Keith Urban: 'American Idol' might not be over for good

'Idol,' new music keeping country superstar busy


After 15 seasons, the hit FOX vocal competition "American Idol" is coming to an end … or is it? Country icon Keith Urban, who joined the cast of celebrity judges in 2012, says fans may not have to say goodbye forever, after all.

"I've been hearing more and more that there's so much love out there for 'Idol' that it may continue on in some form somewhere else. I don't know. I just know there's so much talk about it maybe being the final season where it is. And, at some point coming back to life again, so who knows," he tells Country Countdown USA.

Urban’s not ready to wash and hang dry his iconic red Coca-Cola cup just yet, either. He says if a new "Idol" came to fruition, he'd be up for sticking around.

"I'd be open to it because it's a fun part of my year," the singer admits. “My primary love professionally is writing songs, making records, and touring. That's what I love more than anything. But 'Idol' fits in beautifully to that, so I certainly enjoy doing it."

"American Idol" has brought country music some of its biggest stars since its launch in 2001, including, of course, Carrie Underwood, but also introducing to fans Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Kellie Pickler and Kelly Clarkson, who has dabbled in the genre from time to time.

Urban has also been busy earning his 18th No. 1 single with "Raise Em Up," a duet with Eric Church serving as the second single to his forthcoming album, after "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16." The artist recently celebrated its ascent to the top of the charts with co-writer Jaren Johnston of the Cadillac Three.

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