Ryan Seacrest just took to Twitter and posted a new photo of the “staff” and to make things even more official, the tweet was re-tweeted by Urban just minutes later.
The pair will be joining Mariah Carey and returning judge, Randy Jackson, at the table for Season 11.
Almost as soon as the current season ended, Steven Tyler exited the show to focus on his return to Aerosmith and Jennifer Lopez followed shortly after to restart her music career and touring, as well.
Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) September 16, 2012
Shortly following their departures, the announcement that Mariah Carey had joined the show shocked many. Rumors followed with names such as Enrique Iglesias and even Brad Paisley.
While it seemed as though the show liked to have a country angle, Keith’s name only began to surface over the past month.
Last Friday the speculation came to a head as Keith announced that he would not be returning to the Australian version of The Voice for a second season, all but locking up his American Idol commitment, leaving fans only waiting for the official word.
The announcement also returns Idol to a four-judge format, which has been non-existent in the Steven/J-Lo era.
It should be a fun season! Will you be watching?
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