American Idol’s 12 Most Shocking Moments

  
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For 16 seasons, American Idol has been doing its best to surprise and shock its fans. Even though the show was canceled briefly in April 2016, it was revived in 2018 with three new judges, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie, and with new judges came more controversy! Here are American Idol’s 12 Most shocking moments ever:

12. Pia Toscano’s Elimination

American Idol favorite Pia Toscano’s elimination during season 10 not only shocked viewers, it also shocked the other contestants and the judges. She had been pegged as a potential winner and her elimination was part a growing trend of female contestants being voted off the show before their male counterparts. The judges were so visibly upset that Jennifer Lopez said, “I have no idea what just happened here. I’m shocked. I’m angry. I don’t even know what to say.”

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11. Leaked Footage of Nicki Minaj Yelling at Mariah Carey

During season 12 of American Idol, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey had quite the feud. During auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina, there was footage of Minaj flying off the handle and shouting, “I told them I’m not f—king putting up with her f—king highness over there,” referring to Carey. The “Anaconda” singer reportedly exploded because of a disagreement she had with the “Fantasy” singer over a contestant’s performance. Although it wasn’t captured on film, Minaj reportedly also told Carey, “I’m gonna knock you out.”

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