'Idol' Roundup: Steven Tyler vs. Nicki Minaj, Phillip Phillips Debuts at #4 and More
'Idol' Roundup: Steven Tyler vs. Nicki Minaj, Phillip Phillips Debuts at #4 and More
Jeff Dodge
Jeff Dodge
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
Nicki Minaj is in the middle of another feud, and this time it's with former judge Steven Tyler over their judging skills, with the race card being thrown in along the way. And speaking of the new panel, Ryan Seacrest got the scoop from Randy, Mariah and Keith on how season 12 is shaping up to be. And Phillip Phillips' first week sales are in -- and there's good news to report. Plus, find out where on TV you can check out your favorite Idols in the coming days.

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Steven Tyler vs. Nicki Minaj

I think it's safe to say there's never going to be a dull moment as long as Nicki Minaj is involved with American Idol. First, there was the blowup with Mariah Carey. And now she's in a new feud, this time with former judge Steven Tyler. But get this, it's actually Steven who initiated the argument.

In an interview with MTV, he said, "I know that they've got something going on on the judges' panel, [and] it shouldn't be that, it should be just the opposite: They should have something going on, which is called 'camaraderie.'" He goes on to say, "These kids, they just got out of a car from the Midwest somewhere and they're in New York City, they're scared to death; you're not going to get the best [out of them]. ... If it was Bob Dylan, Nicki Minaj would have had him sent to the cornfield! Whereas, if it was Bob Dylan with us, we would have brought the best of him out, as we did with Phillip Phillips. Just saying." 

Nicki responded via Twitter: "Steven Tyler said I would have sent Bob Dylan to a cornfield??? Steven, you haven't seen me judge one single solitary contestant yet! I understand you really wanted to keep your job but take that up with the producers. I haven't done anything to you. That's a racist comment. You assume that I wouldn't have liked Bob Dylan??? why? black? rapper? what? go f*** yourself and worry about yourself babe."

Finally, Steven clarified his comments and apologized, according to E! Online: "I apologize if it was taken wrong, Nicki. But I am the farthest [from being a racist]. I am the last thing on this planet as far as being a racist. I don't know where she got that out of me saying I'm not sure how she would've judged Bob Dylan." Referring to the cornfield comment, Steven says what he meant by that is "if Bob Dylan came on the show, he would've been thrown off. Maybe I spoke out of turn. But a racist I'm not, Nicki."

So what do we make of all this back and forth nonsense? I don't believe Steven meant it as a racist comment at all and Nicki should not have played the race card. But considering Steven was more of a non-judge himself (meaning he never actually did his job and instead said everything was beautiful), Steven has no credibility when it comes to suggesting how the new Idol judges should do their job. Regardless of how provocative or scandalous Nicki can be, if it means restoring real honesty to the panel again, then I welcome her to the show.

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Ryan Seacrest Interviews New Idol Judges

If you want to get a sense of the chemistry among the new American Idol judges panel, take a look at this video where Ryan Seacrest interviews Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban for E! News. (Apparently, Nicki wasn't available at that time, but she is interviewed as well.) So while we can't see all four of them together just yet, they do talk about what it's like in this new job. Some of Mariah's facial expressions indicate maybe she's still trying to get over the feud, unless she's just playing those looks up for the camera.


Phillip Phillips Debuts at #4 (& Other Idol Album Sales)

After Scotty McCreery reversed the trend in recent years of Idol winners failing to reach commercial success, the big question became, would Scotty's accomplishments carry over with his successor, Phillip Phillips? Not only with "Home," but now with his debut, it sure looks that way. The World from the Side of the Moon debuted at #4 (only behind Rihanna, Taylor Swift and One Direction, but let's face it, it's hard to beat those three), selling 169,000 units in its first week. That's better than Jordin Sparks, Kris Allen and Lee Dewyze did with their debuts. And take a look at the rest of the Idols on the Billboard 200 chart right now, courtesy of USA Today:

Kelly Clarkson's Greatest Hits -- Chapter One at #11, Selling 74,000 units (Debut)

Carrie Underwood's Blown Away at #12, Selling 74,000 units (Total Sales: 1.01 million)

Scotty McCreery's Christmas with Scotty McCreery at #21, Selling 50,000 units (Total: 165,000)

Kelly Clarkson's Stronger at #54, Selling 19,000 units (Total: 978,000)

Carrie Underwood's Some Hearts at #69, Selling 17,000 units (Total: 7.267 million)

Mandisa's It's Christmas at #85, Selling 14,000 units (Total: 53,000)

Upcoming TV Appearances

Scotty McCreery
Christmas in Rockefeller Center (Wednesday, 8pm, NBC)

Jordin Sparks
The Wendy Williams Show (Wednesday, check local listings)

Kelly Clarkson
Blake Shelton's Not-So-Family Christmas (Monday, 10pm, NBC)

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(Images courtesy of WENN; video courtesy of E! News)