Keith Urban to Judge American Idol

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Less than a month ago, UTG learned that Nicki Minaj would be an American Idol judge next season. This morning, Fox has released that Keith Urban will also be a judge on the show.

The show is moving to a four judge format, with the total panelists now being Idol veteran Randy Jackson and previously announced judge Mariah Carey.

It seems Fox is trying to round out the judges with a wide variety of styles and experience – Randy was a classic rock studio bassist, Mariah was a pop star, Nicki Minaj is a rapper, and now Keith Urban is a country singer. Do you think this selection makes sense?

View the Fox press release after the break.

Nicki’s an unbelievably captivating international phenomenon who has made an indelible mark on rap and pop. And Keith is another great addition to Idol – he’s one of the biggest stars in country music and I know that our fans and contestants will fall in love with him. With an unparalleled star like Mariah, fan-favorite Randy, chart-toppers like Nicki and Keith and our incomparable host Ryan [Seacrest], we’ve put together one of the most exciting judging panels around.“-Fox President of alternative Mike Darnell

Dan Bogosian

I finished school with a music theory degree. Before I finished school, I was a janitor. You really should apologize to all the janitors you've ever had. You hurt them. Seriously. You did.

But, now that we've cleared that up and you called your high school janitor, know that I quit being a janitor to pursue writing about music. So here I am, and here you are, and hey how are you?
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