American Idol

Candice Glover won "American Idol" Season 12 over Kree Harrison as Psy, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, Adam Lambert and Aretha Franklin performed.


Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey: Dueling 'Idol' fashion styles

"American Idol" judges Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and

"American Idol" judges Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj on the judges' panel. (Sept. 18, 2012) (Credit: FOX)

Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey seemed far from BFF's on the “American Idol” Season 12 opener Wednesday night and their styles were polar opposite as well.

Minaj boasted her signature, cartoony look -- a kaleidoscope that included the cotton candy-clown wigs, bubble gum pink lips, sparkly eye shadow and the equally kooky ensembles, which in one case featured a feathered majorette hat.

Carey went more classic -- body hugging frocks -- one off the shoulder number -- and ample bling: a golden, cleavage-emphasizing lariat, branchy diamond earrings and matching necklace along with a fresh-faced natural make-up job, her hair worn long and loose.

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Neither of the judges was as high fashion as their predecessor Jennifer Lopez who regularly trotted out runway looks that had viewers swooning.

While the judges were an eyeful, the contestants weren’t particularly memorable, though leggy, hearing-impaired Angela Miller, in a mini LBD with lace shorts peeking out sure looked pretty. And then there was freaky Benjamin Gaisey, whose pelvic thrust stunned Minaj.  His red, plastic suit -- an old Halloween costume, he said -- squeaked with his every move.

As for the male judges, Keith Urban was classic country, ahhh, but his blue eyes were the ultimate accessory, and Randy Jackson was typical Randy Jackson. New for him? Facial hair. Will he keep it all season? Hoping not.

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