On last night's American Idol, Mariah Carey's irrepressible eccentricity once again took a starring role. She asked a guy with a stutter (in a segment that played my emotions like a harp), "Tell me about the way you speak — is that someone thing you're working on, or...?" She told a young woman, "I know what it's like to sing through tears." She reported that Mariah is "the 62nd most popular name," and you know she takes all credit for that. She said, "Cool beans...salad."

She also, of course, bickered with her on-screen rival Nicki Minaj, referring to the pop star/rapper at one point as "Missy." Heh. The also bonded over Another Bad Creation's "Iesha." I feel like their ultimately playful squabbling couldn't be done if they didn't actually like each other. Strange relationship. Developing...