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Fourth of July Music on TV: Mariah Carey and Much More

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- If you're planning to avoid sunburn and mosquito bites and spend your Fourth of July inside this year, TV will provide you with a great soundtrack to your celebrations. Here's a rundown of who will be performing on what channel this Independence Day:

Mariah Carey, Selena Gomez, Pitbull, Taylor Swift and ageless icon Cher will all perform on the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, airing on NBC from 8 to 10 p.m. ET, with an encore one-hour fireworks special airing at 10 p.m. Usher is curating the overall design of the show, whose theme is "It Begins with a Spark." It's not clear if he'll be performing as well.

John Mayer and Demi Lovato will be performing on the third annual Philly 4th of July Jam, which airs on VH1 and Palladia on Thursday from 8 to 11 p.m. ET. It's the perfect place for Demi to bust out her new single, "Made in the U.S.A.," and for John to give fans a preview of his summer tour, which kicks off a few days later. Kevin Hart hosts the event, The Roots will be the musical curators, and other performers include Grace Potter, Jill Scott and J. Cole. Viewers will also see a fireworks display over the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Over on PBS, the annual special A Capitol Fourth will feature American Idol season 12 winner Candice Glover, ex-Idol champ Scotty McCreery, Glee star Darren Criss, young classical singer Jackie Evancho, Smash star Megan Hilty, the cast of Motown: The Musical, and legendary crooners Barry Manilow and Neil Diamond. Tom Bergeron hosts the festivities, which air live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. at 8 p.m. ET. Fireworks are included, and so is live cannon fire, provided by the U.S. Army Presidential Salute Battery.

Bergeron says the show is a sight to behold in person: "It's louder. Much louder. But it's amazing. It really is. It's a big finish to a big party."

Most unusually, MTV and VH1 have announced that on the Fourth of July, they plan to "let music ring" by -- gasp -- bringing back music videos.  From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET/PT, both networks, as well as CMT, will provide "the ultimate party playlist" by spinning music videos in a variety of musical genres.

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Mariah Carey Jokes Through NYC Wardrobe Snafu on "GMA"

Steve Mack/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Mariah Carey had a wardrobe snafu this morning during the Good Morning America concert series when the back of her pink sequined Donatella Versace dress popped open.

"I love you Donatella, but it popped darling," Carey said, laughing on stage after she finished singing her hit, "Always Be My Baby," her first performance of the morning.

"Should we call this the Central Park saga?" the global superstar and best-selling female artist of all time joked with GMA anchor Lara Spencer on the stage in Central Park.

"What we'll do is go to break, adjust, and when we come back we'll talk to Mariah Carey about how gorgeous she looks," Spencer replied.

After the commercial break, Carey emerged on stage in a brand new, stunning, long hot pink gown, a little more loosely-fit to ward off any future zipper problems.

Looking beautiful in the backup dress, Spencer asked Carey, "What's your secret?"

"I've been trying to do the best I can to stay in shape," said Carey. "But I need to catch my breath."

"This is a crazy time to be coming out here singing at the crack of dawn," Josh Elliot chimed in, thanking the Grammy-winner for putting on a fabulous show in Central Park.

Carey went on to complete the GMA concert series with the first-ever live performance of her new single, "#Beautiful," featuring Miguel.


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Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon Renew Vows at Disneyland

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary -- and their twins’ second birthday -- by renewing their vows at Disneyland.

“On our way to renew our vows. I love you shut down Disneyland...,” Carey tweeted en route to the California theme park Tuesday evening.

Carey posted video on Twitter of her grand entrance with daughter Monroe in the park’s horse-drawn Crystal Carriage. After arriving on Main Street, they were met by Cannon and son Moroccan. Together, the family of four walked to the Sleeping Beauty Castle, where Carey and Cannon renewed their vows before 250 guests, according to Entertainment Tonight.

Entertainment Tonight reported that the ceremony’s theme was “Do you believe in fairy tales?”

