Country crooner Keith Urban has revealed he will not be returning to The Voice for a second season.
“I’ve been so fortunate to have been a part of The Voice,” Keith said a statement.
“And as much as I’d love to do it again, it’s clear that the recording and promoting of a new album, a tour and other commitments will keep me from being a part of the second season.
“To everyone who sang on the show, I thank you. You’ve inspired not just me, but countless others. To everyone behind the scenes, and to my on-camera family Darren, Delta, Joel and Seal, thank you for making it so much fun. Keep watching Australia.”
Nine’s Director of Television, Michael Healy, confirmed that negotiations are currently underway with ‘superstar musicians’ to fill the coaching roles on the show in 2013. There is no word yet on whether the other three coaches, Delta Goodrem, Joel Madden and Seal, will return to the panel.
For weeks there have been rumours that 44-year-old Keith has been in talks to join the American Idol judging panel, with The Hollywood Reporter suggesting he is close to signing a contract worth $3-4 million per season.
“I would love to do it and hopefully that happens,” Keith said of the American Idol offer.
“I did get to do a similar role in Australia for The Voice, and I really enjoyed it. The thing about those shows is that mentoring aspect… it’s about passing it on.”
If Keith does join the American talent show, he will team up with confirmed judges Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson.