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“American Idol” auditions head to Baton Rouge, Louisiana now, with more fake fireworks planned among the judges. As everyone knows by now, in Charlotte, North Carolina Nicki Minaj picked a fight with Mariah Carey. The news mushroomed into World War III and cast a big spotlight on “Idol” sure to build ratings when the show returns in January.

All of this is planned, dear friends. Back in the day, it was Simon vs. Paula. And whether Simon would leave the show. Or Paula. This is what Simon Fuller and Nigel Lythgoe were so good at: creating huge amounts of contentious publicity designed to attract viewers. You need it in the first few weeks before viewers have favorite singers to root for.

I was discussing this with a Fox TV exec, reminiscing about the PT Barnum days of fake “Idol” publicity. And now, it’s back! Nicki Minaj has been assigned the role of instigator. Mariah Carey is the victim. Who knows what they have planned for Keith Urban? Something wicked this way comes.

Baton Rouge may not be ready for this gumbo.

3 replies to this post
  1. I think there is very good reason to believe this is all staged, and certainly there would be good reason for Nigel and Simon to do so, but this seems TOO good to be an act. If it is all staged, it is brilliantly executed by all involved. I can’t say the drama got me to watch the show because I’ve always been a fan, but sometimes, in the past, I would miss Idol and be so mad. Now, my DISH Hopper automatically records the shows for me on the four major networks during primetime using PrimeTime Anytime, so I don’t have to miss Idol. I watched Idol live this time on my lunch break while at work at DISH since I had to work late, but I get awfully upset if I can’t see it at all. The other nice thing is that after 8 days, my Hopper automatically deletes the recordings too so I don’t have to worry about the feature filling up my hard drive space.

  2. i know you’re pretty good friends w/ Mariah, so maybe you have an inside track on this. however, i don’t think this was staged either. and if it is, Mariah’s not in on it.

What do you think?