‘American Idol’ Feud: ‘If I Had Been Mariah, I Would Have Strangled Nicki to Death,’ Says Stevie Nicks (VIDEO)

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Team Nicki or Team Mariah? Stevie Nicks is making no secret of whose side she’s on.

The Fleetwood Mac frontwoman has weighed on the highly-publicized American Idol feud, which sparked when singer-rapper Nicki Minaj cussed out fellow new judge Mariah Carey during auditions in Charlotte, N.C., last week. Which dueling diva does Nicks back? Carey, hands down.

“How dare this little girl!” the former Idol coach told The Daily of Minaj. “If I had been Mariah I would have walked over to Nicki and strangled her to death right there,” the 64-year-old said.

And Nicks wouldn’t have backed down until she got her way.

“I would have killed her in front of all those people and had to go to jail for it,” added Nicks, whose history with Fleetwood Mac suggests she knows a thing or two about bitter feuds. In the group’s 1970s heyday, Nicks and her bandmates were known for their affairs, betrayals, and beefs, though they channeled all that dysfunction into their songwriting and created some of the top-selling records of all time.

In the behind-the-scenes footage of the Idol fight, Carey certainly took a less aggressive path than Nicks might have. As Minaj threw threats in her direction — saying things like “off with your head” and “I will knock you out” — Carey kept calm and carried on with the job at hand: judging the Idol hopefuls.

While Carey has stayed hush-hush on the clash, Idol host Ryan Seacrest admitted it “was a very heated, intense argument” on his morning radio show, On Air With Ryan Seacrest. “Both of these judges have come with a different perspective,” he explained. “You know that when you put Nicki, Mariah and Keith [Urban] together, you’re going to get different opinions — which is fantastic. But yesterday, it did go too far, to the point where the producers said, ‘Let’s call it a day.'”

While the bad blood has generated headlines and hype around the show, some suspect the fray is no more than a publicity stunt. “I think right now because the show isn’t airing, they are trying to keep the buzz up,” Season 3 contestant Diana DeGarmo told Celebuzz. “I think it’s just a case of them causing a stir to get people excited to see it. Then when it starts, it’ll be back to the contestants.” Former Idol judge Steven Tyler and  Cee Lo Green, of rival music competition show The Voice, have also expressed skepticism.

And through it all, Team Idol maintains it’s all smooth sailing on set. “This is one of the best, most passionate, dynamic and invested judging panels we’ve ever had,” the show’s producers said in a statement on Friday. “We love and support all of the judges and the fantastic work they are doing, and we can’t imagine a better group to find the next American Idol.”

“Despite all the accusations and media speculation — much of which is inaccurate — production is going extremely well today,” the statement continued. “The judges are focused on finding the best talent.”

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