Keith Urban Plans to Be a Hands-On American Idol Judge (VIDEO)

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Interesting. American Idol judge, Keith Urban admits that during Hollywood week, he would dispense a little one on one advice to contestants in between performances! According to this interview with Access Hollywood, it appears that he intends to be a hands-on kinda judge.

Maybe that’s the influence of being a coach on The Voice Australia for a season. But he points out the advantage of Idol over The Voice– a show which tends to cast folks who have been floating around the business for awhile.

“People love to see undiscovered talent and talent that is raw.”

“And if it’s guided along the way…people enjoy watching us be wrong…and we will be.” He confessed.

“It’s incredibly interactive.”

Although the singer is even-keeled in comparison to his feuding table-mates Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, he’s fine with it. “I love being around passionate people. I’m very comfortable around it. At the end of the day, we actually all want the same thing.”

He waves away the idea that the producers contrived the feud for controversy. “At the end of the day, the guys and girls singing have to hold everybody’s attention.” he said, “They are more than going to do that.”

Watch the interview below.

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  • Aakash Mansukhani

    I think Keith Urban is the one that’ll be a breakout judge on the new American Idol panel, although he might be too nice. Lol it doesn’t really matter, Nicki Minaj is gonna be there to sh** on the contestants who don’t sing as well regardless.

  • pj

    If nothing else, he will be a wgwg that you can’t vote for.  So maybe a girl will when.  Ahhh… oh, never mind.  ;-)

    Besides, Idol peeps have also been floating around for a bit. I can name several who came to the idol stage with a bit of experience.  Even some the teens have had their share of gigs.

  • windmills

    I think Keith can be the guy who is most helpful and articulate in his comments no matter how involved the producers get with judges notes. I hope so anyway! He’s the only judge whose pre-show interviews I’ve been watching. 

  • Joe Crisco

    This seasons annoying phrase? “At the end of the day”! I’ve heard Nicki Minaj say it a trillion times already in the couple of interviews that I’ve seen of her, and Keith Urban said it in this interview about 700 times. I am annoyed by it ALREADY, but at the end of the day I guess it doesn’t really matter lol.

  • MyDailyComment

    What genre of music does keith urban sing?

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  • annie12120

    It’s a shame that the goodness of Keith Urban as a judge is over shadowed by the reality show manipulation of trash talking, celebrity fights, train wreck type edits we have been subjected to so far in the media.
    Oh and all the lies that seem to come from all sides as they ramp up the “free” advertising for the new season.
    For anyone not into this other type of reality show, it’s going to be tough trying to watch this year.
    Just keep the show “cheesy”, don’t go the Kardashian, Boo boo, Jersey Shore route…  please.
    Maintain some dignity…

  • