Just when you thought Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj were done bickering on "American Idol," the two diva judges have [article id="1706673"]thrown so much shade[/article] at each other over the past 24 hours producers might have to set up extra stage lights just so we can see all the eye-rolling on Thursday night's (May 2) elimination show.
The agree-to-disagree/hate relationship took another serious turn on Wednesday night when Carey not-so-subtly tweaked Minaj by noting that the Young Money queen had never reached the #1 position on Billboard's Hot 100 single chart. (Not for nothing, but Billboard reported last April that both women had 44 Hot 100 hits, though Carey still holds the record for most weeks at #1 (16) for her 1995-96 Boyz II Men hit "One Sweet Day.")
Well, you knew Nicki wasn't going to take that sitting down. On Thursday morning she started the day with a tweet that set things off again. "All dem #1s but JLo phone ringin?," Minaj wrote double-tweaking Carey by using one of her favored bit of [article id="1703171"]twin-related slang[/article] and bringing up the sore subject of rumors that "Idol" producers had reportedly considered [article id="1706232"]dumping Mariah[/article] in favor of former judge Jennifer Lopez earlier this season when ratings began to go (further) south.
All dem #1s but JLo phone ringin? Lol. I guess having a personality, being a secure woman, and giving genuine critique still trumps that.— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) May 2, 2013
"I guess having a personality, being a secure woman, and giving genuine critique still trumps that."
She was not quite as politic a short time earlier, when she tweeted, "What u SHOULD be doing (wit your messy ass) is asking why a woman SO successful at her age, is still so INSECURE, and bitter."
What u SHOULD be doing (wit your messy ass) is asking why a woman SO successful at her age, is still so INSECURE, and bitter @perezhilton— Nicki Minaj (@NICKIMINAJ) May 2, 2013
At one point during Wednesday's show, Minaj disagreed with Carey so vehemently that she pulled out some Q-Tips and offered them to her rival so she could clean her ears out, unexpectedly bringing prop comedy into play in their never-ending feud.
At press time it did not appear that Carey had reacted to Minaj's Twitter taunts, but who knows what will happen on Thursday's show when the two women have to sit just feet from each other for one of the last times this season?
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