Superstar Keith Urban has officially resigned as a coach on Australia’s “The Voice.”
The singer released a statement announcing his resignation today.
“I’ve been so fortunate to have been a part of ‘The Voice.’ 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,” he said (quote via the Herald Sun). “To everyone who sang on the show, I thank you, you’ve inspired not just me, but countless others. To everyone behind the scens and to my on camera family Darren, Delta, Joel and Seal, thank you for making it so much fun. Keep watching Australia!”
The network’s director of programming also commented on Urban’s departure from the 2013 season.
“We were really happy to have Keith as part of the inaugural Voice crew and of course he will always remain part of ‘The Voice’ family in Australia,” said Michael Healy. “We are currently in negotiations with super star musicians to fill the coaching roles (next year).”
This news comes after weeks upon weeks of speculation that Urban will be joining the cast of “American Idol.” Earlier today, Katie Couric revealed that Urban has in fact accepted the offer from “Idol.”
Couric told former “American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez that “Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy [Jackson]” were announced as judges. Following Couric’s statement, a Fox represntative told ABCNews.com not to jump to conclusions.
“Please note that the only confirmed judge for ‘American Idol’ is Mariah Carey,” Fox said in the statement. “No other judges have been announced at this time.”
Many are expecting “American Idol” producers to make the official announcement by the end of the week.