While all of the talk surrounding the forthcoming, new season of American Idol has been about the feud between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, many have forgotten that Keith Urban has also joined the judges panel. Keith has now opened up about the drama between his fellow judges, saying that they are all adjusting to their new surroundings but are learning to get along.
When asked by PEOPLE how he copes with the big personalities on the show, Urban joked, “Yeah, yeah, Randy [Jackson] and Ryan [Seacrest] are huge personalities. I do my best to keep them civil. Oh, and Mariah and Nicki are in there, too.”
He added, “First of all, it's four passionate people who really care about the artists. Secondly, it's four people who just got thrown onto a dance floor without any sort of choreography and were told 'dance together.' So some toes get stepped on – and we're figuring it out.”
Keith continued, “Listen, since this show started there have been very different, distinct personalities," he says. "It's always been a very happy, funny, dysfunctional family.”
The new season of American Idol is set to premiere on Fox on January 16.