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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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nate    

LMAO. WHO???

694 days ago
17.

Ace    

Tang costs more.

694 days ago
18.

Ashlyn    

$18 million? Ugh! There's no need to pay her that much money. I've never been a fan of hers. She's a crazy drama queen.

694 days ago
19.

Morticia Cowghoul    

I'll say it again.....Barbra Mandrell.

694 days ago
20.

unicorn40    

I don't like any of them. This will be the shows last season.

694 days ago
21.

Mom    

He looks higher then a kite in the pic.....so sad

694 days ago
22.

Grumpyswife    

Great choice ... now get rid of Nicki Minaj.

694 days ago
23.

Carl    

JLo and Tyler helped keep AI on life support longer than it deserved, but this new set up is the death of the show.

694 days ago
24.

whatever3    

He's a damn drunk anyway - who needs that slobbering idiot.

694 days ago
25.

South Beach    

Wow, Keith is signing up for misery 24/7, Mariah Carey at work and his beotch wife Nicole at home. Guy has a history of overdoing the adult beverages, hope this doesn't send him over the edge. Would me.

694 days ago
26.

Truth    

DUDE JUST DO IT FOR THE PAPER... IT'S NOT LIKE THE GUY HAS ANYTHING GOING ON IN HIS LAME CAREER. BESIDES, IT GETS HIM OUTTA THE HOUSE FROM NICOLE KIDMAN. THAT'S GOTTA BE ANNOYING SEEING HER EVERY MORNING, JUST SAYIN... #TRUTH!!

694 days ago
27.

Lizzie2    

Perhaps you'll print this, we'll just see what tough guys you really are. Congratulations on the 15th anniversary of Diana's death. so many of us figured that would have put the paps out of commission. However, like roaches you just multiplied and became more repulsive. And speaking of repulsive, you must have really dug into the archives to get this old picture of Keith Urban. When people get clean and sober, I guess it's boring, right?

694 days ago
28.

Clyde T.M. Nestra    

Keith has a really sweet face; I suspect his personality matches. Lucky Nicole.

694 days ago
29.

Seldombinlaid    

Keith either makes more then rest of them, or walk. I wouldn't play second fiddle to that self serving bitch Mariah. Get rid of Mariah, and bring Randy back. The show's going to die.

694 days ago
30.

Michael    

Nicki has only been a star for a few short years. I thought that they couldn't make another bad decision. Then now Randy? Randy had some of the best insight and was a very good judge. Most of all, he is likeable and the last original judge. That was it for me Idol. I am done watching your commercial filled programming. It's not enough you have like 20 minutes of commercials per hour, you have to add more product placements all throughout the show now. It is disgusting and I am done with Idol. GL...you will need it.

694 days ago
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