American Idol

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Kiara Lanier -- who sang for Obama -- and Mackenzie Wasner star on 'American Idol'

Mackenzie Wasner is up first as “American Idol” brings its auditions to Chicago; her dad plays piano and keyboard for Vince Gill. Singing Gill's “Whenever You Come Around" -- has a good voice, seems like a nice person too.

“I loved her voice and I think she's beautiful,“ says Mariah Carey.

Nicki Minaj says “someone like you walks into the room once every few years.“ Off she goes to Hollywood; Minaj says afterward, “that gave me chills.“

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Kiara Lanier next; she sang for President Barack Obama at his birthday fundraiser, she says. She gushes over Mariah Carey then says she's singing Celine Dion's “The Prayer.“ Pure voice, with some nice emotion.

“Wow” says Randy Jackson and the other judges, with Minaj saying “you have so much control.“

Keith Urban agrees, adds, “you look right, like a star.“ Off to Hollywood for her, too; looking forward to seeing more of Lanier, she definitely has star quality.

Stephanie Schimel follows, doing “Dream A Little Dream,“ in a breathy, Marilyn Monroeish voice; interesting, but not great for me.

“Like a Carrie Underwood-Gwen Stefani blend,“ says Urban. Minaj “wasn't wowed,“ says “nothing jumped out at me.“  She gets a yes from everyone but Minaj, and is on to Hollywood.

Afterward Minaj and Carey are talking over each other; I guess the beginnings of the feud we've seen all the promos for. Fox strings together a few clips of them sniping a bit at each other, with Urban adding, “I feel like a scratching post.“

It doesn't seem that serious to me, just some random trash talking, with lots of odd smiles thrown in.

Awkward Melissa Bush shows up to finish off the segment, sings “Downtown” sincerely but not well.

Tags: Mackenzie Wasner , American Idol , Chicago auditions , Nicki Minaj , Mariah Carey , Keith Urban , Randy Jackson

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