September 14th, 2012
04:12 PM ET
Katie Couric appeared to have some insider knowledge Friday as she asked former "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez what she thought of the new "Idol" lineup.
Lopez, who announced she was departing the show over the summer, wasn't aware of what Couric was referring to, as the new daytime host hedged that she thought Fox had announced the new judges to be Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and the previously announced judge Mariah Carey.
Urban said in a statement to CNN Thursday that he's been "so fortunate" to have worked on the show and would love to do it again, but couldn't because of "the recording and promoting of a new album, a tour and other commitments."
If those "other commitments" do happen to include an "Idol" job, then Urban has Lopez's approval, at least.
"That's an eclectic group," said Lopez, who was particularly happy to hear Couric tell her that Randy Jackson would stay on. "They all have something different to offer, so it should be interesting."
It should be interesting indeed ... if it happens. The only new "Idol" judge that's been formally announced since Steven Tyler and Lopez departed is Mariah Carey.
Lopez, meanwhile, is looking forward to having the time to take on more projects.
"At the end of the day," she told Couric, "I'm not a judge, I'm a performer."
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