Keith Urban discusses the possibility of returning to “American Idol” (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Keith Urban performs onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

Keith Urban is being considered as a possible judge for the “American Idol” reboot. But it’s too soon to tell whether or not he’ll join the cast of the show when it returns on new network, ABC, next year.

In a new interview with The Morning Call, the country music superstar shared some of the challenges he’d face if he were to take up a seat next to Katy Perry, who already confirmed her spot on the judging panel.

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“There’s been talk about it, yeah, but I’m not quite sure,” Keith said about plans being made for him to return to the show. “I’m in the studio, working on a new album, obviously touring. So [I’ve] certainly got a full dance card.

“If [it] happens, great. If it doesn’t, no sweat,” he added.

Fans may recall that Keith served as a coach on several seasons of “Idol,” including its final one on Fox. So there’s no doubt he’d make a great addition to the team for the show’s revival.

“I love the opportunity to try and give advice to someone that might be helpful, and particularly if it’s really honest advice,” Keith explained. “So many kids — like me — come from small towns. But unlike me — I was very lucky to have people around me who were, like, ‘No, that’s just not good enough. No, you could do better.’”

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Keith isn’t the only country star being considered for the coaching role. Luke Bryan’s name has also been tossed around. Charlie Puth and Lionel Richie are two other potential judges being rumored for the reboot.

Auditions for the ABC relaunch have already begun, with a few cancelled audition dates due to Hurricane Harvey. “American Idol” is expected to begin in 2018 with the return of longtime host Ryan Seacrest.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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