'American Idol' Season 12: Keith Urban brings 'Voice' lessons to his judging

Thanks to several major changes in the judging panel, "American Idol" is being reborn. Again.Paula Abdul was the first of the originals to leave, freeing up space for Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres. They departed, as did Simon Cowell, in 2010 ... opening seats for Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. They're gone now, too, so remaining judge Randy Jackson and host Ryan Seacrest will be joined by several other music superstars -- Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban -- when the FOX talent competition starts its 12th season of twice-weekly airings Wednesday, Jan. 16.In recent months, country music staple Urban has been working "Idol" auditions into a packed itinerary. It also has entailed Nashville recording sessions for his next album, the planning of an upcoming concert tour and visits to his Oscar-winning wife, Nicole Kidman, in France, where she's been filming a biography of Princess Grace of Monaco."I've been racking up some serious miles,"...



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