Keith Urban's sticking with 'Idol'
August 1st, 2013
05:26 PM ET

Keith Urban's sticking with 'Idol'

"American Idol" producers won't have to start from scratch when they staff up for season 13.

Although Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have all departed the "Idol" judges' table, Keith Urban has signed on for another round.

The Fox singing competition confirmed Thursday that Urban will be one of the faces greeting "Idol" hopefuls at auditions in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Detroit, Omaha, Salt Lake City and San Francisco.

It's not known who will join the country star, as he's pretty much the only person left, aside from host Ryan Seacrest. (Even longtime producer Nigel Lythgoe has parted ways with the series.)

There have been plenty of rumors that the "Idol" team is hoping to get Jennifer Lopez to return to her former position as a judge, and People magazine reports that it's a possibility.
A source said to be "very near" to Lopez claims that she's "very close to signing a deal with Fox to return to 'American Idol' next season."

But even if Lopez does come back, that still leaves two empty seats on the panel. Who else should the beleaguered show tap to join Urban, and do you think they should go back to a three-person set-up?

Filed under: American Idol 2013 • television

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    August 5, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. the blood

    Can someone please make this show go away? And take that other dinosaur "Survivor" along with you. Reality TV sucks

    August 5, 2013 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Wax

    like who announces that.

    August 4, 2013 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. M.A.P.

    Courtney Love, Courtney Love, Courtney Love!!!!!!

    August 3, 2013 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      ...or Robin Thicke!

      I'd really like to know how he got the name "THICKE!"

      August 3, 2013 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Robin Thicke got the name from his increadibly thick skull, MR Impersonator. I assume you enjoy it though sionce you are defending him so passionately whilst impersonating me. Piece of sh!t.

      August 3, 2013 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. Clown

    BFD on keith and Idol, they both suck.

    August 2, 2013 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pua

    Adam Lambert!

    August 2, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mojo Jojo

    The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Betty White's used tampon would be fitting judges.

    August 2, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      When Betty Whiter last had her period there was no such thing as tampons.

      August 3, 2013 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. Buford Hillsbilly

    Jethro Bodine and Elly Mae Clampett

    August 2, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Barbie Ken

    I think they should have Ozzy Ozbourne. He speaks clear, has a good head on his shoulders, does NOT do drugs, and is very smart. He can show people how to bite off a bat's head too!!

    August 2, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nate

    Lil' Wayne and Paul Stanley. Also, Eminem, Roger Waters or Rebecca Black.

    August 2, 2013 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bette

    Lionel Richie , [he know the music industry, and Kelly Clarkston, very likable, and current..Rod Stewart would be good, also..
    I also thought Jenifer Lopez was honest, and seemed to care about he

    August 2, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Kelly Clarckson was "current" in 1998. She's like, so whatever, Idol could do, so much better!

      August 3, 2013 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. Christy

    Phil Collins and Adam Lambert

    August 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      CRAP AND CRAPPER!!!! Face it, everyone wants Courtney to get this gig!

      August 3, 2013 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. Tightness

    is a little better.

    August 2, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Edna

    I think two very good judges would be Peabo Bryson and Anne Murray! They are both such wonderful, genuine performers who make terrific music. Please Fox, consider these two artists.

    August 2, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mimi

    How about Frankie Valli and Peter Tork?

    August 2, 2013 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • We got those too

      a couple of months ago and what you did that week is attached too those comments.

      August 2, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mimi

      I have no idea what you're talking about, but hey - thanks!

      August 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Pitbull...

    Account seekers...

    August 2, 2013 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  17. valerie

    how about Pitbull or Robin Thicke? that should shake it up

    August 2, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Kittyhawker

    David Lee Roth would be an interesting choice. I wonder if he'd get hair extensions?

    August 2, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Deb J

    M.A.P. who wrote the Keith Urban comments must be living under a rock! He has not only had sell out concerts every tour, but has won Entertainer of the Year plus many Grammy awards. You don't know Keith until you see him in concert. He will blow you away and I go to a LOT of concerts in every genre. Oh, that's right, Mick Jagger recently called him to play with them at the Staples Center because of his amazing guitar playing! He WILL go down as a legend guitar player. Besides all those accomplishments, he is a wonderful, kind person. Glad you're back Keith!

