Recently the Hollywood Reporter hinted that Keith Urban might be the next new judge on American Idol, joining Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj on the panel. Now The Country Vibe confirms Keith will indeed be on the show.
Sources told The Country Vibe Idol executives wanted a country artist at the judges table and it came down to Keith Urban or Brad Paisley. When a deal couldn’t be struck with Brad, who reportedly wanted to be paid an amount similar to Nicki Minaj’s salary — approximately $8.5 million — Brad passed on the show and Idol went with Keith. Keith’s salary as a judge on season 12 of American Idol will be somewhere between $3 and $4 million.
Mariah Carey’s reported American Idol pay will be $18 million. It is not yet known if original judge Randy Jackson will return for season 12.