Sources have confirmed exclusively to The Country Vibe that Keith Urban has accepted an offer from American Idol to sit at the judges table next to Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and a rumored fourth judge that will likely not be Randy Jackson for the upcoming season of the show. The Hollywood Reporter reported last week that Enrique Iglesias was and still is being considered as a fourth judge and that Randy Jackson would likely be moved into more of a mentoring role, similar to Jimmy Iovine. Sources tell The Country Vibe the Idol executives definitely wanted a judge from the country music world and it came down to Keith Urban and Brad Paisley. Although no firm figures have been published about Nicki Minaj’s salary, we hear it is somewhere in the neighborhood of $8.5 million, a far cry from the $18 million Mariah Carey is reportedly making to sit at the judge’s table. We understand Brad’s representatives were seeking a payday similar to Nicki’s for him to participate in the show. When a deal could not be reached he decided to pass. Sources tell us Keith will be making $3 million as a judge on season 12 on American Idol.
Season 12 of American Idol will premiere in January 2013 on FOX.