    August 2, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith never left Deb J--he has always been here.


      August 2, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Ok, calm down Deb! Not everyone in the world is a die hard country bumpkin strumming obsessed country fan! I had never heard of Keith Urban until he married Nicole Kidman. I heard him perform on the Idol finale and I thought the song was over-emotional and lacking in style. Sure it wasn't the worst countrxy song ive ever heard, but it wasn't special and was even cringeworthy at times. Idol is not just about the technical skills, it's also about discovering individuel talents – even if they aren't the "normal" idea of talent. That's why I think Courtney Love would make a good judge. She's a brilliant judge of character and very funny, intelligent.

      August 3, 2013 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      And another thing – Mick Jagger calls just about ANYONE onstage to perform with them. Some examples – Psy (from Gangnam Style), Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Christina Aguleira etc etc etc. So being called by Jagger to take the stage doesn't really give you much cred – everyone gets to do it.

      August 3, 2013 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  20. Su Li

    Shen Chin and Luu Len

    August 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Pernicious

    Lemmy Kilmister or Corey Taylor. Or, Neil Diamond.

    August 2, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Jim Manscape

    Dolly Parton and her twin sister Polly Parton

    August 2, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Buffy Sue

    Lance Bass and Dolly Parton

    August 2, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Shawanda

    Granny Clampett from the Beverly Hillbillies could belt out a good song and she would be a great judge.
    Also Aunt Jemima.

    August 2, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Idolizer

    Alice Cooper!! Now THAT would be hilarious!

    August 2, 2013 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Slacker

    Stop the presses!

    August 2, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  27. drag


    August 2, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  28. mommajam

    They seem to get a lot of country singers trying out, so maybe they should have a country singer as judge. How about Reba??
    Also, how about somebody like Darryl Hall to judge for his songwriting and performance abilities?? Or Kenny Loggins??

    August 2, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • duh!

      Keith is a country singer, right? 😉

      August 2, 2013 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kory

      Reba has that nasty-ass Oklahoma drawl that would annoy most viewers after about 5 minutes. It's grating really. If the network is looking to attract new, younger viewers then Darryl Hall and Kenny Loggins would be a sure-fire way to sink the ratings even further. Granted, they are both talented and contributed significantly to the musical landscape back in their day, but nobody has heard from them in more than 20 years. They just wouldn't resonate with current audiences.


      August 2, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  29. jet

    I agree cain. Steven tyler was hilarious!

    August 2, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  30. ckrphd

    Rick Springfield, of course!!!! 🙂

    August 2, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  31. bence

    they just can't decide who to get. Must be a hell of a job

    August 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  32. cs

    Rihanna would be great, Celine Dion, Pharell

    August 2, 2013 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  33. CAIN

    Hell to the yeah bring Nikki Sixx on! King of the Crue,baby. We need a new view on that show.Some broad spectrum of judges!!!that have brains!!! Too bad Steven Tyler gone...he at least made me lmao!

    August 2, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  34. rock babe

    Pop divas too much drama! Meatloaf would be interesting. Rob Zombie could bring interesting witty comments...and yeah I agree he is pretty funny!

    August 2, 2013 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      So what makes Meat Loaf and Rob Zombie more "talented" than Courtney Love? Is it because she's a loud woman? Is that why you would rather watch vomit you se-xist pig?

      August 3, 2013 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  35. jet

    Nikki sixx is smart and rob zombie rocks!!!!!that I would tune in for!!!keith not bad either.dolly good! New panel!!!nikki could tell the loser tryouts to suck it!!! Ahahaha

    August 2, 2013 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  36. mandie

    Dolly pardon would be good.she's got a great sense of humor!just say no to pop divas!!! Meatloaf would be funny too!!!Rob Zombie got great sense of humor!!!!

    August 2, 2013 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  37. rock babe

    Courtney love has no talent.I would rather watch vomit spew than listen to her speak her idiocy!!!

    August 2, 2013 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Yea we agree

      we don't like her either...

      August 2, 2013 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Roll call...

      "We" as in you and at least one other person, or are you speaking in the 3rd person like some kind of moron?

      August 2, 2013 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • No

      today there are 17 watching from I Team. thanks.

