Was that Mariah Carey dissing Jennifer Lopez by not joining the other "American Idol" judges in a standing ovation for Lopez after she performed on the show Thursday night?

Probably.

Was that Mariah Carey, on the same show, lip-syncing to a medley of her hits?

Possibly.

Will Nicki Minaj be happy if Mariah Carey goes away and never speaks to her again?

Definitely.

Yes, "American Idol's" final week had all drama you'd expect when so many divas occupy the same room.

But enough about Ryan Seacrest. Lopez, who was a judge on the show last year, performed her dance hit "Live It Up," with lots of dance moves and an appearance by rapper Pitbull, according to Us Weekly.

Lopez and Carey have a history, going back to when Carey's ex-husband Tommy Mottola gave material originally meant for Carey to Lopez after Carey left his label. For weeks, rumors have circulated that Lopez was coming back to "American Idol," possibly to replace Carey.

So while the rest of the room stood and applauded, Carey remained in her seat, smiling and clapping, but apparently not willing to get up for Lopez.

Earlier, Carey performed a medley of her greatest hits, which didn't get anywhere near the reception Lopez's performance did.

Shortly after what Us Weekly called Carey's "stiff" performance, allegations of lip-syncing arose.


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"There are two type of artists Vocalists & performers," one fan tweeted. "If you're a vocalist, you should NOT lip-sync. Especially on the caliber of Mariah."

Lopez recently told TV Guide "I don't know," when asked whether she was coming back to the show. "When I say, 'I don't know,' people think, 'Oh, she's playing a game.' I'm not. If it became really real where I had to make a decision, I would have to sit down and really weigh out the options of what my life looks like in the next year to see if I would sign. Because it does take up a lot of time, and I do have a lot of other things going on that I'm super excited about," she continued. "So we'll see."

In other words, how many mansions can I buy with the paycheck?

Minaj has made it clear who she hopes Lopez would replace.

"All dem #1s but Jlo phone ringin?" Nicki Minaj tweeted on May 2, referring to Carey's diss that Minaj has never had a No.1 Billboard hit. "I guess having a personality, being a secure woman, and giving genuine critique still trumps that."

Us Weekly has reported that Minaj might be on her way out as well.

BEYONCE REPORTEDLY PREGNANT: Beyoncé is pregnant, according to E! News, citing "multiple" sources.

Right -- she obviously has that "glow." Or maybe she just has that glow because she knows she's Beyoncé.

Speculation has run rampant the past few weeks that Jay-Z's wife, already a mother to their toddler daughter Blue Ivy, was expecting again. Rumors started when she walked the red carpet at the Met Gala wearing a custom-made Givenchy gown concealing her stomach and making any baby bump indiscernible.

Then she canceled a Tuesday performance in Antwerp, Belgium, after her doctors advised her to rest "as a result of dehydration and exhaustion."

The 31-year-old recently told ABC News she "would like more children" and said she thinks her daughter "needs some company."

Can't they buy her a friend or something?

E! News couldn't reach Beyoncé's rep for comment, and Jay-Z's person declined to comment.

GEORGE MICHAEL IN CAR CRASH: George Michael was airlifted to a hospital in England on Thursday after suffering a head injury in a single-car accident, according to TMZ.

The singer's spokesman told the website Michael was riding in a Range Rover around 5:50 p.m. when it crashed on the M1 motorway.

The cause of the accident wasn't clear. No other vehicles were reportedly involved and the driver of the SUV wasn't identified.

A spokesman for the emergency response crew released a statement saying, "(Michael) sustained a head injury and following treatment, stabilization and immobilization by land and air ambulance crews, he was flown to the hospital for further care."

Michael's spokesman said he only received "superficial cuts" and was doing fine.

Michael has had a history of driving under the influence of various substances. He was banned from driving for two years in 2006 after he was discovered unconscious in his Mercedes in London and subsequently convicted of driving while high on drugs.

JUSTIN BIEBER OWES BIG FOR HIS MONKEY: Justin Bieber isn't quite done getting the monkey off his back.

Thanks -- I thought that up all by myself.

German customs officials say Bieber owes them thousands of euros for the care of his pet capuchin monkey that a German animal shelter has cared for the past two months, after customs officials seized the animal because Bieber didn't have the proper papers to bring it into the country.

