‘American Idol’ Feud: Keith Urban Weighs in on Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey’s Fight

Crystal Bell / October 4, 2012

Have feuding American Idol judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj resolved their issues?

Auditions in Charlotte, N.C., resumed on Wednesday, following Tuesday’s big blowout between the two judges. Carey, 42, and Minaj, 29, reportedly disagreed on an Idol hopeful’s performance, and things got so heated, Minaj lashed out at Carey, shouting, “I told them I’m not f***ing putting up with her f***ing highness over there.”

Now fellow judge Keith Urban is weighing in on the onset antics. At the NY Film Festival premiere of The Paperboy, the country crooner told Extra he felt like “the UN,” to which wife (and Paperboy star) Nicole Kidman chimed in, calling him “Switzerland.”

What else did Urban have to say about the Idol blowout?

Urban, like Idol host Ryan Seacrest, believes that the judges’ differing opinions are a good thing for the Fox staple.

“I love it, I gotta say, look I love working with passionate people,” he said. “I love artists. Everyone just sort of expressing themselves. It’s a very alive and very invigorating work environment. A lot of passion. Randy is the craziest, so you know I’m predictable.”

Meanwhile, Seacrest described the heated exchange as “intense” on his radio show, On Air With Ryan Seacrest, before adding: “You know that when you put Nicki, Mariah and Keith together, you ‘re going to get different opinions — which is fantastic.”

However, Seacrest did agree that the sparring “did go too far” and eventually,  producers had to wrap production. Thankfully, the two dueling divas seemed put aside their differences on Wednesday. According to TMZ, Carey and Minaj kept things professional onset.

It seems like the judges are now focusing on what’s really important: Finding the next American Idol.

“Charlotte has been fun,” Minaj told Fox 8 on Wednesday. “We had a lot of laughs yesterday, found a lot of good voices and interesting new talent — a lot of country stars.”

“It’s going great,” said Carey. “I love it here. It’s so warm and nice.” When asked about the level of talent in Charlotte, Carey replied, “I think the talent has been really good. Like, exceptional.”