Rumors that Keith Urban is in talks to join American Idol have heated up after the singer announced his departure from The Voice Australia.
“I’ve been so fortunate to have been a part of The Voice,” Urban told Australia’s Nine Network in a statement. “And as much as I’d love to do it again, it’s clear that the recording and promoting of a new album, a tour and other commitments will keep me from being a part of the second season.”
Urban has been the show’s coach since season 1 along with Seal, Delta Goodrem and Joel Madden. “To everyone who sang on the show, I thank you; you’ve inspired not just me, but countless others,” Urban added. “To everyone behind the scenes and to my on-camera family – [host] Darren [McMullen], Delta, Joel and Seal — thank you for making it so much fun.”
The announcement has fueled speculation that Urban will be joining Mariah Carey on Idol. Nicki Minaj has also been floated as a rumored judge on the show, as well as Kanye West.