Fox: Passion, disagreements with new ‘Idol’ team

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FILE - This Sept. 17, 2012 file image released by Fox shows the new judges for the singing competition series, "American Idol," from left, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj and during a news conference in New York. (AP Photo/FOX, Michael Becker)

PASADENA, Calif.: Five minutes into their season-opening news conference and the new team at “American Idol” were having their first disagreement — about their disagreements.

Asked Tuesday whether a supposed feud between new judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj was a publicity stunt, Fox network executive Mike Darnell said it was authentic. He said there was a lot of passion within the group, which also includes country star Keith Urban and returning judge Randy Jackson. He said there were also a lot of disagreements.

Carey, however, called the story “some trumped-up thing.”

Minaj later called Carey one of her favorite all-time artists who has shaped a generation of singers.


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