Posted: Aug 01, 2013
During the 2013 Summer TCA Press Tour on Monday, network boss Kevin Reilly confirmed the country megastar is in for season 13.
“I will confirm one thing: That Keith is going to return to the show,” he said (quote via E! News). “Keith did a great job last year, the fans really liked him. With a new panel, you are going to see that Keith is a really funny guy.”
Keith took to Twitter when the official word broke.
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) August 1, 2013
The announcement follows the exits of the remainder of the panel. Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have all announced they will not return.
Reilly also addressed rumors that season 10 and 11 judge Jennifer Lopez will be joining Keith.
“Jennifer has been a close part of the show all along…there have been discussions there,” he adds. “There is no deal with her or anyone else.”
As far as rumors Idol alums Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken could join the panel, Reilly only mentions the gig will go to judges “that are good at the job, that people like and that refocus the attention on the contestants.”
American Idol returns to FOX in January.