The ceremony concluded with fireworks and was followed by a reception in Fantasyland, where Cannon played deejay. Guests also had access to some of the theme park’s rides.

Earlier in the day, Carey and Cannon celebrated their twins’ birthdays with Mickey and Minnie Mouse before mom and daughter changed into ruffled white dresses and dad and son donned matching princely attire.

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"American Idol": 12th Season Kicks Off with Tense Moments

George Holz / FOX(NEW YORK) -- All eyes were on American Idol's season 12 premiere Wednesday night hoping to see fireworks between new judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, and they definitely delivered the drama.

Carey and Minaj started the night off with a little tiff over Minaj's feathered hat sitting on the judges' table.  It got worse from there when one of the contestants told Carey "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is the best modern-day Christmas song. 

As Carey noted the song went back to number one again last year, Minaj started calling Carey a bitch to the camera.  Carey shot back, "If she's calling me something that begins with a b, I rebuke it."

More disagreements between Carey and Minaj were featured on the Idol season premiere, but there were actual auditions happening in between the fighting.  Fellow newbie Keith Urban and veteran judge Randy Jackson sat in between the dueling divas as the panel listened to Idol hopefuls in New York City.

Here's a sample of what they heard:

The Good

Carey super-fan Teena Torres actually went to the diva's youth camp when she was 13.  Torres sang a song by one of Carey's own idols -- Carole King's "You've Got a Friend."  Carey and Minaj actually agreed on it, and all four judges gave Torres the go-ahead to Hollywood.

Christina "Isabelle" Pasqualone put a smile on Urban's face with her take on "Summertime" from Porgy & Bess.  Minaj said she saw Pasqualone going very far this season.  Urban thought she was a natural singer, and he loved Pasqualone's vulnerability.  Carey loved her song choice, and Pasqualone made it to Hollywood.

Shira Gavrielov has already scored a number one hit in her native Israel, and she's hoping for a shot at the American charts.  Minaj called Gavrielov a "superstar" after her tryout with Amy Winehouse's "Valerie."  The judges all voted to send her through to Hollywood.

Frankie Ford sings for tips on the subway in Manhattan, and he's hoping to take his act above ground to the Idol stage.  He started off singing Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)," but stopped after two lines due to nerves.  Once he started again, Ford had the judges smiling with delight.  Urban loved Ford's big voice and personality.  Carey said Ford had an "inner glow," and he promised to work hard after the judges sent him on to Hollywood.

Seventeen-year-old Sarah Restuccio had a country flair even though she comes from New Jersey.  Minaj liked her tone on Carrie Underwood's "Mama's Song," and Carey said she saw a complete package in Restuccio.  Things took a left turn as Restuccio delivered a spot-on rendition of Minaj's hit "Super Bass."  Urban and Carey didn't quite get who Restuccio was as an artist, but Minaj defended her.  In the end, the judges all sent her on to Hollywood.

Angela Miller suffers from hearing loss, but you couldn't tell it from her rendition of Jessie J's "Mama Knows Best."  Minaj said she felt Miller's performance in her soul, and Carey loved her soulful tone.  Miller is headed to Hollywood.

Gurpreet Sangh Sarin matches his turban with every outfit and told the judges he sometimes goes by "The Turbanator."  He sang Maroon 5's "Sunday Morning" for his audition, and Jackson had him sing some Indian scales before he left.  The judges thought Sarin's voice was pretty, but they thought it might be a little too light for the competition.  Jackson and Carey gave him a yes, but Urban passed on him.  Minaj ultimately gave Sarin the ticket to Hollywood.

Ashley Feliciano tried out with Corrine Bailey Rae's "Put Your Records On," and Minaj called the performance inspiring.  Carey thought Feliciano had big potential, and Urban complimented her tone.  Feliciano comes from a big family that adopts kids with medical issues.  The entire clan came in to hear that Feliciano made it to Hollywood.

