No news is good news, right?
Keith Urban has made no secret of the fact that he wants to return to "American Idol" next season. After the Season 12 finale, the country singer told backstage reporters he loved the gig: "I literally enjoyed coming to work every day. And that's a rarity," he said, according to Yahoo! Music.
And while he previously told the Associated Press he has "no official information of anything" regarding Season 13, the 45-year-old singer added, "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."
But now, backstage at this Wednesday's CMT awards, Urban told E! News he's still in the dark over his "American Idol" status -- despite the fact that Season 13 auditions are scheduled to start next month.
"I have no idea! You probably know as much as I do!" Urban said, when asked if he's coming back to the judges' panel.
While Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj's resignations from the show were to be expected (viewers tired of the diva drama early on), Randy Jackson's exit announcement was more of a shock. Now some of the show's biggest head honchos -- executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick -- are also out, while Fox alternative programming chief Mike Darnell also resigned. Lythgoe, Warwick, and Darnell were all instrumental in launching "American Idol" back in 2002.
But the fact that Urban's status hasn't been announced yet could signal the fact that the show's powers-that-be want to keep at least one familiar face on board. Especially a guy who seemed to have a real passion for the job.
Amid last season's overdose of diva dynamics, Urban told the Associated Press, "I did as much as I could in the environment we had. 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.'"
Meanwhile, Urban's wife Nicole Kidman told E! she thinks her man is "really, really good" at being a TV talent show judge. But since the country star's status is still in limbo, the last man standing status may just have to go to Ryan Seacrest.
"This is me barely standing," the longtime "American Idol" host told MTV News. "I am coming back, yes. I will host."
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