"American Idol" Recap: Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey Finally Fight--See How It All Started!

Show touches down in Charlotte, N.C., site of the infamous spat that leaked online and sparked all the feud talk.

By Natalie Finn
|  Thursday, Jan 24, 2013  |  Updated 9:33 AM CDT
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Judging by the stony look on Mariah Carey's face whenever Nicki Minaj proceeded to dominate the conversation, sometimes with a British accent...

Trouble was definitely brewing.

Wednesday's "American Idol" featured The Fight, the infamous showdown in Charlotte, N.C., between Nicki and Mariah that instantly went viral and provoked talk of a greater feud being waged behind the scenes.

Miss last week's season premiere? Here it is--in GIFs!

"That's a wrap for today!" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is seen proclaiming in footage captured on that fateful day.

But it turns out that Nicki was mad at everybody, not just Mariah, when she walked off the panel, announcing, "I'm done!"

Nicki had taken exception to her fellow judges' handling of aspiring "soulful country" artist Summer Cunningham (who made it to Hollywood, BTW). "Why are we taking her apart?" she wondered aloud as Mariah, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson insisted that Summer shouldn't deny that her voice is best suited for country music, despite her comment that she had already done "the country thing."

Did the Mariah-Nicki drama rumors prove a selling point this season?

"That's like saying, 'I did the brain-surgeon thing,'" retorted Keith (as much as the cheery crooner can possibly retort to something).

"Thirty years, a little help, insight," Randy deadpanned, touting his own resume in response to Nicki's concerns.

"Oh, you're right," Nicki said, "maybe I should just get off the f--king panel."

Nicki didn't want to come off as "crazy psycho" on Idol

"That was my move," Mariah lamented as the rapper left the room. "I was going to do that the next time she ragged on me." Insisted Randy: "I was gonna walk out!"

"Shut the f--k up," Nicki can be heard saying off-camera as her fellow judges carried on.

"Now I totally understand why she got mad," tweeted @number1barb, one of the many opinions retweeted by Nicki Minaj tonight as the drama unfolded on TV at last.

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Flash to day two, when even auditioner Brandy Hamilton is nervous about what sort of mood the judges are going to be in post-dustup.

Well, the talented Brandy had no need to worry--but the emotional 25-year-old Navy reservist still said, "Please don't fight, it makes me sad" as she was dashing out the door to share the good news.

And, after all that hype, Charlotte ended on a high note (on TV, anyway), with Seretha Guinn offering up LeAnn Rimes' "How Do I Live" and the theme song from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" to score herself a ticket to Hollywood.

"Incredible," praised Nicki, who must have been pretty glad that, after walking away, she decided to come back.

Still no literal hits on "American Idol," but here's a sampling of the musical ones!

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