That must've come as a shock to the monkey.

Thanks again. I'll be here all week.

According to the Guardian, Bieber -- whose people informed German customs that Bieber no longer wants the monkey -- has until midnight Friday to contact them, otherwise Mally the monkey becomes "property of the state" and would be transferred to a permanent home, zoo or animal park in Germany.

Uh ... didn't he already say he said he doesn't want the monkey?

Mally was seized March 28 when 19-year-old Bieber couldn't produce vaccination and import papers after landing in Munich on a private jet while on tour. Mally was quarantined and cared for at the city's animal shelter. Manager Karl Heinz Joachim said Mally, now 20 weeks old, has done well and gained weight.

Shelter officials criticized Bieber for keeping such a young monkey as a pet. They said the animal shouldn't have been taken away from its mother until it was at least a year old. Capuchin monkeys are very social animals and need to be kept in groups, the experts said.

This is where I don't make a "Hey hey, we're the Monkees" joke.

"The best thing would be not to buy one at all, but if you do, buy five," said Joachim.

He said, even though Bieber's manager has said he doesn't want the monkey, the final decision would have to be made by German authorities.

What are they going to do -- mail it back to him?

"Our contact is the person that the monkey belongs to," said Munich customs spokesman Thomas Meister. "We've had contact with lots of people but none of them was an authorized representative."

Meister said Bieber owes them money.

"You can bet we are going to ask for that money back," he said.

Contact Tony Hicks at Facebook.com/BayAreaNewsGroup.TonyHicks or Twitter.com/insertfoot.

MAY 18 IN HISTORY

Saturday is May 18, the 138th day of 2013. There are 227 days left in the year.

1642: The Canadian city of Montreal was founded by French colonists.

1765: About one-fourth of Montreal was destroyed by a fire.

1863: The Siege of Vicksburg began during the Civil War, ending July 4 with a Union victory.

1896: The Supreme Court, in Plessy v. Ferguson, endorsed "separate but equal" racial segregation, a concept renounced 58 years later in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.

1910: Halley's comet passed by earth, brushing it with its tail.

1926: Evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson vanished while visiting a beach in Venice, Calif. (McPherson reappeared more than a month later, saying she'd escaped after being kidnapped and held for ransom.)

1933: President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure creating the Tennessee Valley Authority.

1944: During World War II, Allied forces finally occupied Monte Cassino in Italy after a four-month struggle with Axis troops.

1953: Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier as she piloted a Canadair F-86 Sabre jet over Rogers Dry Lake, Calif.

1969: Astronauts Eugene A. Cernan, Thomas P. Stafford and John W. Young blasted off aboard Apollo 10 on a mission to orbit the moon.

1973: Harvard law professor Archibald Cox was appointed Watergate special prosecutor by U.S. Attorney General Elliot Richardson.

1980: The Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state exploded, leaving 57 people dead or missing.

1991: Helen Sharman became the first Briton to rocket into space as she flew aboard a Soviet Soyuz spacecraft with two cosmonauts on an eight-day mission to the Mir space station.

2003: A Hamas suicide attacker disguised as an observant Jew killed seven Israeli bus passengers. Pope John Paul II celebrated his 83rd birthday with an open-air Mass and requests for prayers so he could continue his papacy. "Les Miserables" closed on Broadway after more than 16 years and 6,680 performances. 2012: Social network Facebook made its trading debut with one of the most highly anticipated IPOs in Wall Street history; however, by day's end, Facebook stock closed up only 23 cents from its initial pricing of $38. In his first meeting with President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande declared he would withdraw all French combat troops from Afghanistan by year's end. The Olympic flame arrived in Britain, the country hosting the 2012 Olympics.

BIRTHDAYS

Actor Bill Macy (91), sportscaster Jack Whitaker (89), baseball great Brooks Robinson (76), baseball great Reggie Jackson (67), rock musician Rick Wakeman (Yes) (64), country singer George Strait (61), actor Chow Yun-Fat (58), rock singer Page Hamilton (53), comedian Tina Fey (43), rock singer Jack Johnson (38), actor Allen Leech (TV: "Downton Abbey") (32).

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