‘American Idol’ Mentor Jimmy Iovine on Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj’s Feud: ‘It Could Pop’ (VIDEO)
Following this week’s shocking altercation between American Idol judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, one question remains: will the raucous rapper and divine diva clash again? Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine isn’t exactly saying yes — but from the sound of it, you may want to take cover. Just in case.
“The two of them — I don’t know. I’ve not been there yet, but it could pop,” says the music veteran, who’s set to return to the show for his third season of mentoring contestants.
And what does Iovine think of the apparently hot-headed Minaj?
“Nicki [is] unpredictable, right?” he told Celebuzz at the 21st Annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award event honoring Quincy Jones. “But really talented, but a whole different generation, a whole different attitude toward music and where it should come from.”
As for Carey, “[She] has a lot of information. She’s really a record producer,” Iovine said. “She’s talented, but she can back up her talent with A&R sense, and sense of the studio and how things are done and why things are done. So if she gives what she has, that’ll be really interesting.”
The two made headlines after their Oct. 2 altercation, caught in footage provided by TMZ; in it, Minaj is seen swearing loudly at Carey behind the judge’s table during a Charlotte, N.C. audition. Idol veteran Randy Jackson rises to his feet at one point and tries to restore peace; new judge Keith Urban, meanwhile, sits awkwardly between the dueling divas.
Yesterday, Urban told Extra that he felt like “the UN” during the fracas. But despite the unsettling introduction into the Idol world, Iovine says Urban is bound to acclimate quickly — and do a bang-up job as judge.
“Keith is a real musician, great musician,” Iovine said. “A lot of his influence seems to be rock and roll to me. I don’t know him that well, because he does country, but it seems to be rooted in [Bruce] Springsteen and [Tom] Petty and [Bob] Seger and all that stuff. And that could be a great tool to have on the show because a lot of kids come from rock and country.”
As for Jackson?
“Randy’s just Randy,” Iovine said, smiling. “He’s great.”
And despite the drama, Iovine is looking forward to returning to the Idol set, where he’ll meet up with old friends and hopefully make some new ones.
“I know Mariah. I don’t know Nicki, and I know Keith a little bit,” he said. “But we’re going to get to know each other on the show.”
“It [will] be fun to see the whole new gang, the new judges. Keep them honest and stuff — make sure they’re doing their thing.”