I’m surprised! Not because he sucked or anything, far from it. But it seemed like they were going to totally change all the judges, with Nicki, Mariah and Randy gone. The TCAs are happening – this is when networks put on a big to do about the upcoming season of television programming for journalists to get people pumped about TV. And FOX has confirmed that Keith is a definite judge this fall.
Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly confirmed that the country artist will return to American Idol next year.
That fills one slot on the long-running reality series, which fell to series-low ratings last season. Former judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson and Nicki Minaj are not returning. At least two other judges will be added to the panel in the coming weeks, possibly will.i.am and/or Jennifer Lopez (again). Jennifer Hudson has also been widely rumored, but isn’t considered a very likely addition.
Reilly said he’s seeking “comfortable judges that make it comfortable to view” the show. He also said, in what seems to be an annual statement about Idol, that next season will focus more on the contestants and less on the judges.