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Keith Urban has managed to keep his cool even as tempers flared during the taping of the upcoming season of American Idol - but he says tension between the judges is only natural. Asked about how he handles being between two big personalities on Idol - he literally sits between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj - the country star jokes, "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 said with a hearty laugh during an interview with People at the Television Critics Association event on Tuesday. »

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