The Bad

Evan Ruggierio started off as a singer and dancer with dreams of going to Broadway, but his dreams got derailed a few years back when a battle with cancer forced doctors to amputate his leg.  Ruggierio hoped a spot on Idol would help revive his dreams of stardom.  He tried out first with Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours," but he was a little stronger singing and playing Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive."  Urban liked Ruggierio's voice.  Minaj didn't think Ruggierio was strong enough for Hollywood.  The judges all said no, but Carey and Minaj both said he'd encouraged them being there.

Jessica Kartalis from Long Island actually got a visit from Jackson inviting her to come audition, and she tried out singing an original song.  She had a little trouble playing guitar, and Minaj thought Kartalis needed to come back next year.  The rest of the judges agreed with Minaj but encouraged Kartalis to not give up.

Rozanna Shindelman sang the Teddy Bears' 1958 hit "To Know Him Is To Love Him," and she admitted it was a last minute song choice.  Before her audition, Shindelman told the judges she only sang at home in front of her parents, and it was a performance only a mother could love.  Jackson said, "Dude, it was bad."  Urban agreed, and it was a no for Shindelman.

Brett Holt tried out for American Idol for a seventh time this year, and he was hopeful this was his time to make it to Hollywood.  After his off-pitch performance of the standard "When I Fall in Love," it was obvious Holt will never make it to Tinseltown.

The Really Bad

Michael Buonopane came into the audition room singing a version of Queen's "We Will Rock You" with rewritten lyrics geared towards the judges.  He then attempted to recreate turning the dial on a radio station singing different styles of music.  He was clearly in his own little world as the judges started telling him it was a definite no.

Fifteen-year-old James Bae hopes to become the next Justin Bieber, and he tried out with a tone-deaf, mostly spoken take on Bieber's "One Less Lonely Girl."  It was so bad, Jackson actually commented on how nice it was outside in Manhattan that day.  Carey suggested James might want to look into DJing, and Jackson asked James to never sing again.  Minaj gave James a kiss on the cheek before he left, so at least he'll have that to hold on to.

Benjamin Gaisey showed up in a ridiculous curly wig and a red, plastic suit he wore a few Halloweens ago.  Benjamin sang a lackluster medley of Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love to You" and Babyface's "Every Time I Close My Eyes" addressing the lyrics to Minaj and Carey.  He continued with Mario's "Let Me Love You," and accentuated the song with pelvic thrust.  Urban hid under the desk after the thrust saying, "It's not safe up there."  The judges tried to let Benjamin down easy, but Jackson finally told Benjamin his voice was terrible.

Albert Chang didn't seem quite sure where he was before entering the judges' room.  His pitiful rendition of "Phantom of the Opera" had Minaj giggling and Jackson throwing up his hands.

Forty-one contestants from New York City made it to Hollywood.  Idol auditions continue in Chicago Thursday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Fox.

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Mariah & Nicki Address 'Distracting' "American Idol" Feud; First Episode Airs in Theaters Wednesday

Michael Becker / FOX(NEW YORK) -- With all the reports of feuding and fighting on the set of American Idol, will viewers see something that looks more like an ultimate fighting match than a reality show when the new season of the show premieres?  We'll find out Wednesday, when the first episode of season 12 premieres in movie theaters in 11 cities nationwide, followed by a live Q&A at 8:30 p.m. ET with all the judges and Ryan Seacrest on and

"I think it was a good [decision] for us to do it like a big Hollywood premiere and get a chance to show it off," Ryan tells ABC News Radio. "You know, they do it all the time with movies.  Why can't we do it for TV?"

Meanwhile, judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj addressed their feud, speaking with reporters during a panel at the Television Critics Association press tour on Tuesday that also included the show's executive producers.   While executive producer Nigel Lythgoe insisted that the feuds were "genuine," and not manufactured for press reasons, Mariah labeled them "a distraction."

