American Idol 2013: Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj play down apparent tension

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American Idol judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have brushed off an apparent spat insisting there are no issues between the pair.

Singer Mariah, 42, and 30-year-old rapper Nicki became embroiled in a war of words at recent auditions in North Carolina but the stars claim it is all water under the bridge.

Mariah told The Hollywood Reporter: “Sometimes things get heated for their own reasons. I don’t think the panel has an issue.”

And Nicki attempted to dodge questions about the apparent fight but claimed she can get worked up when challenged by others.

She said: “I am scary and intimidating. I definitely demand respect. I’m also a sweet person. I’m a loving person. But I don’t want to be f**ked with.”

American Idol Nicki Minaj

However, Nicki still jokingly hinted their was tension between the pair when asked if her colourful image was too much for the family show by referring to diva Mariah.

She said: “I could think of at least one other person that shows more cleavage than me.”

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