Keith Urban Coming Back to American Idol; Jennifer Lopez “Close” to Return

144124546-220x300Keith Urban is coming back to “American Idol.”

The country music singer will return as a judge when the show’s 13th season debuts in January 2014, FOX confirmed on Thursday.

He’ll be the only holdover from last season, with fellow panelists Nicki MinajMariah Carey, and Randy Jackson all having departed.

Urban tweeted, “Thrilled to be back on @AmericanIdol with my pal @RyanSeacrest and dying to know who the other judges will be!!!!”

Meanwhile, an insider tells Gossip Cop that Jennifer Lopez, who judged on seasons 10 and 11, is very “close” to making a deal to return to the singing competition.

Stay tuned.

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