Could Mariah Carey leave American Idol before the show has even begun? According to, if show bosses sign up Nicki Minaj for the judging panel - as is expected - it would be "at the expense" of Carey, who hung up the phone when told the New York rapper was being sounded out for the role.
Sources connected with Idol say Mariah was led to believe she would be the only woman on the judging panel. It's not difficult to figure out that Minaj is a lot younger than Carey, and perhaps more relevant in terms of the audience that Idol is attempting to reach (especially considering their newest rivals The Voice, and The X Factor have young, hip, judges). The 'Pink Friday' star joining Idol is by no means a done deal: firstly, it's unclear whether Randy Jackson will return as a judge or a mentor, and secondly, some head honchos on the show believe it's a mistake to have two women and a man on the panel. Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Enrique Iglesias are leading the hunt for another of the vacant judging spots, though should Randy return, a line-up of him, Mariah and Nicki may not appeal to middle America.
It's unclear whether Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have anything against each other - unlikely given they've worked together before - though it's understood that the former simply assumed she would be the main attraction on the forthcoming season of American Idol, which now doesn't appear to be the case.