Mariah Carey: Nicki Minaj Feud Was 'One-Sided'

The new "American Idol" judges disagree on the nature of their much-publicized argument.

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Reporters got a little taste of what it’s like to see a disagreement between American Idol judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj go down.

FOX gathered the reality competition’s judges and producers in Pasadena for the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, Calif. on Tuesday. And, naturally, questions arose about the much-reported feud between Carey and Minaj, which reached a fever pitch when the two sparred in a leaked video during auditions.

“The whole thing was convoluted,” Carey, 42, said. “You know what it is? It’s a distraction from the show and it’s a distraction from the contestants. And I think it’s unfair to them, really. It shouldn’t be about any of us sitting up here, it should be about the contestants.”

But, of course, the public still wants to know. The entire panel seemed to have their talking points on the feud: That sometimes things get heated when the judges disagree and that they actually want them to be passionate about the contestants.

But, there was a moment when Carey may have gone rogue. A reporter asked how the two of them got past that very angry fight caught on tape.

Carey replied, “I did nothing and here we are.” Then, she added, “It was all one-sided.”

To which Minaj scowled, “No, it wasn’t.”

American Idol returns Jan. 16 at 8 PM on FOX.

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