We’re loving Keith Urban on American Idol this season, so we wanted to know who he’s loving this year!

Wetpaint Entertainment spoke to Keith on February 21 during a Fox conference call and asked him if he thought a country singer just might win the Season 12 crown.

“There’s a few in there for sure,” Keith says about this year’s strong country crop. Care to go out on a limb and let us know who in particular has caught your ear, Keith?

The first name on the tip of Keith’s tongue: 22-year-old Kree Harrison, whom he says is “definitely a contender.” We’re with him on that one!

“Certainly, Kree is an extraordinarily gifted singer in an unusual way ‘cause she’s just so effortless in the way she sings,” Keith explains.

“There’s nothing theatrical and large about her as a performer,” he adds. “There’s just this incredibly authentic voice — in the same way that Adele has that incredibly authentic voice — and I just believe her when she sings.”

We agree that Kree is definitely an early standout, as she proved this week with her amazing rendition of “Up to the Mountain.” 

We can’t wait to find out if Keith’s hunch turns out to be right!

Credit: FOX Photo: Watch Kree Harrison Sing "Up To the Mountain" in American Idol 2013 Las Vegas Round 1