Keith Urban Nearing Deal to Judge American Idol

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American Idol is set to go a little bit country.

Sources tell TMZ that Keith Urban is on the verge of signing a contract with the Fox competition. He would earn around $3 million for Season 12 and sit alongside Mariah Carey (confirmed for the panel) and Nicki Minaj (nearly confirmed).

Keith Urban on Stage

A show insider also claims Randy Jackson is out, while a fourth judge reportedly WILL be included on the panel.

With the world of pop, hip hop and country now covered, it's unclear from which genre that individual will hail from.

What do you think of Keith Urban? Good choice for American Idol?

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I am a huge Keith Urban fan and think he would do great on the show, but i want to see him with a guitar in his hand and that won't happen on IDOL.

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i dnt think keith is a judge material,y is evry1 leaving american idol?if ryan seacrest also leaves then i'm so done wit the show!

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I have been a fan of keith urban from the first time i heard him sing, he is the best country singer out there,and i would watch anything that he is on,i do not like that Minaj,and do not think idol will do well with her on the judging pane.

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I think Urban is a good choice. Minaj-not so much. I am not a fan. Carey is an excellent choice. They need someone different in that third seat than Minaj. They should keep Randy there.

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Please, do not put Minaj on the panel. I think Keith Urban would be a good choice. What about Tony Bennett? It would be a nice change from the current crop of non talented and overpaid "entertainers".

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Ok, let's see--one freak (Minaj)--one talentless exhibitionist (Carey)--and now Mr. Urban who is probably a nice guy and decent singer but with NO knowledge of what sells. Since Cowell and now Jackson are gone, just admit that it is no longer about the performers on Idol but about the attention-seeking judges.

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]