01/23/2013 AT 10:50 PM ET
Things got so heated that the production had to shut down for a bit, leaving a speedway full of aspiring singers sitting idle. The cause of the friction? Disagreements over the judges’ varying styles of critique – particularly when it came to 20-year-old Summer Cunningham.
“Why are we picking her apart?” Minaj asked after Carey questioned whether the contestant’s voice was best-suited for country music.
“Really? Is that what I did?” responded Carey. “We’re trying to help her as opposed to just talk about her outfit.”
That retort caused Minaj to throw a fit. “Oh, you’re right. I’m sorry I can’t help her. Maybe I should just get off the [BLEEP] panel,” she said before walking off the set.
As Minaj left, Carey got in one more shot: Referring to Minaj storming off, she said, “I was going to do that the next time she ragged on me.”