After 15 seasons, the hit FOX vocal competition American Idol is coming to an end ... or is it? Country icon Keith Urban, who joined the cast of celebrity judges in 2012, says fans may not have to say goodbye forever, after all.

“I’ve been hearing more and more that there’s so much love out there for Idol that it may continue on in some form somewhere else. I don’t know. I just know there’s so much talk about it maybe being the final season where it is. And, at some point coming back to life again, so who knows,” he tells Country Countdown USA.

Urban's not ready to wash and hang dry his iconic red Coca-Cola cup just yet, either. He says if a new Idol came to fruition, he’d be up for sticking around.

“I’d be open to it because it’s a fun part of my year,” the singer admits. "My primary love professionally is writing songs, making records, and touring. That’s what I love more than anything. But Idol fits in beautifully to that, so I certainly enjoy doing it.”

American Idol has brought country music some of its biggest stars since its launch in 2001, including, of course, Carrie Underwood, but also introducing to fans Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Kellie Pickler and Kelly Clarkson, who has dabbled in the genre from time to time.

Urban has also been busy earning his 18th No. 1 single with “Raise ‘Em Up," a duet with Eric Church serving as the fifth single to his most recent album, Fuse. The artist recently celebrated its ascent to the top of the charts with cowriter Jaren Johnston of the Cadillac Three.

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