Much fuss has been made of the pre-season feuding between American Idol judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.
But during a recent media call, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe was quick to say no one should assume Keith Urban is going to take everything lying down. In fact, he admits that the seemingly shy judge, who Nigel referred to as a “scratching post between Mariah and Nicki,” does a little verbal sparring, himself:

“He’s had rows with Mariah, Randy and Nicki a big one with Nicki, in truth.”

Nigel goes on to call all the judges “very passionate” and “competitive,” but he seemed to be making a point that Keith might not be the pushover people expect. As he put it, “When it’s his turn to speak, he gives his mind and he won’t put up with anyone else knocking a kid down.”

Seeing the dynamic between these powerhouse judges is definitely a big draw this year. What are you most excited about for this season of American Idol?