'Idol' producers want shake-up as Mariah threatens to quit

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MARIAH Carey is ready to quit 'American Idol'.

The 43-year-old singer is reportedly so sick of working with Nicki Minaj, 30, that she wants to quit the show so she doesn't have to deal with her any more.

A source told Fox News: "Mariah doesn't want to come back. Nicki is really disrespecting her, and she's tired of trying to bite her tongue all the time.

"One night Nicki tried to be kind of nice, but Mariah didn't bite, so I guess she figured 'screw that.'

"She's done with it all. She doesn't need the platform, and all the drama isn't healthy for her.

"She's also under fire with the producers for not being critical enough of the contestants."

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler - who was a judge on 'American Idol' for two seasons - recently urged Mariah and Nicki to be professional and focus on the contestants.

He said: "You just have to give your opinion. It wasn't hard for me, but I would imagine it's hard for some people, and they need a manager to say 'Shut the f**k up, and just give them your opinion'.

"I know that they've got something going on on the judges' panel, [and] it shouldn't be that, it should be just the opposite: They should have something going on, which is called 'camaraderie'.

"They should have something going on so thick and beautiful that they can lay it over the new talent that's trying to birth itself. It needs to be birthed, not judged by 'entertainment' factors, it needs to be judged by people that [are] honest, true, that have the 'it' factor.

"Not the 'it' factor because they can fight. The f**k is that all about?"

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Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Pink and Diddy are being lined up for the new season of 'American Idol'.

Producers on the show are reportedly desperate to sign up the quartet to replace current judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Keith Urban after ratings fell dramatically this year.

A source told RadarOnline: "It's been a lackluster season for 'Idol' and everyone involved with the show is well aware of it so that's why producers are frantically working on lining up big name stars for season 14.

"There's more drama going on behind the scenes of the show than on the stage, and that's why there's a major overhaul in the works.

"A telling sign was that the highlight of the season was Mariah and Nicki's explosive feud that was leaked on the web - and that was before the season even aired.

"Producers have been trying to recreate that buzz ever since and it hasn't worked - the public isn't buying it.

"The judges don't have real chemistry, and there's no real standout contestant.

"That's why they want to go big next season, and you can't get any bigger than Justin Bieber.

"The executives are calling it their dream team because who wouldn't tune in to see Justin and Selena, Pink and Diddy? Pink has been approached in the past and turned it down as well as Diddy, who wanted too much money.

"It will cost a fortune to get them, but the show has gotten so stale that Fox is desperate for a revamp - they're willing to pay to put Idol back on top."

According to the source, the only person on the show who will definitely return next year is host Ryan Seacrest.

The insider added: "'Idol' is not the water cooler show it used to be - it's not hip and become really boring. If producers have it their way - Justin, Selena, Pink and Diddy will be sitting at the judges table next season and that's a powerhouse group and everyone would tune in to see."



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