updated 12/13/2012 AT 2:10 PM ET
•originally published 12/13/2012 AT 2:45 PM ET
Fans hoping to see new American Idol judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj battle it out in an epic feud may be disappointed. The new panelists, along with host Ryan Seacrest, took a break from filming Hollywood week to chat with the press on Wednesday, and by (almost) all accounts season 12 is steeped in mutual admiration, sunshine and rainbows.
Despite her and Carey’s heated exchange during auditions in Charlotte, N.C., Minaj had nothing but kind words for her fellow judges.
“We’ve jelled really, really well as a group,” she told reporters. “We have a great chemistry. We have a great rhythm now together, and we really are taking it serious. … We really are rooting for the contestants and we want to find a great American Idol.”
For Idol veteran Randy Jackson, that means he’ll play the hard-to-please role vacated by Simon Cowell.