'American Idol' Judge Showdown: Will Mariah Carey or Nicki Minaj Win the Diva Battle? (VIDEO)

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Ever since Nicki Minaj was added to the American Idol judging panel nearly two weeks ago, fans and viewers alike have been on feud watch, hoping for some bad blood to boil between the “Starships” singer and fellow judge Mariah Carey.

Carey, 42, has already gone on the record to dismiss the nonsense, while Minaj, 29, had nothing but praise for the “Triumphant” singer.

“Mariah’s a legend and I just want to say that . . . I’m sitting next to a woman who’ve I looked up to since I can remember enjoying music. My mother and I bonded to Mariah and I told her that, before even American Idol,” Minaj told Access Hollywood this week.

“It’s obvious that we both have strong personalities, but ultimately, there’s respect there and I think if nothing else, it’ll make for great TV,” she added.

With these strong personalities, Minaj and Carey will no doubt flaunt their diva qualities on American Idol, with or without an onscreen feud.

But we’ve got to ask -- who is the more deserving diva?

From statistics to awards, vocal range specifics to the estimated net worth figures, Celebuzz has all the information fans need in order to decide who will rise on top of the diva battle.

Are you team Minaj or Carey?

American Idol Season 12 will kick off in January 2013.

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  • Shelley

    Well there's not competition, look at Mariah's career in the beginning, and look at Niki's. Even if Minaj stays around for a couple of more years, she will never, ever, come close to Mariah Carey. Trust me Minaj will fade away in about 3-5 years, because we've seen the of things she does before, and it's nothing new, example, Lik Kim, Lady Gaga, etc. Those antics gets old very fast, been there, done that.