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Keith Lionel Urban (born October 26, 1967) is a New Zealand-Australian country music singer-songwriter and musician. He released his self-titled debut album in 1999 and has achieved success since then with such hits as "Where The Blacktop Ends", "Somebody Like You", "You'll Think of Me", "Once in A Lifetime" and "Stupid Boy". He has won many awards including four Grammy Awards. Urban was even a judge/mentor on the Australian version of The Voice. He was a judge on American Idol from season 12 to season 15.

American IdolEdit

Urban joined longtime Idol judge Randy Jackson, pop icon Mariah Carey and rapper Nicki Minaj on the judging panel for season 12 where his warm personality endeared him to many fans of the show as well as the contestants. His musical knowledge has even earned him praise from critics.

Despite the feuding that was happening between Carey and Minaj, many felt that Urban was able to hold his own despite the chaos going on around him.

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Keith with Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr.

Urban jokingly announced on May 14, 2013 during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he would be returning for season 13 but did admit that he would love to return. Urban later confirmed his return to the show on Twitter on August 1, 2013. He was joined on the panel by singer-actress Jennifer Lopez and crooner Harry Connick, Jr. All three judges stayed on the show until it ended on April 7, 2016. Urban even co-wrote season 15 winner Trent Harmon's winning single "Falling".

Post Idol Edit

Since the show's cancellation on Fox, Urban has continued working on his music and touring. He released his tenth album, Graffiti U, in April 2018. He will be an advisor to fellow country music superstar Blake Shelton on season 15 of the NBC show The Voice.

Personal LifeEdit

Urban has been married to Academy Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman since 2006. The couple have two children, daughters Sunday
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Keith with his wife, actress Nicole Kidman

Rose and Faith. He also has two stepchildren, Isabella and Connor, from his wife's first marriage to superstar actor Tom Cruise.

Death of father-in-lawEdit

On September 12, 2014, Urban's father-in-law, Antony Kidman, died unexpectedly in Singapore. Urban left the Idol auditions to be with his wife Nicole and their family.

Official Account Edit

DiscographyEdit

Albums:

  • Keith Urban (1999)
  • Golden Road (2002)
  • Be Here (2004)
  • Love, Pain & the Whole Crazy Thing (2006)
  • Defying Gravity (2009)
  • Get Closer (2010)
  • Fuse (2013)
  • Ripcord (2016)
  • Graffiti U (2018)
American Idol
Seasons
1  · 2  · 3  · 4 · 5  · 6  · 7  · 8  · 9  · 10  · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15 · 16 · 17 · 18
Judges
Simon Cowell (Seasons 1-9)  · Paula Abdul (Seasons 1-8) · Randy Jackson (Seasons 1-12) · Kara DioGuardi (Seasons 8-9) · Ellen DeGeneres (Season 9) · Steven Tyler (Seasons 10-11)  · Nicki Minaj (Season 12)  · Mariah Carey (Season 12) · Jennifer Lopez (Seasons 10-11,13-15)  · Keith Urban (Seasons 12-15)  · Harry Connick, Jr. (Seasons 13-15)  · Katy Perry (Seasons 16-)  · Luke Bryan (Seasons 16-)  · Lionel Richie (Seasons 16-)
Hosts
Ryan Seacrest (Seasons 1-16) · Brian Dunkleman (Season 1)
Winners
Kelly Clarkson · Ruben Studdard · Fantasia Barrino · Carrie Underwood · Taylor Hicks · Jordin Sparks · David Cook · Kris Allen · Lee DeWyze · Scotty McCreery · Phillip Phillips · Candice Glover · Caleb Johnson · Nick Fradiani · Trent Harmon · Maddie Poppe
Runners-up
Justin Guarini · Clay Aiken · Diana DeGarmo · Bo Bice · Katharine McPhee · Blake Lewis · David Archuleta · Adam Lambert · Crystal Bowersox · Lauren Alaina · Jessica Sanchez · Kree Harrison · Jena Irene · Clark Beckham · La'Porsha Renae · Caleb Lee Hutchinson
Coronation Songs
"A Moment Like This" · "Flying Without Wings" · "I Believe" · "Inside Your Heaven" · "Do I Make You Proud" · "This Is My Now" · "The Time of My Life" · "No Boundaries" · "Beautiful Day" · "I Love You This Big" · "Home" · "I Am Beautiful" · "As Long As You Love Me" · "Beautiful Life" · "Falling" · "Going Going Gone" · "Flame"
Spin-offs
From Justin to Kelly · Juniors · Christmas
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