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Keith Urban: Returning as 'American Idol' Judge!

Keith Urban: Returning as 'American Idol' Judge!

Keith Urban is officially returning to American Idol as a judge for the upcoming season!

Keith is going to return to the show,” Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour (via THR). “The fans really liked him. Keith is a really funny guy.”

News of Keith‘s return comes on the heels of the rumors that Jennifer Lopez may be returning for the new season. More announcements may also come today! Stay tuned to for the latest…

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466 Responses to “Keith Urban: Returning as 'American Idol' Judge!”

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  1. 1
    solecito Says:

    Yay! Keith did a great job last season. I wish Randy will be back as well.

  2. 2
    Joni Says:


  3. 3
    mimi Says:

    The worst judges were Mariah and the other bat sh@t crazy Nicky.

  4. 4
    julie Says:

    YEAH!! Great news. My family all loved Keith and thought he was by far the best judge. Glad to hear the show will make some format changes as well.

  5. 5
    Keith is simply the best! Says:

    They would have been stupid not to bring him back. He’s so knowledgeable, so funny, and only gives helpful criticism. If only all judges on these shows could be this way. And his new album cover is smoking! Can’t wait!

  6. 6
    yay Says:

    Good news for the show.

  7. 7
    ForMe Says:

    It’s good he’s coming back. He got overshadowed by those two bickering witches.

  8. 8
    Lia Says:

    “Nicole, I’m tired of this sham contract marriage and I want a divorce.”
    “No Keith, I am so incredibly unpopular, I need the happy family illusion to continue. What will it take for you to stay?”
    “I want to do another season of Idol. My music no longer sells and I literally need to be close to Ryan.”
    “But Keith, due to your boring personality you cannot generate ratings.”
    “I love the attention and exposure it gives me and I literally get to spend more time with Ryan.”
    “OK Keith. I will make the call to Rupert.”

  9. 9
    She Stinks! Says:

    Eww, no JHO, please! Hasn’t the audience suffered enough? Why continue to torture us with that low class self absorbed old no talent HO!

  10. 10
    Aisha Says:

    I’m not a fan but JLo is a much better choice than Mariah. She needed to go. Keith is a gem. They need someone with credibility who also has charm.

  11. 11
    lenni Says:

    Sweet, feminine Keith with all his makeup and pouting is akin to having another female on the judging panel. Let’s hope they include a masculine man on the panel to even up the sexes.

  12. 12
    mirelle Says:

    Keith is a favorite in our house. He puts his heart into everything he does. Looking forward to more Keith on TV.

  13. 13
    Carolyn Says:

    So happy to hear that Keith is returning. I’ll tune in again just to see him.

  14. 14
    Oh dear Says:

    So much for sweeping changes. Urban obviously comes cheap, is more than willing to play the Idol PR game and like his wife “the queen of box office bombs”, he doesn’t mind being part of something nobody wants to watch.

  15. 15
    No! Says:

    Not another season of more chair dancing. The mustard has come off this hot dog. The show needs to go.

  16. 16
    galey Says:

    We love Keith Urban. If you have been to one of his concerts, you would never consider saying feminine and Keith in the same sentence. He is one sexy man and very talented and a nice person, what a great combo.

  17. 17
    Urban is soooo GAY Says:

    “Thrilled to be back on @AmericanIdol with my pal @RyanSeacrest and dying to know who the other judges will be!!!!” Urban tweeted.
    “Thrilled” really is not the kind of word real men use.
    “my pal” refers to his close and cosy friendship with Gaycrest.
    “dying to know” another feminine phrase and oh so theatrical!!!!

  18. 18
    Wilmington Says:

    Good choice AI! Keith urban has been my favorite judge and I’ve watched every year.

  19. 19
    Riley Says:

    The AI makeup department had better plug in the straight iron, heat up the body wax pot and stock up on botox, bronzer, eye liner, mascara and hair bleach to keep Keithette Urbanski looking pretty for the judges panel.

  20. 20
    Gemma Says:

    I’m very happy Keith will be back. But can we please have Rob Thomas join the panel? Keith and Rob would be a riot!

  21. 21
    Who's got the good seats now? Says:

    Certainly not the judging panel on the out of touch, terminally ill singing show called American Idol.

  22. 22
    Torre Says:

    I wouldn’t be watching unless Keith returned. Programme producers – have all the judges be of Keith Urban’s quality.

  23. 23
    Laura Gesine Says:

    I hope the rest of the lineup is announced soon.

  24. 24
    duddles Says:

    I’m relieved the two big egos have left. Keith Urban is talented and confident but still humble.

  25. 25
    Bargain Basement Judge Says:

    “When asked about Urban’s possible return to ‘Idol,’ Gaycrest replied, “I was with Keith yesterday, we (closely) embraced, and said (whispered) to each other ‘I hope we get to spend a LOT of time together.’ He’s a great guy, and I’ve become a very good friend (wink wink).”

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