Mariah Carey Hopes Nicki Minaj ‘American Idol’ Feud Helps Ratings

Mariah Carey Hopes Nicki Minaj 'American Idol' Feud Helps Ratings

Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj famously trading insults during the auditions for American Idol last year as we all saw in a leaked video.

Although the two judges have since made amends and insist there’s no beef between them, the Hero singer hopes some good comes from their argument – that it helps boost viewing figures.

Mariah was asked about their heated row – which saw her hire extra security after she claimed Minaj threatened to shoot her – during an interview with Barbara Walters on ABC News this week.

“It felt like an unsafe work environment,” the 42-year-old explained. “Anytime anybody’s reeling threats at somebody, you know, it’s not appropriate.

“I’m a professional. I’m not used to that type of environment,” she said, adding that hiring bodyguards “was the appropriate thing to do.”

“Sitting there on the road with two babies, I’m not going to take any chances.”

She added: “For all the drama, I hope it helps the show.”

Fans can catch Mariah and new judges Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj (as well as old judge Randy Jackson) when the new season starts next week.

American Idol premieres January 16.