Obama comments on Carey-Minaj row
Barack Obama has weighed in on the row between American Idol judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, saying he is "confident" they will be able to sort it out.
Footage recently emerged online of new panellists Mariah and Nicki clashing during auditions and Mariah accused Nicki of threatening to shoot her during a row, which the Starships singer later appeared to deny in a tweet.
During a recent interview, the US President commented on the feud when he was asked if he'd be able to put his diplomacy skills to work on Idol, reports Us Weekly.
He told American radio personality DJ Michael Yo: "I think they are going to be able to sort it out, I am confident.
"I'm all about bringing people together, working for the same cause. I think both outstanding artists are going to be able to make sure that they're moving forward and not going backwards."
He went on: "Mariah, she's done some events for us, I've gotten to know [her] and [husband] Nick [Cannon] and she's a wonderful lady. Nicki, I don't know, but I've got her on my iPod."
Singers Mariah and Nicki apparently fell out earlier this month, and the feud became public when it was reported that Nicki had threatened Mariah.
Nicki then tweeted: "Ironically no camera or mic heard the gun comment tho... Not even the producers believed u."