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"I love it ... I love working with passionate people," Keith told "Extra" in regards to outburst. "I love artists. Everyone just sort of expressing themselves. It's a very alive and very invigorating work environment. A lot of passion."
"Randy [Jackson] is the craziest, so you know unpredictable," the 44-year-old joked.
The argument between the two songstresses appears to continue to brew, as Mariah revealed she hired extra security after feeling unsafe following an alleged threat from Nicki. The rapper reportedly said, "If I had a gun, I would shoot that b----," referring to the pop singer.
Nicki refuted the charge, and responded with a tweet yesterday (Oct. 4) saying, "All I do is compliment u. That's not enuff? Ur a legend, cheer up. U don't have to run down ur resume or feel intimidated. Shady McGrady..."
However, the "For You" singer is confident, even as the only country star, that he'll be able to navigate the 'Idol' waters. "I know how to handle myself. I'll be just fine," he told Chicago radio station WUSN. "It's an unpredictable environment."
Keith is putting the finishing touches on his upcoming album while he travels the country for the "Idol" auditions.