OFFSTAGE: Keith Urban and Steven Tyler On Idol Feud

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At last week’s New York Film Festival premiere of Nicole Kidman’s new film, The Paperboy, Keith Urban was asked about the fight heard ’round the world when he was caught — literally — in the middle of a screaming matching between co-judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey at a recent American Idol audition. “I was the UN,” he laughed. But being the silver-lining kind of guy that he is, he explained why battles like that one make him love his new gig. “I love it. Look, I love working with passionate people. I love artists. I love everyone just sort of expressing themselves,” he said. “It’s a very alive and very invigorating work¬†environment. A lot of passion.” But former judge Steven Tyler weighed in on the fight, too . And I don’t think he and Urban necessarily see eye to eye. When he was asked if the fight was fake, Tyler just said, “Of course. Are you kidding?”

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