Can't keep up with all of the news regarding American Idol's judging panel? Neither can they!
Though Randy Jackson exclusively confirmed his exit from the Fox reality singing competition to E! News and sources reveal that Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban will not be returning for season 13, Urban told us exclusively after tonight's finale that he's yet to hear either way if he'll be back next season.
But does he want to come back?
Plus, Ryan Seacrest weighed in on all the rumors and sounded off on Jackson's "sad" exit, while the ladies of the hour—finalists Candice Glover and Kree Harrison—talked about tomorrow being the "most fun" day to come in their lives.
"I would come back," Urban exclusively told us after Wednesday's performance show when we asked if he'd be returning next season. "I loved the whole adventure and journey and watching these guys go from these towns that we found them in to the final stage."
He continued, "I love [being a mentor]. I see lots of things in them, habits I had or things I had to break through. They're often just tiny things. It's like puppy fat, you just have to shed that and there it is!!"
And while the judges'-table drama has been dominating headlines this season, Seacrest told us he's "used to the rumors about the panel. In every year, I feel like there are so many rumors in the press." But, he admitted, "I don't know that anything's really been decided in terms of next year because we haven't gotten through this year."
The host also talked to us about Jackson, who along with Seacrest has been with the series since the beginning. "I was sad to hear that my buddy Randy is going to go," he said. "From my point of view, Randy, the door's always open for you to come back home."
And if it came down to it, Seacrest said he probably wouldn't want to transition from host to judge. "First, I don't know if I'd ever be asked and secondly, I don't know that I'd be able to sit there and not get up and be like, 'Here we go!' I don't know if I could sit there in that seat for that long!" he explained.
Finally, Candice and Kree were so relaxed you wouldn't even know they just performed for the title of the next American Idol!
"I am over the moon. I'm on cloud nine," Kree gushed, "and I'm sure Candice is on the same page as me. We just performed at the Nokia [Theatre in L.A.] and this is the finale. For all this to happen after all the hard work we put in is just a dream come true."
Candice added, "Tomorrow's going to be one big party!" And if she is crowned the winner, she revealed, "I am going to roll around in the confetti! I always said, ever since I auditioned in season nine, I said I'm going to roll around in the confetti!"
—Reporting by Ashlan Gorse
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