Nicki Minaj And Mariah Carey Rift Rumours Downplayed By American Idol Producers

7 October 2012, 10:19 | Updated: 7 October 2012, 10:23

The show's producers say the dispute has been "inaccurately" reported and the panel is committed to finding the next big star.

The producers of American Idol have issued a statement downplaying the reported onset tensions between judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, following a filmed argument between the pair earlier this week.

The 'Starships' rapper and singer Mariah were seen in a heated dispute in footage from the North Caroline auditions earlier this week, but producers say reports of a complete fallout have been "inaccurately" reported by the press.

"This is one of the best, most passionate, dynamic and invested judging panels we've ever had," the statement reads, reports MTV News. "We love and support all of the judges and the fantastic work they are doing, and we can't imagine a better group to find the next American Idol.

"Despite all the accusations and media speculation - much of which is inaccurate - production is going extremely well today and the judges are focused on finding the best talent here in Baton Rouge," they continued.

Nicki Minaj posted several messages aimed at 'Hero' singer Mariah on Twitter in the wake of their argument, after the singer filmed an interview with Barbara Walters saying she felt Nicki was "unpredictable".

American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe issued a separate statement earlier in the week dismissing claims Nicki had threatened violence against Mariah as "absolute rubbish".

American Idol features a revamped judging panel this year of Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and retiring panelist Randy Jackston.