoenix my choice for Best Actor Oscar next year.
Amy Adams SCARY as the Mrs. Cult leader.

Mercedes S.

September 21st, 2012
12:07 pm

I also liked “Liberal Arts”, a small movie about mid-30s guy who goes back to his college for a function and meets up with much too young student. Josh Radnor wrote, directed and stars as the young man trying to find an age-appropriate love interest; Elizabeth Olsen is the 19-year student, Allison Janney an “older” professor crush, and then there’s Elizabeth Reaser, perfect, if only the hero would notice her.

Mercedes S.

September 21st, 2012
12:09 pm

Forgot to mention Richard Jenkins who plays Radnor’s old professor in “Liberal Arts.” He has some of the best lines in the film.

Rickster

September 21st, 2012
1:44 pm

So far I’ve been much more impressed with Demi Lovato than Britney. Demi seems engaged. Britney seems aloof and disinterested. Britney’s comments remind me more of Paula’s cotton candy style critiques while Demi’s seem more Kara-esque in comparison.

Britney’s there simply to draw in the young teens and the older oglers.

Sam-A

September 21st, 2012
2:27 pm

Thanks, Mercedes. Hope to get to a movie this weekend.

Deirdre

September 21st, 2012
2:42 pm

Thanks for the reviews, Mercedes!

I agree with Rickster about Britney. She makes a lot of faces but not much more than that.

Mercedes S.

September 21st, 2012
3:08 pm

Britney and SImon was on Kimmel show last night.
Impression: Britney is either really stupid, mentally unhinghed or on some medication or other. She was never “there”.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

September 21st, 2012
3:46 pm

Hi y’all,

Well, Britney has severe bipolar disorder and is on strong meds. I think there might be more to that story, but that is all that’s known publicly. I only say that because Demi also suffers from the disorder and she seems a lot more present, and has a lot more to say. I’ve honestly been pleasantly surprised.

Mercedes, I saw Britney and Simon on Ellen and she seemed “Spooked.”

Sam-A

September 21st, 2012
3:53 pm

K&CF: I saw Ellen too – BS kept making the weirdest, vacant expressions every time there was the slightest noise from the audience, ie claps, cheers, et al. It’s rather pitiful – she’s like a puppet who has to have her strings pulled to have any animation.

Sam-A

September 21st, 2012
4:35 pm

Great weekend all