"The fighting is what it is," Mariah told reporters.  "This is American Idol.  It's bigger than all that. It's bigger than some stupid, you know, trumped up thing.  I think that it's about the next huge talent, superstar that will come from this show."  Calling the reports of her and Nicki's fight "convoluted," the exasperated diva said, "You know what it is?  It's a distraction from the show and it's a distraction from the contestants and I think it's, like, unfair to them."

"We're professionals," added Nicki. "Have you ever had an argument with someone you worked with?"

"This is a very passionate panel," Mariah continued.  "I think there are a lot of strong personalities and, starting this process, I felt like it was a possibility that there could be...differences of opinions.  But one thing I think is great is's such a diverse group of people."

In fact, American Idol executive producer Trish Kinane said that was exactly what they were going for when they cast the judges, because the audience demanded it.  

"One of the things they told us that was that on the judging panel, they wanted people who were experts in their own right, they had talent and they had a right to be here and they also told us that they wanted honesty," Kinane told reporters.  "We very much took that into consideration when we were talking to Mariah and Nicki and Keith [Urban] and Randy [Jackson], and I think we've got it.  You know, they're not shrinking violets.  They say what they think and we encourage that."

Meanwhile, one reporter attempted to force Nicki and Mariah to get along by asking each to say something nice about the other.  "I say nice things about Mariah all the time," retorted Nicki, "and I even tell her all the time how much of a fan I am of her.  She's one of my favorite artists of all times."

She added, "I think she's really shaped a generation of singers and to be on a panel with's kind of crazy, because, all these singers that come in, they aspire to be a Mariah Carey in terms of their talent...and so I feel excited to see them see someone who they look up to so much, and to be given a chance to sing in front of her, and hear her critique."

Mariah said Nicki's comments were "a very sweet thing to say."  As for her "nice thing" about Nicki, Mariah recalled working with the rapper early on in her career, on a remix of Mariah's song "Up Out My Face."  She told reporters, "I did feel that she was going to go very far, and still have that feeling, and am grateful for anything nice that she or anyone were to say about me."

But leave it to Nicki to get the biggest laugh.  When when reporter asked how Mariah and Nicki managed to bury the hatchet, Nicki said, "I put out my sex tape."  As the flustered reporter replied, "You did what?" and everyone cracked up, Nicki repeated, "I put out my sex tape.  I'm serious.  You didn't see it?"

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"American Idol" Judge Mariah Carey Says She Would Have "Hated" Being a Contestant; Nicki Minaj Claims All Judges Now Have 'Great Chemistry'

Steve Mack/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Back when Mariah Carey first got into the game, there were no music reality shows around to help her get her big break.  But the American Idol judge says even if there were, she wouldn't necessarily have wanted to try out for one.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mariah told reporters while on a break from taping American Idol's new season that she's "glad" she didn't "do a show like this" back in the day.  "I would've hated it!" she says of the experience of being judged.

She added, "I learned on stage how to perform, and what I realized is the best advice for [the contestants] is to just be themselves, because that’s what really sells now."  Describing her judging style, Mariah says she thinks of herself as "more of a fairy godmother” than a judge.  She explains, "I try to speak frankly but as kind as possible.  But not sugar-coating ... that won’t do anyone any good."

Mariah also admits that she, "had my own kind of reservations" about whether or not she should even join the Idol team.  "I didn't know how I would adapt to this situation," she says.  But her husband Nick Cannon convinced her to do it and now, she says, "It’s great to be here."

But what about that much-hyped feud with fellow judge Nicki Minaj?  According to People magazine, at the same event, Nicki told reporters that it's all good now.  "We've jelled really, really well as a group," the rapper claimed. "We have a great chemistry.  We have a great rhythm now together, and we really are taking it serious."

Mariah, however, doesn't seem to agree with the whole "great chemistry" thing.  People reports that when she was asked what Nicki brings to the show, she smiled and said, "You know, I wouldn't feel comfortable commenting on that.  But thank you for the question."

