updated 09/19/2012 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/19/2012 AT 12:00 PM ET
“Nicki is very deferential to Mariah,” Lythgoe told reporters at the So You Think You Can Dance finale on Tuesday. “[Nicki] says, ‘You do realize you’re auditioning in front of this incredible singer here, why would you want to choose her song to sing?’ ”
Veteran judge Randy Jackson, who is sitting alongside Carey, Minaj and country star Keith Urban for Idol’s 12th season, which premieres in January, may feel a little unappreciated, according to Lythgoe.