Keith Urban returning as ‘American Idol’ judge

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Keith Urban at the "American Idol" finale in Los Angeles, May 16, 2013. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Keith Urban at the “American Idol” finale in Los Angeles, May 16, 2013. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Keith Urban is coming back to “American Idol.”

Fox chairman Kevin Reilly on Thursday confirmed the return of the country music star, settling the fate of the only judge from the latest season left on the talent competition.

Reilly praised Urban’s participation last season and said fans really like him.

But he was mum on who else would sit at the judges’ panel next season. The departures of Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson were announced weeks ago.

Reilly says the goal is to recruit “comfortable” judges and refocus attention to the contestants.

The ratings of “American Idol” sagged last season. It returns in January.

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