Following weeks of speculation, Keith Urban is now officially hitched as judge to American Idol, with a pay packed tipped at $4m.
Urban quit The Voice last week ahead of the official announcement by FOX.
“I’ve been so fortunate to have been a part of The Voice,” he said.
“And as much as I’d love to do it again, it’s clear that the recording and promoting of a new album, a tour and other commitments, will keep me from being a part of the second season.”
Presumably “other commitments” means the FOX season.
Urban joins Mariah Carey, said to be on $18m, rapper Nicki Minaj on a reported $8m and veteran Randy Jackson who resumes as a judge despite some talk he may adopt a mentor role.
Auditions are getting underway in the US with the series to return in January.
Source: Hollywood Reporter