Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images Photo: Keith Urban at the 2013 Academy of Country Music Awards

After saying yesterday that he 'would come back' next season, Keith Urban now says 'there is talk' about him returning to Fox's American Idol.

He said he would come back because he loves the adventure and journey the contestants go through to make it to the top, and that he really enjoys being a mentor for rising stars.

And one thing is for certain, Keith sang his little country heart out last night, performing in at least two songs — his own and with Randy and runner-up Kree Harrison. 

Backstage after the finale, Keith opened up more about the possibility of coming back.

“I have no idea. All I know is that there is talk about it,” he says. “For me, I’m in the studio literally this week finishing up my album and putting a tour together, hitting the road in July. So onwards.”

Keith also admitted he was at a loss for ideas on filling longtime judge Randy Jackson's seat next year.

”Randy is irreplaceable. He’s an original. I have no idea. As they always say, more should be revealed.”

So while Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey are reportedly out and Randy definitely is, will the American Idol producers allow Keith to stay on?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Credit: FOX Photo: Keith Urban Performs "Little Bit of Everything" on American Idol 2013 Finale Results