So, yeah, I did hire more security.” The duo continued to add fuel to the fire over the course of the season, with Minaj lashing out frequently on Twitter.
In one particularly memorable rant, she referred to Carey as “insecure and bitter.” WATCH: From Jennifer Hudson to Adam Lambert: ‘American Idol’s Most Star-Powered Losers 7.
Clark appeared on a televised “Primetime Live” special on ABC, alleging that the former pop star took him under her wing by offering professional guidance and, later, the pair engaged in a three-month-long sexual relationship.
An ‘Idol’Alum and a Married Star Season 11 alumna Brittany Kerr made headlines not for her voice, but for being photographed in a lip-lock with then-married country star Jason Aldean.
Kerr later called the moment “a lapse in judgement,” while Aldean blamed it on the alcohol. I had too much to drink, let the party get out of hand and acted inappropriately at a bar,” he said in a statement to TMZ.
And in 2009, when Kris Allen upset Adam Lambert for the season nine crown, reports surfaced regarding “Idol” viewing parties in Allen’s home state of Arkansas, in which AT&T employees reportedly taught fans how to “power vote” for their hometown hero.
The buzzed-about controversy even earned a Jimmy Fallon-coined nickname: “Text Gate.” 5.
Let’s take a different kind of walk down memory lane with a look back at seven of Idol’s most infamous scandals.
WATCH: ‘American Idol’ Finale: 15 Big Reveals From the Series Retrospective 1.
“I ultimately ended up embarrassing my family and myself. I left alone and that’s the end of the story.” Well, not quite.
Aldean and his high school sweetheart-turned-first wife ended up divorcing, while Aldean and Kerr tied the knot on March 21, 2015.
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Things Get Litigious “Idol” drama turned litigious when season 11 winner Phillip Phillips filed a lawsuit against “Idol’s” co-producers, 19 Entertainment, in an effort to escape an “oppressive” contract. 22, 2015, and obtained by ET, Phillips claimed that the producers had “manipulated” him into accepting jobs and entering into other transactions that were actually for the benefit of 19 Entertainment and its affiliates.