Carey, for her part, has yet to comment on her future with Idol. But as Us Weekly reported on May 13, she’s currently planning a brand-new world tour, tied to the success of her new single with Miguel, “#Beautiful.” (To date, the tune has hit number one in 25 countries.)
Country singer Urban is also mum on whether he’s returning for season 13. But Jackson, the only judge who has been with “Idol” since its start in 2002, is officially moving on.
“Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided it is time to leave after this season,” he announced on May 9. “I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It’s been a life changing opportunity, but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures.”