The country singer says he would return for season 13 if offered a spot on the panel
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There is at least one American Idol judge who wants to be back on the panel next season: Keith Urban.

Asked at Wednesday’s big showdown between Kree Harrison and Candice Glover if he would like to be a judge on season 13, the country superstar said, “I would. I mean, I literally enjoy coming to work every day, and that’s a rarity.”

This comes after veteran judge Randy Jackson announced he is leaving the show and rumors that producers plan to replace the entire season 12 panel.

“I joined an ensemble like this in the same way I joined a band,” Urban, 45, told reporters of sitting alongside Jackson and dueling divas Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. “I like being in a team and I felt that immediately, with [host Ryan Seacrest] and Randy, particularly.”

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Urban’s inaugural season was marked with the backstage drama of declining ratings and constant media attention on the ongoing apparent feud between Minaj and Carey. But the country singer understands that being on a panel also means being judged himself.

“It’s funny. I think everybody is judging,” said Urban, who will perform his new single “A Little Bit of Everything” on Idol‘s Thursday night finale. “Everyone at home is judging us, judging them, judging everybody.”

Whether Urban is invited back by producers is yet to be revealed, but he will sit on the judges’ panel at least one more time Thursday as either Kree Harrison or Candice Glover takes home the title of season 12’s American Idol.