Feuding divas on “American Idol”? Ryan Seacrest says that’s just great.
The show’s host said Wednesday that things got intense between new judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey during a tryout taping the previous day in Charlotte.
Amid a dispute over a contestant, Minaj announced that she was no longer putting up with “her ... highness,” in a reference to Carey and with a few expletives added in.
Another new judge, Keith Urban, was in the unenviable position of sitting between the two of them.
On his radio show, Seacrest said “Idol” needs some passionate debate.
“It did get intense,” he said. “We want that. We want them to be on this panel together. This is a good team, a great team, to go out and look for the next American Idol.”
Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens and his fourth wife, Madeleine, are filing for divorce.
Boone Pickens is an Oklahoma native who made much of his fortune in oil drilling.
The 84-year-old Pickens has since become an advocate for alternative energy sources.
He also is active in politics and has donated millions of dollars to his alma mater of Oklahoma State University and various other causes.
Filmmaker Tyler Perry is donating a new van to a Georgia woman with cerebral palsy after her specially equipped one was stolen outside Atlanta.
Perry said Tuesday he heard news reports about Alicia Day’s van being stolen Sunday night in Decatur.
Day, who uses a wheelchair, said her “mouth just dropped” when she heard Perry’s voice on the phone.