Keith Urban Clears Path To Join American Idol For 2013

Keith Urban has been a rumored potential new judge for American Idol 2013 and it seems like that may be about to come true.

Urban announced today that he will not be returning to Australia’s installment of “The Voice” due to other obligations like recording, touring, etc. It seems the “etc.” part is being a judge on another show.

News.Com.Au reports on Urban’s departure:

[Michael Healy of Australia’s Channel 9:] “We were really happy to have Keith as part of the inaugural Voice crew and of course he will always remain part of The Voice family in Australia. We are currently in negotiations with super star musicians to fill the coaching roles (next year).”

Urban, who has reportedly signed a $4 million contract to join a reboot of American Idol, alongside Mariah Carey, Nicky Minaj and Randy Jackson, said in a statement: “I’ve been so fortunate to have been a part of The Voice.

A $4 million contract isn’t bad at all, but it’s a quarter of what Mariah Carey will be earning. I guess we’ll be getting 4x the quality and quantity of judging from her, right? Oh this should be a fun season of Idol!