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Keith Urban Is Returning To American Idol Season 13

Posted on August 1st, 2013 at 11:50 am
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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.

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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!

 

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    • Summer

      Congratulations Keith, Love you as a judge
      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 = $$$$$$!