TV tonight: Nicki Minaj calls Mariah Carey ‘sir’ on ‘American Idol’

Five women are this season’s ‘American Idol’ finalists

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WASHINGTON, April 18, 2013 —Last night “American Idol” showed just a peek of its former greatness, and not a moment too soon. In a ratings freefall so far this year, the last two weeks “Idol” has posted modest gains in viewer numbers as the 2013 season edges closer to its finale.

Known for promoting “white guys with guitars,” (WGWG) in previous seasons, this year’s five finalists are all women. Better yet, the five female contestants are finally showing signs of real talent.

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Amongst last night’s excellent performances was contestant Angie Miller’s rendition of The Pretenders “I’ll Stand By You,” which she dedicated to her hometown Boston. It was a memorable performance, and more than a little emotional in light of recent events.

But, the diva battle heated up again last night when Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey disagreed over Kree Harrison’s performance of The Black Crowes’ “She Talks To Angels.” After a little back and forth, Minaj told Carey to “simmer down, sir.”

It was a rude comment, but hilarious in light of the two judges’ ongoing battle. Social networking grabbed the comment and ran with it; not an entirely bad thing in light of Idol’s dismal season. It may not have been the pinnacle of eloquence, but at least Minaj’s comment had people talking and watching.

However, the night was not without redemption. Minaj managed to pay Carey a compliment on her Whitney Houston “When You Believe” collaboration.

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 “I have to say, I remember having nothing and locking myself in my room crying watching that video because I believed every word. That kind of collaboration has never happened since,” Minaj said.

Considering their ongoing rivalry, this was quite an olive branch for Minaj to extend to Carey, and her timing could not have been better. To acknowledge Carey as the incredible talent that she is was one of Minaj’s best “Idol” moments so far this season.

That said, the battle of “old school” versus “new school” represented by the rivalry between Carey and Minaj may be the juiciest back story of the entire season.

Some critics are quick to blame Minaj for “American Idol’s” slide in the ratings, but her young fans are quick to defend her. Although Minaj lacks a gentle touch at times, her judging comments are backed with a knowledge of the business and a successful careeer that is hard to deny.

More important to the aging “Idol” is Minaj’s current status as a female hip hop star. Her presence on the show brings a breath of much needed fresh air to the show, despite the controversy she has created.

TV programming embraced noteriety over fame a long time ago, so it should come as no surprise if Minaj is back next season. Now if we can just get her to stop looking at her phone, “American Idol” may be worth saving afterall. Meanwhile, tonight’s cat fight continues at 8 p.m. on FOX.

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: Wife Swap: (New) A fitness fanatic and workaholic from San Diego swaps lives with an Italian mother from New Jersey who likes to spoil her family.

CBS: The Big Bang Theory: (Repeat) Sheldon earns a date with the Employee Relations Department when he gets accused of sexual harassment, and it looks like Leonard, Raj and Howard may go down with him.

FOX: American Idol: (Live) The Top 5 finalists compete.

NBC: Community: (New) Jeff’s holiday party goes south when Annie secretly invites Professor Cornwallis. Malcolm McDowell guest stars!

CW: The Vampire Diaries: (New) After making a decision that infuriates Klaus, Elijah proposes a life-changing challenge for Rebekah. Caroline finds that her carefully laid plans for the perfect Senior Prom night are disrupted by Elena, so she turns to an amused Klaus for a solution.

8:30 p.m.

CBS: Two and a Half Men: (Repeat) Lyndsey’s breakup with Alan leaves him crushed, so Walden tries to lift his spirits and help him get back on his feet.

NBC: The Office: (Repeat) In the ninth and final season opener, two young employees arrive, but the staffers label them as new versions of Jim and Dwight. Meanwhile, Andy returns from leadership training and targets Nellie for revenge; Oscar mulls over adopting Angela’s cat; and Kevin saves a turtle.

9 p.m.

ABC: Grey’s Anatomy: (Repeat) More positive changes are made by the hospital’s new management; Meredith worries about her unborn baby; Alex decides to give Jo’s boyfriend a run for his money.

CBS: The Big Bang Theory: (Repeat) Sheldon uncovers a secret about Penny and Leonard; and in space, the other astronauts are having a high time picking on Howard.

FOX: Glee: (New) The members of New Directions prepare for the regionals competition, which has a “Dreams” theme. Elsewhere, Rachel auditions for a Broadway revival of “Funny Girl.”

NBC: Parks and Recreation: (New) Leslie’s latest goal is to get rid of laws that no longer make sense, while April and Ron receive management training from Chris. Elsewhere, Ben finds himself in a bidding war against Ann to win a present for Leslie.

CW: Beauty and the Beast: (New) Evan (Max Brown) confesses his love to Cat (Kristin Kreuk) and admits that he tipped off Muirfield to Vincent’s (Jay Ryan) whereabouts. Meanwhile, Gabe (Sendhil Ramamurthy) finds evidence that someone in the department is a mole who was working with the vigilante.

9:30 p.m.

CBS: 2 Broke Girls: (Repeat) Max offers to make Sophie a silent partner in the cupcake shop, but Sophie and Caroline have very different visions for the company.

NBC: Parks and Recreation: (New) Leslie wants to do something special to celebrate Jerry’s retirement; at the same time, Chris and Ann prepare to have a baby together; and Tom worries about how Jerry’s departure will affect him.

10 p.m.

ABC: Scandal: (Repeat) Fitz’s pick for Supreme Court Justice is caught in an affair with Olivia’s new high-powered client (Lisa Edelstein); Olivia and Jake continue to flirt.

CBS: Person of Interest: (Repeat) Reese takes on an undercover assignment in a suburban neighborhood.

NBC: Hannibal: (New) At Hannibal’s urging, Jack takes serial killer Garret Jacob Hobbs’ daughter to the scene of some of her father’s most dastardly deeds.

Basic cable:

New episodes of:

The First 48 at 9 p.m. on A&E

Swamp People at 9 p.m. on History Channel

How it’s Made at 9 p.m. on SCI

Mysteries at the Museum at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Auction Kings at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on DSC

America’s Worst Tattoos at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on TLC

Anger Management at 9 and 9:30 p.m. on FX

The Killer Speaks at 10 p.m. on A&E

Swamp Wars at 10 p.m. on Animal Planet

Tabatha Takes Over at 10 p.m. on BRAVO

Chef Wanted With Anne Burrell at 10 p.m. on Food Channel

House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV

Inside Waco at 10 p.m. on ID

New York Ink at 10 p.m. on TLC

The Moment at 10 p.m. on USA

Chasing Tail at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on History Channel

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

The Smurfs on ENC

The Pianist on FLIX

The Campaign on HBO

Man on a Ledge on SHO

Carousel on TCM

War Horse on TMC

Later tonight:

Bridesmaids Unrated at 9 p.m. on MOMAX

Fright Night at 9:30 p.m. on SHO

Silent Hill at 9:45 p.m. on IFC

Freaky Friday at 9:45 p.m. on ENC

Dark Shadows at 10 p.m. on CINEMAX

The Hangover Part II at 10 p.m. on HBO

Zodiac at 10:30 p.m. on FMC

My Left Foot at 10:30 p.m. on FLIX

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