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Mariah Carey warned Minaj clash was likely

Singer’s husband says Fox told American Idol pairing was trouble


May 07-- Mariah Carey warned Fox that pairing her with rapper Nicki Minaj to judge American Idol could cause trouble, her husband Nick Cannon has told American TV. Clashes between Carey and Minaj have caused headlines that threaten to overshadow the talent competition.

In an appearance on the KTLA Morning News Cannon said of the feud, “My wife [had] foreseen all this. She tried to tell the network, ‘I don’t think this is going to work. I’m afraid ... I don’t need this.’”

Cannon said Carey warned that having her and Minaj on the same panel was “taking it in the wrong direction, because this is going to turn into one of those reality shows. She’s like, ‘I didn’t sign up to be on “Love and Hip Hop”.’

He said Carey had hoped that the show would be more about the participants: “She really loves these contestants.”

But he said Carey would continue to take the high road: “She comes home and just doesn’t have time for it. She’s too busy trying to be the world’s biggest superstar-mom.”

Ratings for the popular series have steadily declined this season. While Minaj has been a standout that has attracted positive reaction from viewers, Carey has not generated the same excitement. Rumours surfaced last week that Fox was planning to replace Carey with former Idol judge Jennifer Lopez. Fox denied the report when Carey threatened legal action.