It’s official — only one of three judges from American Idol Season 12 will be returning next year. Keith Urban will be taking his seat in the judges chair once again, and is, so far, the only name confirmed for Season 13.
Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj have already said that they won’t be returning next year, and in addition to Keith, the show is reportedly looking to fill two or three more spots. One of the frontrunners for the position is rumored to be Jennifer Lopez, who judged the show in Seasons 10 and 11.
A source close to Jennifer revealed that she’s “very close” to signing a deal to return to the show next season. Because of a world tour last year, Jennifer was unable to commit to the panel for Season 12, but now that that’s over, she has more time to devote to television and movie projects.