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Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey throw down

"American Idol" has barely gotten underway, and a purported feud between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj -- they've both denied the beef -- has become a full-blown diva showdown, as seen in video leaked by TMZ. In the clip, Minaj and Carey are in a heated argument that reportedly derailed auditions in Charlotte, N.C. There's plenty of swearing and shouting in the clip, so it's hard to fully decipher the argument. However, Minaj called the pop diva "disrespectful" and Carey replied by calling her a word that rhymes with "itch." Full story: 'Idol' showdown: It's Nicki Minaj versus Mariah Carey | Photos: 'Idol' judges through the years | Carey-Minaj feud gets a poke from Barbara WaltersEvan Agostini / Associated Press; Ilya S. Savenok / Getty Images