Keith Urban Sets Date for New Album, Has 'No Official Information' on 'Idol' Return
The country musician will release "Fuse" on Sept. 10. Meanwhile, his future on the Fox competition remains up in the air.
Following his debut stint as a judge on American Idol, Keith Urban is back to work on his upcoming album, Fuse, and has set its release for Sept. 10, The Associated Press reports.
As for whether the country star will return to Idol, well, that's all up in the air.
"I have no official information of anything," Urban tells the AP. "I'm pretty much in the same boat as everybody else here with the rumors that have been floating around. I don’t know anything more about what’s happening next season. It was like this before I signed on ... so it’s not unusual for the Idol folks to be in this place of figuring out what they want to do, then they always pull it together."
THR reported Friday that Jennifer Hudson was in negotiations to become a judge for season 13 as part of an all-alumni panel alongside -- possibly -- Clay Aiken or Adam Lambert. (A rep for Kelly Clarkson issued a denial amid chatter that the original winner would also claim a spot, saying: "Kelly will not be a judge on Idol.")
Meanwhile, season 12 panelists Urban, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj are not expected to return. Series veteran Randy Jackson officially announced his departure a few weeks ago. This past year, Idol experienced sagging ratings and backstage drama between Carey and Minaj, whose apparently frosty relationship also carried over on-air as the two barely looked at one another over the course of a four-month run.
"I did as much as I could in the environment we had," Urban says of this time on the panel. But, he adds of the contestants, "I love artists. I love the beginnings of artists when all they’ve got is raw talent and nothing else. They’ve got no star power, just nothing going on but just this raw talent that’s just beautiful to see, and you look at them and just go, 'All you’re needing is life experience ... because you’ve got everything else ready to go.'"