Keith Urban Officially Resigns from The Voice Australia (Statement)

Keith Urban announces that he WON’T be back as coach on The Voice Australia Season 2, presumably paving the way to become a judge on American Idol:

“We were really happy to have Keith as part of the inaugural Voice crew and of course he will always remain part of The Voice family in Australia. We are currently in negotiations with super star musicians to fill the coaching roles (next year).”

Urban, who has reportedly signed a $4 million contract to join a reboot of American Idol, alongside Mariah Carey, Nicky Minaj and Randy Jackson, said in a statement: “I’ve been so fortunate to have been a part of The Voice.

And as much as I’d love to do it again, it’s clear that the recording and promoting of a new album, a tour and other commitments, will keep me from being a part of the second season.

To everyone who sang on the show, I thank you, you’ve inspired not just me, but countless others. To everyone behind the scens and to my on camera family Darren, Delta, Joel and Seal, thank you for making it so much fun. Keep watching Australia!”

Yep. Now we just need that OTHER announcement from FOX and American Idol!

Via Herald Sun

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  • TheGreatXL

    Obvious, but still an important step to finalize his Idol deal. Happy for him!

  • Valentin432

    It’s probably better for his carreer to be on Idol than on the Voice AUS, but it’s too bad because that panel really got along last year. 

  • snow_ghost

    I am assuming he is getting paid more with AI.   But still, I think he is underpaid, unless the 3 million reported was just for his hair and there is another 5 million for the rest of him.    I like Keith and am looking forward to him on the panel.   I remember his duet with Kris.   He seems like he really cares about the contestants.

  • Mateja Praznik

    I don’t like that he is jumping ship from one talent show franchise to another. I wouldn’t care if he signed up to do The Voice USA. But leaving The Voice Australia to do American Idol seems really disloyal. The Voice Australia clearly wanted him back for season 2.

  • Kirsten

    Sorry Australia, I’m looking forward to Keith being on Idol. I hope he is as fun and articulate as he was on your show.

    Yay Idol!

  • thirdtime

    Probably way more pay and definitely way more exposure for him in America. This is a good career move for him.  I don’t know much about him, but I’m interested to see how he does this year if he’s an Idol judge.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Now waiting for the other show to drop …. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I disagree. This is business, and there’s no reason for any of these celebrities to have any sense of “loyalty” towards any of these shows.

  • Eileen99

    If The Voice Aus decided they wanted/needed a new judge to replace Keith that would be better for their show, they wouldn’t hesitate to drop Keith.  I doubt showing loyalty to Keith would be a priority in their decision-making process.

    Let’s get on with the Idol announcement please.

  • supersonic

    Okay.  Get to see that beautiful face and hear that awesome accent on TV every week.  Let’s go.

  • sweetmm

    In this industry there is no loyalty; K Clarkson of AI jumped on TVoice ship and WillIAm of TVoice UK jumped on XF US.  Now Keith Urban from TVoice Aus to AI. What I don’t understand is why they kept recycling the same people, as if there are not enough celebrities around to choose from.

  • sdmama

    Do you think Voice Australia might be interested in hiring Randy?

  • Larc

    What I don’t understand is why they kept recycling the same people, as
    if there are not enough celebrities around to choose from.

    There really may not be that many who are willing to do it.  My guess is most celebrities these shows would want don’t see such a commitment being worthwhile for them.

  • Madred

    Most celebrities don’t like the talent shows because they are forced to criticize people to the point it could cause them backlash. P!nk has stated that as the reason she rejected offers from The Voice, Idol and X-Factor in the past. Other artists have also said they are nothing but over glorified karaoke shows that don’t reflect the best talent out there most of the time. Such as contestants being used to draw in ratings for being more personality over true talent, while talented people who don’t have an image are sent packing before the judges ever see them. 
    Urbans target audience watches Idol and his sales are going to be stronger in the US than in Australia regardless. So, this is a good move for him. 

  • John S

     Paula and Simon jumping from AI to XF was really disloyal too then.

  • Mateja Praznik

     Not really. Paula left Idol before X Factor came to the US and I don’t think X Factor was the reason she left Idol.
    Simon’s loyalty to Idol franchise went out the door when he created the X Factor. He did that after Pop Idol went on hiatus in the UK after season 2. Then Fuller sued him and in the end, Simon had to stay as a judge on American Idol until the end of season 9 and he was not able to bring X Factor to the US until then. Idol’s TPTB knew that season 9 was the end of Simon Cowell on American Idol well in advance.

    It’s different with Keith Urban. He was a coach on the first season of The Voice Australia. It was a successful season and they wanted him back for season 2. But, no … He quit to join another franchise in another country. I’m actually surprised American Idol was so desperate for a country judge that they were willing to go after a judge from The Voice Australia. Why didn’t they just steal the 4 judges from The Voice USA?

  • Claude Dee

    Maybe The Voice Australia should start negotiating with Brad Paisley? :)

  • Sonya Dunn

    Would Idol have any say in who Keith uses as a support act here on his short Oz tour in Jan/Feb? We were assuming it would be his Voice contestant, Darren (who was runner up) but now wondering if that could change.

  • Eilonwy

    Would Idol have any say in who Keith uses as a support act here on his short Oz tour in Jan/Feb?

    That depends whether the issue came up in his negotiations with Idol and, if so, what agreement was reached. There’s not an obvious standard answer.

    While Keith Urban is less famous than Mariah Carey, I suspect that’s not the only reason for his lower-priced compensation package. He may have decided it’s worth forgoing $$$ and/or perks in order to have less Idol meddling in other aspects of his career. If so, that’s a reasonable negotiating stance.

  • Not fit to print

    Won’t Keith be busy with Idol in late January/February? How can he tour OZ at the same time?

  • judes

    That’s what i asked before Not fit to print. Someone told me the live shows aren’t until February. 
    I can understand Keith’s touring & recording would be against him doing The Voice here in Australia but wouldn’t it also go against him doing Idol? 
    I’m still waiting for the official announcement to see if all this speculation was worth it!!

  • mileyfan123

     No actually, that is when idol starts, but until March they are taped shows.

  • Jazz_11

    “Paula and Simon jumping from AI to XF was really disloyal too then. ”

    Disloyal to WHO? AI or to Fox. Simon’s still with Fox. Simon’s ready to bail out of AI few years earlier than S9 and ready to sell his XFactor show to any network. But Fox asked him to stay till S9, in return XFactor Simon and XFactor stay with Fox network.