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Keith Urban Is Returning to ‘American Idol’ (And Jennifer Lopez Might Be, Too)

Perhaps unaware that American Idol is one of the fastest sinking ships on television, Keith Urban has decided to return to the FOX reality show for a second season, Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly confirmed to reporters at TCA Thursday.

“Keith is going to return to the show,” he said (via THR). “The fans really liked him. Keith is a really funny guy.”

Or maybe it isn’t such a sinking ship after all. The reason: Jennifer Lopez, who is apparently “very close” to returning, as well.

“Both Fox and Jennifer are very happy about this and want it to happen very much,” the source told PEOPLE Thursday.

Lopez joined Idol for seasons 10 and 11, following the high-profile departure of Simon Cowell. (Look how well that turned out for him.) Her popularity with fans and contestants is often credit for keeping the show afloat during such a major transition.

In fact, there were even rumors midway through last season that producers were trying to replace Mariah Carey with Lopez to save the show’s ratings from hemorrhaging. (Those rumors were quickly denied; Carey bailed after the season ended, anyway.)

With Urban confirmed and Lopez likely, that will probably leave just one seat to be filled before the show returns in January; in May, FOX said it is “likely” to return to the show’s original three-judges format right before the departures of Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson.

In which case, I nominate Celine Dion.

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One Direction Are Fabulous American Idols

Not that they weren’t fabulous to begin with, but having a massive spread in Fabulous magazine makes 1D’s fabulosity even MORE legit than EVER!!

One Direction stars in the mag’s special “American Idols” themed edition, coming to newsstand THIS SUNDAY!!

As you can tell by their attire in the photos (above), Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson showed up to the Fourth of July party several months late.

But we’ll forgive them because, as Liam Leeroy would say, they’re per-fect!

You’ve probably stopped reading at this point because you’re so mesmerized by the lads’ stars and stripes, so we’ll let you get on with it and view the rest of the spread (below)!

[Image via Fabulous Magazine.]

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Harry Connick Jr. Joining ‘American Idol’: Report

Harry Connick Jr. American Idol Fox

In news that could either be really good or bad for Harry Connick Jr., The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the crooner will join the judges table for the 13th season of American Idol.

Up until last week, reports had pegged mega-producer Dr. Luke for the position next to Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. That deal was impossible to lock down though, because Luke has an exclusive deal with Sony Music and A.I. deals exclusively with Sony’s rival, Universal Music Group.

Connick Jr. seems to be a natural fit for the floundering reality competition, as he’s appeared as a mentor several times already. Whether or not that translates into being a good judge and higher ratings, that remains to be seen.

And although Fox has yet to make the announcement official, host Ryan Seacrest seems ready to announce something.

Got some @AmericanIdol news for you coming very soon…

– Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) August 30, 2013

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5 Stories You May Have Missed This Weekend

Between Beyonce‘s hair talk and Jennifer Lopez‘s possible return to her old job, the weekend was packed with plenty of celebrity news. Celebuzz is rounding out the top stories you may have missed.

Cause of death still unknown

The Los Angeles coroner’s office announced on Sunday that it will be another eight to 10 months before we know what caused Lisa Robin Kelly‘s death at a California rehab facility last week. The 43-year-old actress, who played Eric Forman’s sister on That ’70s Show, died in her sleep on Aug. 14.

Jennifer Lopez to return to ‘Idol?’

Before you get out of your seat and jump for joy, the weekend buzz over Jennifer Lopez’s return to American Idol has yet to be confirmed by FOX and the singer herself. But still, isn’t it exciting to picture her sitting beside Keith Urban and mystery judge number three?

NBD: Just hanging out with the creator of Instagram…

Kim Kardashian took quite the selfie on Saturday: with none other than Instagram creator Kevin Systrom. Does this mean we can expect more, new, selfies from the new mom?

Another day, another shower

Speaking of moms, mom-to-be Fergie attended yet another baby shower, this time with a lot of flower power. Seriously, Fergie called herself “earth mommy” on Twitter. The singer, who is expecting a boy with Josh Duhamel, is due in the fall.

The bob heads to England

Days after being spotted with a brand new angled bob cut in Miami, Beyonce made her way to England on the weekend to perform at the 2013 V Festival. And in case you were curious: the hair looks great on stage.

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Kelly Clarkson Is American Idol’s Money Making QUEEN!

Kelly Clarkson is swimming through her massive money pile, Scrooge Mcduck style!

The recently engaged Presidential crooner and FIRST American Idol winner has been named AI‘s most financially successful contestant of 2012!

From May 2011 to May 2012, Kelly garnered a whopping $8 million!!

Girl beat out other well-known contestents Carrie Underwood & Chris Daughtry ($5 million), Scotty McCreery ($4 million), Jennifer Hudson ($3 million) and Jordin Sparks ($2 million).

Congratz on allllll your moniez, Mz. Clarkson!

You are and will forever be the American Idol to beat!

Tags: american idol, carrie underwood, chris daughtry, contestant, jennifer hudson, jordin sparks, kelly clarkson, money, success, winner

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Watch Adam Lambert’s Glass-Shattering VH1 Divas Promos HERE!

We may have been MORE than a little bewildered with the line-up this year for VH1‘s Divas Live concert, which will feature the likes of Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Ciara, Kelly Rowland, and Jordin Sparks paying tribute to the dearly departed Donna Summer and Whitney Houston, but that’s apparently because the network has apparently decided only one TRUE diva has to take the stage this year!

And that would be the show’s host, Adam Lambert!

Ch-ch-check out the American Idol alum showing off what his pipes can do in a brand new promo for the event (above)…as well as just a true diva needs to hit those high notes in two more…AFTER THE JUMP!!!

Tags: adam lambert, american idol, ciara, commercials, concert, demi lovato, donna summer, jordin sparks, kelly rowland, miley cyrus, promos, promotional campaign, tribute, vh1 divas live, whitney houston

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NIGEL LYTHGOE Confirms MARIAH CAREY And NICKI MINAJ Feud On “American Idol” (VIDEO)

“American Idol” producer NIGEL LYTHGOE confirmed the widely-reported feud between MARIAH CAREY and NICKI MINAJ, saying that it is definitely not a plot to influence ratings because the timing for that is just “wrong.”

Well that’s… logical.

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You’ve heard about the rumored feud between new “American Idol” judges, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj… Despite them denying that they were at odds with each other, their recent curse-filled spat during unaired auditions of the upcoming season proved that there was indeed some serious heat between the two divas.

Still, some believable celebrity sources insist that it was all staged to boost curiosity and media attention before the premiere of the show’s upcoming 12th season in January.

Now the show’s own producer, Nigel Lythgoe-also known as THE person who could be orchestrating the whole thing-has denied such rumors, saying that it’s not fake.

He told TMZ:

“I have no idea why I would be doing it [for ratings] five months before the show went out.”

Not one to lie about the need for such promo strategy, he admitted:

“I would only do anything for ratings a month before the show went out. They’ve got my timing wrong.”

So if that wasn’t it, it looks like we can be expecting a crazy publicity stunt for the show around December.

Do you believe Nigel?

Photos By PR Photos / Video Screen Grab

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