Nicki Minaj. Picture: Getty Images

She's been known for her bitter spats on the set of American Idol with fellow judge Mariah Carey but outspoken Nicki Minaj has described Australia's Keith Urban as "perfect".

Urban, who defected from Nine's smash-hit singing show The Voice to join Idol's judging panel alongside fellow newbies Minaj and Carey, has been caught in the midst of the two divas' disagreements, one of which recently surfaced on gossip sites.

"He's very handsome and he's very sweet and he is very respectful to his wife (Nicole Kidman)," Minaj said of Urban, also adding that he is "calming".

Speaking about Carey, Minaj said she was surprised they did not get along.

The West Australian

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