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Keith Urban OFFICIALLY Returning To American Idol! Will J.Lo Really Come Back Too???

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Mariah CareyOUT!

Nicki MinajOUT!

Randy JacksonOUT!

Seacrest…well, he's actually in. And now, so is Keith Urban!

The Australian country crooner will be back as a judge on American Idol next season! The official announcement came from Fox chairman Kevin Reilly today, who said of Keith's first year on the show:

"[He] did a great job last year. The fans really liked him. I think with a new panel, you're going to see Keith's a really funny guy. I think he didn't get to really let his personality show."

How could he with all the cat-fighting going on around him?!?

There are a few more seats at the judge's table that have yet to be filled though, but early reports are that Jennifer Lopez is negotiating her deal to return to American Idol after stepping down last year!

Reilly revealed that she is indeed working toward finalizing a contract with the network, saying:

"Jennifer has been a close part of the show for a long [time], obviously she's even been on it since she left the panel. So, there have been discussions there."

Also said to be returning to the show is former contestant, Jennifer Hudson! One original idea even had an all alumni judges panel with J-Hud, Adam Lambert and Kelly Clarkson, but those plans fell through after Kelly backed out.

Now, insiders say even will.i.am is strongly being considered for a spot on the reality series.

So many names, so few Coca-Cola cups!

Regardless of who ends up where, Reilly assures fans that next season will focus more about the singers on stage! Not the ones being paid for their opinions! Kevin said:

"The main thing we're doing this year is we want some judges in that are good at the job, that people like and refocus our attention on the contestants. It really became too much about the judges. We want some comfortable judges that make for good, fun, comfortable viewing experience and let's really focus on those great stories with the kids."


In order for this show to keep succeeding, it's GOT to be about the music!

Season 13 of American Idol kicks off on January 15, 2014!!!


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11 comments to “Keith Urban OFFICIALLY Returning To American Idol! Will J.Lo Really Come Back Too???”

  1. 1

    you gotta have the boring demographic in there somehow. Plus the suburban wannabe country sell outs & soccer mom van music faves.

  2. 2

    they say more focus on contestants??? thats laughable with jlo she had to have all the attention on her no matter what, her always trying to be cutsie with her "goosies" she made me sick, plus i think she performed more then the contestants did, they are nailing the final nails in the coffin

  3. Maria says – reply to this


    I liked Keith. I think he did a good job as a judge. Glad he is coming back.

  4. 4

    Who cares, is anyone watching this piece of crap anymore?

  5. Summer says – reply to this


    IDOL made a HUGE mistake by not hiring Adam Lambert to judge. Who better to judge then the ONE and ONLY contestant who single handedly turned Idol upside down with his Jaw-Dropping Voice, Mesmerizing Unsurpassed Creative Performances, Chic A' La Mode Style and Charisma week after week. Adam is what American Idol was created for..To find that DIAMOND, and they did in Adam Lambert..and they have been looking for him again every year, and have not even come close to Adam's Exhilarating Talent. So who better to JUDGE? Adam was the creative genius behind all of his performances and Vocal arrangements. He would bring to the panel everything it has been lacking for years, plus his creative knowledge to truly help an up and coming star bring out the best they have.
    They missed out and what's worse…as a business, Idol LOST out on a HUGE RATINGS BOOST, which = $$$$$$!

  6. 6

    Re: Maria – i liked keith too its jlo that i am talking about

  7. 7

    Re: Summer – i agree with you Adam would have made an excellent judge, he is very articulate, witty, knowledgeable and best of all honest without being cruel, and in watching him doing duets its obvious he doesnt think everything is all about him!!

  8. teeter totter says – reply to this


    I like his music a lot.

  9. Bevi says – reply to this


    Whine…. I don't want Jennifer Lopez, I want Adam Lambert. No to J-Lo!

  10. Dave says – reply to this


    So what Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly is saying we may have been a little guilty” of focusing more attention on the celebrity judges the last few seasons, , He also said the network’s and the producers’ real goal for the upcoming season is to “refocus the show on the contestants.” So he really talking about is there trying to avoid bringing on another judge like JLo , because they know Jlo used Idol to enhanced her career, so they really have no interest in her, its Jlo and her management that are spreading rumors of her signing on with Idol, she did the same thing with the other music show “The Voice” and they rejected her completely, and she kept on spreading rumors and trying to make as much money as she can off this story until Idol does announce who will be judge the next season of American Idol

  11. Joni says – reply to this


    Jennifer may be able to sing but she has no personality at all, really boring. Keith is great, greatest judge they have had for years. They need a judge that likes to have a little fun, someone like Keith.