Idol: Keith Urban To Return, Lopez ‘In Discussions’


Keith Urban will return for the upcoming season of AMERICAN IDOL, Fox confirmed Thursday morning.

“Keith did a great job last year,” programming boss Kevin Reilly told television writers in Los Angeles.  “The fans really liked him. You will see that Keith is a really funny guy.  [Last year] he didn’t get to let his personality shine through, but you could see how much he loved the show.”

Reilly also confirmed that “there have been discussions” about Jennifer Lopez returning to the show.

“Most of what you are reporting and you have read is true,” he said.  “Most of those names have been considered.  Jennifer has been a close part of the show all along.  Obvioulsy she has even been on it since she left the panel.”

But, Reilly stressed,  “There is no deal with her or with anybody else.”


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