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Keith Urban Will Return as 'Idol' Judge

August 6, 2013
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Keith Urban (photo: jeaneeem, Creative Commons)

Keith Urban is coming back to "American Idol."

Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly on Thursday confirmed the return of the country music star, settling the fate of the only judge left from last season.

"He did a really good job last year," Reilly said to a gathering of the Television Critics Association. "The fans really like him."

Reilly said Keith Urban didn't have a chance to show his personality and was routinely overshadowed by bickering between fellow judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. Their departures, along with that of Randy Jackson, were announced weeks ago, a response to the show's faltering ratings.

But Reilly was mum on who would sit beside Keith Urban at the judges' table next season, which begins in January. Reilly said there have been discussions with Jennifer Lopez, a former judge, "but there is no deal with her or with anyone else."

"Idol" is seeking judges who make the show comfortable for viewers, Reilly said. There will be a renewed emphasis on the contestants.

"The show always has been about the contestants," he said.

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Source: Copyright Virginian - Pilot 2013

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