“I will confirm one thing: That Keith is going to return to the show,” Kevin Reilly, Fox Entertainment chairman, said. “Keith did a great job last year, the fans really liked him. With a new panel, you are going to see that Keith is a really funny guy.”
Reilly also confirmed that Urban is currently the only judge that has been confirmed. He added that Lopez has been in talks to return to “American Idol,” but no deal has been made.
There have also been rumours that former “Idol” contestants like Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert and Clay Aiken would join the show as judges. However, Reilly would not confirm or deny any other potential judges’ names.
“I can’t talk too much about it because we have to continue our yearly tradition of me not being able to say anything about the show,” Reilly said, adding they are looking for people “that are good at the job, that people like and that refocus the attention on the contestants.”
“American Idol” returns to Fox with its 13th season in January 2014.