Keith Urban: I’m the United Nations in Nicki Minaj & Mariah Carey’s American Idol Feud

10/04/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET

Keith Urban seems like a pretty chill dude – and he had to be on Tuesday, when his fellow American Idol judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey had a heated exchange on set in Charlotte, N.C.

“I was the UN,” he joked to Extra on Wednesday at the New York Film Festival premiere of Paperboy, which stars his wife, Nicole Kidman.

The country singer, 44, was “Switzerland” during the incident, Kidman added with a laugh.

Urban put a positive spin on what was clearly an intense confrontation, saying it’s good to have people who care deeply about what they’re working on.

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