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“Keith did a great job last year. The fans really liked him. Keith’s a really funny guy,” said Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly. “You could see how much he loved the show.”
Earlier this week, the Wrap broke news that FOX were divided between two stars to fill the diva chair that Mariah Carey abdicated when she left the show along with Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson at the end of Season 12.
There are two women that could potentially join Urban on the panel and grab that final chair.
Former judge (and one of PopWrapped’s Top 25 Best Reality TV Judges of All-Time) Jennifer Lopez is in negotiations with the network to reclaim her spot on the panel. However, Lopez’s salary demands might not work, due to the fact that Idol viewers continue to leave in droves.
If the network and Lopez cannot agree to the terms, Oscar-winning actress and Idol alum Jennifer Hudson could take the seat next to Urban. The season three standout made a deal with the producers back in May to judge the upcoming season and would make $3,000,000 to $4,000,000.
However, the Dreamgirl might not get the chair because she did not sign on the dotted line and the producers failed to grab their biggest winner, Kelly Clarkson, to join Hudson and Adam Lambert on a possible all-alum panel.
But if Lopez is satisfied with the deal, she along with The Voice UK mentor (and frontrunner) will.i.am could join Urban on the Season 13 panel.