"I think they are going to be able to sort it out, I am confident," Obama, 51, shared. "I'm all about bringing people together, working for the same cause. I think both outstanding artists are going to be able to make sure that they're moving forward and not going backwards."
Obama offered an equally politic response when asked which of the two pop icons is his favorite.
"Mariah, she's done some events for us, I've gotten to know [her] and [husband] Nick [Cannon] and she's a wonderful lady," he explained. "Nicki, I don't know, but I've got her on my iPod."
Though it's unlikely he'll offer up any other thoughts on the Idol situation, on Tuesday, POTUS will participate in the second presidential debate with Republican hopeful Mitt Romney, during a town hall-style meeting at Hofstra University on Long Island.