American Idol: Keith Urban Returning To Judges' Panel

Keith Urban attends Fox's 'American Idol' 2013 Grand Finale Results Show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 16, 2013 Keith Urban attends Fox's 'American Idol' 2013 Grand Finale Results Show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 16, 2013

Keith Urban is returning to “American Idol.”

The country superstar is the first judge to be confirmed for the 2014 version of the show.

“Keith is gonna return to the show. Keith did a great job last year,” Fox Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly told reporters on Thursday during the Fox portion of the Television Critics Association Summer Tour in Beverly Hills.

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“The fans really liked him,” Reilly continued. “I think with a new panel you’re gonna see Keith’s a really funny guy and I think that he didn’t get to let his personality really shine through, but you could see how much he loved the show, so Keith’s gonna be back.”

Reilly also confirmed there have been discussions with Jennifer Lopez about returning to the show.

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“Jennifer has been a close part of the show all along, obviously she’s even been on it since she’s left the panel, so there have been discussions there,” he said. “There is no deal with her or with anybody else, so I really can’t speak to it more than that.”

-- Jolie Lash

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