Nicki Minaj and Mariah CareyOh, it was a recipe from diva drama from the get-go, sitting  Mariah Carey next to Nicki Minaj at the American Idol judging table. And today, they served up their first heaping helping of explosive action.

According to TMZ, it happened during auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina. When Minaj disagreed with something Carey said about a contestant's performance she reportedly threatened her with violence and said, "I'm gonna knock you out!" And the gloves are off.

Even better -- part of it was caught on tape and leaked by an unknown source. In the footage you can hear an irate Minaj shouting, "I told them, I'm not f*ckin' putting up with her f*ckin' highness over there." So much for family-friendly viewing. You can watch it after the jump.

 

And they're just getting started. Can you imagine an entire season of them together? Poor Keith Urban; he's in for it in the middle there.

And before you scream "ratings ploy," TMZ reports that "big wigs on the show seem uncharacteristically upset by the blow up." They're reportedly questioning if the decision to have them both serve as judges is going to work out.  Also, the two divas truly seem to loathe one another, so I don't doubt they did and will legitimately go after one another.

Personally, I think the powers that be should just sit back and let things play out as they will. This video alone will likely make people more excited to watch American Idol than they have been in years.

Do you think the drama between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey will make American Idol worth watching? If one of them had to go, which one would you like to see leave?

 

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