Nicki Minaj on Fellow ‘American Idol’ Judge Mariah Carey: She Has ‘Met Her Match’

Producer Nigel Lythgoe says the Mariah/Nicki feud is real.
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When it comes to her feud with fellow American Idol judge Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj won’t back down.

“I think Mariah met her match this time,” the Young Money rapper says in the first installment of her three-part E! series, Nicki Minaj: My Truth, which kicked off Sunday. “I don’t think she was expecting to meet her match.”

The special — which offers die-hard Barbz a behind-the-scenes look at their idol’s jam-packed life — sees Minaj putting the final touches on her Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded — The Re-Up album, launching her new Pink Friday fragrance, prepping for an international tour and joining the judges’ table on the hit Fox singing competition.

“I’m super nervous and anxious for the first day of American Idol,” she reveals as she readies for the first round of auditions. “It wasn’t like I made the decision 100,000 percent sure. I’m still second-guessing my decision. I’m probably going to be up to hundredth guess on this situation because I’m human. It’s a big job.”

Following an endless night in the studio, Minaj’s nerves mount as she prepares to jet to New York City for her Idol debut. “Picking out the outfit, this is one thing that adds to the anxiety of the first day,” she admits. “To come out and have these people seeing me and not knowing what they’re going to think and knowing you’re going to be judged.”

But it hasn’t been her fashions in the Idol spotlight. In October, Minaj, 29, hit headlines when a video leaked of her bickering with — and spewing F-bombs at — fellow new judge Carey, 42, during American Idol auditions in Charlotte, N.C. “There was a very heated, intense argument towards the end of the day,” Idol host Ryan Seacrest said of the bitter blowout on his morning radio show, adding that it went “a little too far.”

And while speculation swirled that the dispute was a publicity stunt, Idol’s producer insists it’s the real thing. “I have no idea why I would be doing it [for ratings] five months before the show went out,” Nigel Lythgoe told TMZ. “They’ve got to realize I would only do anything for ratings a month before the show went out,” he admitted. “They’ve got my timing wrong.” The producer even claimed the dueling divas — who will debut on Idol alongside Randy Jackson and Keith Urban when the show premieres Jan. 16 — were already “amicable that afternoon” following their caught-on-camera face-off.

Watch the premiere of Nicki Minaj: My Truth here. The second episode airs Nov. 11 at 10:30 PM EST.

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