(Photo courtesy of Fox)American Idol
debuted its 12th season last night with a brand new judging panel that was, how shall we say, diva-tastic.
When Mariah Carey
and Nicki Minaj
weren't lobbing thinly veiled insults at each other, they were arguing over contestants, who got to talk first, and, bizarrely, Mean Girls
. (Hey, if anyone can make fetch happen, it's Mariah Carey.) Keith Urban
, meanwhile, managed to find some time to be sincerely interested in the contestants — when he wasn't mediating relations between the two starlets on either side of him.
And longtime Idol
judge Randy Jackson
, who usually offers little more than "you did your thing, dawg," actually doled out genuine criticism and unapologetically told sucky contestants that they should find a new hobby.
What do you think of the new American Idol
judging panel? It's certainly not boring, we'll give it that. But is it already too combative for its own good? Are you on Team Mariah or Team Nicki? Or Team Can't-We-All-Just-Get-Along? Cast your vote in the poll below, then hit the comments with your thoughts!