Country singer Keith Urban is heading back to the hit singing competition American Idol as a judge!
The Somebody Like You singer is the first judge to be announced by executives at Fox for the upcoming season 13. He will be the only returning judge from season 12 following the departures of Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson earlier this summer.
Announcing the news on Thursday, Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly says, “The fans really liked him. Keith is a really funny guy. You could see how much he loved the show.”
As to whether or not Jennifer Lopez will be returning, we’ve heard that she is in negotiations. Of that, Reilly said, “Jennifer has been a close part of the show all along. Obviously, she’s even been on it since she left the panel, so there have been discussions there. There is no deal with her.”
He added, “We want judges that are good at the job, that people like and refocus our attention on the contestants. I think even our own marketing maybe skewed that a little. It really became too much about the judges.”