Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban loves watching the American Idol contestants grow as artists over the course of a season, but he’s also picking up a lot of new fans thanks to his role as a judge on the show. That means a lot of Idol viewers are coming to see Keith’s concerts for the first time.

“People can sort of discover our music that may not have heard about it through any other way,” Keith says. “The thing I like about shows like that is that people get to spend some time getting to know you separate to the music. When they come to the shows, they sort of feel like they know you a little bit. So, I’m a big fan of that.”

Fox has made it official: Keith, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. are returning to American Idol for the singing competition’s 14th season, which will premiere in early 2015. Ryan Seacrest will again join them as the show’s host.

American Idol executive producer Trish Kinane says in a statement, “I am delighted that our dream team of Jennifer, Keith and Harry is back for American Idol XIV. Their experience, humor and passion for new talent has made them one of Idol’s strongest-ever judging panels, and coupled with the expertise and charisma of Ryan Seacrest, we are ready to get out there to find the best talent in America.”

Keith is currently on tour in Australia. He begins a run of shows in North America starting July 12 at the Calgary Stampede in Alberta, Canada.

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