Keith Urban stopped by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Tuesday (May 14) to make a big “American Idol” announcement.

“Well, of course Randy’s leaving … and I’m here to announce today that I’m going to be replacing Randy … bittersweet, really. I’m going to miss Randy, I gotta say. He’s a beautiful part of that whole institution that is ‘Idol,'” says Urban.

FOX has already said that next season, it’s “likely” the “Idol” judges panel will go back to three judges — we wonder who will be flanking Urban? Do you hope Mariah Carey or Nicki Minaj return?

However you feel about the rest of the judges, Urban has been a shining star on Season 12 and we’re excited he’s coming back.

He goes on to talk about the upcoming finals showdown between Candice Glover and Kree Harrison — “It’s a girl’s year to win. I’m not a betting man, but I like the odds,” Urban cracks.

But in all seriousness, he says it’s hard to say who is going to win.

“I think Candice has a bit of the edge, just based on her powerhouse vocals of the last few performances. But Kree is an amazing singer,” says Urban.

The “American Idol” finals air Wednesday and Thursday, May 15 and 16, on FOX.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."