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New American Idol Judges Talk About The Upcoming Season

January 8, 2013 | Posted by Joseph Lee

Billboard reports that there was an American Idol press conference at the 2013 TCA in Pasadena, California. It featured new judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. Here are highlights:

Carey on the feud with Minaj: “This is a very passionate panel, there are a lot of strong personalities. The fighting is what it is. This is ‘American Idol’ — it’s bigger than all that. It’s bigger than some stupid trumped-up thing.”

Executive producer Nigel Lithgoe on if the fighting was real: “It’s authentic. Two of them were always angry.”

Minaj on her thoughts on the show before signing on: “I didn’t like when people would be overtly passive. We’re here to do a job. I don’t put someone through because of a great story or because there’s something going on that may make people cry… I didn’t really have a problem saying no because we’re looking for the best of the best. It brothers me when someone says yes and don’t deserve it.”

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