      August 2, 2013 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • O. R. Igami

      Folding paper is fun!

      August 2, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Whatever, Courtney has more talent in her motherf***g left thmb than you. She would be the best Idol Judge EVER because it's not about being perfect to her – you must have feeling and emotion.

      August 3, 2013 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  38. mandie

    In that case ....Rob Zombie!!!Really shake it up!!!

    August 2, 2013 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  39. rock babe

    Yes nikki sixx would be good! But they might want lead singers only.

    August 2, 2013 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • A

      Randy Jackson wasn't a lead singer. Just a producer and bassist for Journey!

      August 6, 2013 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  40. Måd

    I wouldn't mind John Lydon as a judge. He'd probably spend half the show calling everyone wånkers, judges included. Idol could use a little punk thrown in. I agree with MAP that Courtney would make an interesting judge, though not for her singing talents..

    August 2, 2013 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  41. Laurie

    Bring in someone like Babyface or Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, people who have the means to produce superstars. If they did not have a country star, Dolly Parton would be hilarious as a judge.

    August 2, 2013 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  42. Rick

    M.A.P. = S.C.H.M.U.C.K.

    August 2, 2013 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Ouch, that really hurt my feelings. Go listen to your Robin Thicke CD moron.

      August 3, 2013 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  43. M.A.P.

    My suggestions for hosts are, Stevie Nicks and Courtney Love. Because they are the best siners in the world.

    August 2, 2013 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  44. Urban Biceps

    who cares about those nikki and Mariah.....right now I have keith's arms on my mind

    August 2, 2013 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  45. Jer

    It really doesnt matter who they get. The show has pretty much lost all of its steam. It was dying slowly, then they decided to put Nikki Minaj and Mariah Carey on the panel. That just pushed it over the edge. And the level of talent from the contestants has also dropped.

    August 2, 2013 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  46. mandie

    Nikki sixx baby....put some metal on thar panel!!!

    August 2, 2013 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  47. M.A.P.

    Wow, the loser country guy who writes painfully embarrassing music will be staying – proably because he can't find another gig. Had anyone heard of him before Nicole Kidman married him? I had NEVER heard of him and I wish I never had. He is B to the O to the R to the I to the N to the G.

    August 2, 2013 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Rugrat90

      Have you been living under a rock most of your life? Keith Urban is a very talented country music singer and was WELL KNOWN before marrying Nicole Kidman. Doing Idol again because he can't get a gig? His shows are sell outs! One bit of advice – please do your homework before making assinine comments because it only makes you look like an idiot.

      August 2, 2013 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Who's the bigger idiot – me for not knowing Keith Urban is a successful Country musician or YOU – for knowing Keith Urban is a successful country musician. Frankly I'd be more embarassed to be on your side.

      August 2, 2013 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • ZING!

      August 2, 2013 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Fair Marriage

      Keith Urban was doing fine prior too the Nicole marriage–it just happened they are both famous got married and it helped both their careers not only his.

      August 2, 2013 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Yeah, I'm sure Nicole receives hundreds more movie offers now because of her husbands undisputed awesomeness. Whatevs. He is only famous because of her and anyone who thinks otherwise is obviously a Keith Urban fan – something i wouldnt be shouting out proudly.

      August 2, 2013 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • mjinmd

      It's clear to me that M.A.P needs to take a tranquilizer or go back to bed so s/he can get out on the right side of it. Keith Urban is a fabulous entertainer in his own right, which is why he will be welcomed back to Idol by many, many of his fans.

      August 2, 2013 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Fair Marriage

      You could be right in some ways but they appear too get along in the marriage and that is what is most important.

      August 2, 2013 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Fair Marriage

      I will check his career prior to his marriage too Nicole not that it really matters......I believe he has received many awards prior too the marriage.

      August 2, 2013 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      @mjinmd – You're actually correct, I had less than 4 hours sleep and I don't want to be at work. That's why I've spent most of the day posting crapp on here! Sorry, I have to take my anger out on someon, right!? Why not Keith!? He won't read these blogs!

      August 2, 2013 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  48. Peace ☮

    Good question, who should fill the other 2 seats? Hmmm, idk & I guess idc. Until they change the way they vote, it really doesn't matter.

    August 1, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Maricruz


    August 1, 2013 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |

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