UPDATE: Keith himself confirmed the good news Thursday afternoon on Twitter, saying “thrilled to be back on
@AmericanIdol with my pal @RyanSeacrest and dying to know who the other judges will be!!!! -KU”
After a major shake-up on the American Idol judging panel following a disappointing season 12, one judge has been confirmed to be returning.
Fox TV announced Thursday that country singer Keith Urban will be the sole returning judge for the show’s upcoming season.
Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly made the announcement Thursday at the Television Critics Association meeting in LA. Shortly thereafter the show tweeted out the announcement: “Did you hear?! It’s confirmed:
@KeithUrban will be back at the judges table for American Idol XIII. We love you KU!”
Keith’s other panelists Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson all announced previously they wouldn’t be returning to the show. Reilly said Thursday that an all new judging panel would be joining Keith but did not confirm any names. Rumors are swirling that former judge Jennifer Lopez is likely returning to the panel and that former finalist Adam Lambert might be joining the judges table as well. Stay tuned!