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'American Idol'

Keith Urban NOT SIGNED

... But Almost

8/31/2012 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Keith Urban
is in deep negotiations with "American Idol" but the deal has NOT been signed ... TMZ has learned.

"Idol" sources tell us, the country singer is in the final negotiation stages with producers to take the third judging spot on the show -- alongside Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, who replaced Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.

Keith will be replacing Randy Jackson -- but he hasn't officially signed the dotted line just yet. He's still working out a few contract kinks, but it's pretty much a lock.

He'll be receiving roughly $3-4 million for his hard work -- about half what Nicki Minaj is expected to make ... and a paltry fraction of Mariah's $18 million paycheck.

As we previously reported, there will be a 4th judge this season, but we're told no one has been picked for that spot.  But here's what we do know ... "Idol" honchos want a man for the 4th spot, because they don 't think this show will work with 2 women and a man.

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1.

MrHarrybawls2010    

Looks like Jeff Spiccoli from Fast Times At Ridgemont High.

Catching flies in your mouth there keith?

786 days ago
2.

Michell    

3-4 million for Keith and 18 for Mariah....Keith run. It will be a job from hell with that diva bitch. Not worth it.

786 days ago
3.

skintag    

This show is a former ghost of itself.

786 days ago
4.

Sally    

Good choice, hope they gave up on Nicki Minaj and Kanye West.

786 days ago
5.

Greg    

Why are they not considering that guy Jimmy Ioveni that they used last year to recap the performances as a judge? He was excellent and actually had an opinion about things.

786 days ago
6.

oddjob    

greeeat...weeenie boy

786 days ago
7.

Lauren     

I love Keith, and I think I can tolerate Mariah, but if Nicki gets signed I will NOT watch. She is awful.

786 days ago
8.

The PMG    

So an Australian is a judge on an American competition?

Seems legit.

786 days ago
9.

Bridget    

I have nothing against Keith Urban. I'm just not a big country music fan, so this brings nothing to the table for me. With that cast of judges, I'm not watching.


Goodbye Idol

786 days ago
10.

David    

Who really cares??? Only commenting due to boredom.

786 days ago
11.

LBart    

Just let the show die already. When randy quits you know its time. Its like beating a dead horse.

786 days ago
12.

BECKER    

They should just cancel the show until they can get real talent as judges. Nariah is all about herself and is a pain in the A$$ Minaj is a talentless rapper who is also a racist
It is a shame that these two women are making sio much more then the two hags.
Watch the ratings drop to the bottom.

786 days ago
13.

verlinda    

I'll be happy when this show is cast off like Jersey Shores.

786 days ago
14.

PokerStar    

Please make him wash his hair if he is going to be on a weekly show. Put it in his rider - must shower and USE shampoo prior to make-up application.

786 days ago
15.

Big D    

DON'T DO IT! The show is over

786 days ago
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