Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest and Keith Urban?
Rumors had been running rampant that the show wanted a country angle, with names such as Brad Paisley making the rounds, but in the end, and according to the report, it is indeed Urban.
The deal is reportedly in the ballpark of $3 to $4 million per year. While not chump change, the offer is definitely lower than Mariah Carey, who is slated to make nearly $18 million.
The changes to the upcoming season of the show come courtesy of the departures of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.
American Idol will be back on FOX for a 12th season this coming January, albeit with a very different look to the judges table.
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