No drama here – well, at least not yet!
Though Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj were just confirmed to be judges on American Idol‘s upcoming 12th season alongside Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson, the Internet is already abuzz with rumors of an on-set feud. Too many divas on the panel, perhaps?
“How can we feud in two days? I think a feud takes a little longer,” Carey, who confirmed her participation on the show in July, told reporters at a press conference in New York on Monday, shooting down rumors of discord.
For her part, Minaj says she’s just happy to be there, telling reporters, “It’s wonderful, darling,” when asked how she liked being on the show so far.
Added Jackson: “We’re having fun, dude. We’ve been having a good time. There has been a lot of laughs.”
“It’s music,” said Carey. “It’s singing. It’s laughter.”
If anything, the talent suggested (jokingly), there could be simmering tensions between longtime host Ryan Seacrest and veteran judge Jackson.
“Randy will not share his mirror, and I’ve never seen that side of him before,” quipped Seacrest, when asked who takes the longest to get ready. “It’s causing friction between you and I.”
A source close to production tells PEOPLE the three new judges are slowly but surely settling into their new roles.
On the first day of auditions in New York, one contestant drove Urban under the judges’ table, while Minaj has provided the comic relief, keeping the panel laughing with her bubbly personality, says the source.
Off-camera, Carey, who the source says has been spot-on with her contestant critiques so far, has herself been singing in the judges’ room.