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The American Idol judges sat down for their first interviews this week, and rather than play up the feud between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, all involved decided to downplay the controversy significantly. All the bad blood and animosity was chalked up to passion, despite the fact that Mariah was so angry once upon a time that she hired more security guards to protect her from her fellow panelist.

Initially, many speculated that producers might ask the two women to play up their feud in order to generate ratings, but once it go so far out of control, they must have decided the pros of such publicity were outweighed by the possibility one of the ladies would get fed up and quit midway through the season, creating a worst case scenario.

Just because producers have asked everyone to play nice, however, doesn’t mean they’ll follow through and actually do so. Based on set reports, we know some of the audition days will be a mess of bickering and in-fighting, but as for what we’ll see when the live shows start, your guess is as good as mine.

What do you think? Will Nicki and Mariah get along for the most part this season or will they go at it and continue whatever it is they started during the initial auditions? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…

Will Nicki And Mariah Play Nice On Idol?

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