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Mariah, Nicki and Keith's "American Idol" Debut Set for January 16

Michael Becker/FOX(NEW YORK) -- The revamped American Idol will make its debut Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

Fox has announced that the 12th season of the music competition, featuring Randy Jackson plus new judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, will have a two-night premiere on Jan. 16 and 17.

The Kevin Bacon thriller The Following will debut on Fox on Monday, Jan. 21.  He plays an ex-FBI agent who comes out of retirement to search for a serial killer.

The second season of the Kiefer Sutherland drama Touch will begin Friday, Feb. 1.

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Stevie Nicks Apologizes for Comments on Nicki Minaj

Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Stevie Nicks has apologized for her remarks about strangling Nicki Minaj had she been in Mariah Carey’s shoes during their taped altercation last week.

American Idol judge Carey seems to have taken the high road in her much-hyped “feud” with fellow new judge Minaj. The tiff involved Minaj’s cursing at Carey and, according to Carey, threatening her.

During a recent promotional interview, Nicks said that had she been in a similar situation, she would have responded with violence.

Speaking to The Daily while promoting her new documentary, In Your Dreams, Stevie Nicks said, “How dare this little girl. … If I had been Mariah, I would have walked over to Nicki and strangled her to death right there.”

Nicks, 64, who got rave reviews as a mentor on American Idol last season, added, “I would have killed her in front of all those people and had to go to jail for it.”

Nicks Wednesday issued a statement saying she regrets her remarks.

“I want to apologize for my remarks about Nicki Minaj’s behavior toward Mariah Carey, which I said during a long and exhausting day of interviews,” Nicks said. “It was very out of character for me and I deeply regret what I said."

“I feel very protective toward Mariah Carey, who has gone through many difficulties in her life, and I spoke without thinking. I think all artists should be respectful toward one another and that includes me. I am truly sorry,” she said.

The taped incident, in which Minaj is seen screaming and swearing at Carey, hasn’t soured Nicks on the concept of American Idol, however.

She tells The Daily that if she and [fellow Fleetwood Mac member] Lindsey Buckingham were starting out today, they would “absolutely” have auditioned for the show, or The Voice or The X Factor, for that matter. But Buckingham, she said, would have probably resisted.

“I would have had to drag [him] kicking and screaming,” she said. “He probably would have given them the finger.”

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Mariah Carey-Nicki Minjaj Fight a Publicity Stunt?

Michael Becker/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- The much-publicized spat between American Idol stars Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj may have all been a publicity stunt.

The Hollywood Reporter quotes a source saying, “The Mariah-Nicki diva battle is exactly what Fox executives wanted all along,” suggesting the two women were in on the joke.  “No one's really worried.  They know the parts they’re supposed to play.”

However, another insider claims "Nicki went off and threatened Mariah."

There was no encore between the two on Wednesday, according to  The website's sources say Carey and Minaj acted in a civil manner towards one another during another day of auditions in Charlotte, N.C.

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Heated Nicki-Mariah Argument on "American Idol" Set Caught on Tape

Brad Barket/PictureGroup(LOS ANGELES) -- Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have downplayed rumors that they haven't been getting along on the American Idol set.  But has posted video that strongly suggests the two aren't exactly the best of friends.

The video, shot during Idol auditions in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, depicts an irate Minaj bickering with Carey. 

Minaj is seen complaining, "I told them, I'm not f***in' putting up with her f***in' highness over there."

According to TMZ, there was another moment not captured on tape when Minaj threatened to "knock out" Carey.

The website is reporting that Minaj walked off the set because Carey "kept making jabs at her" and cursing at her.  Things got so out of hand that producers ended auditions for the day, according to

TMZ says the war of words stemmed from a disagreement over a contestant's performance.

Carey on Tuesday evening tweeted, "whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy," but it's unclear if she was referring to the incident.

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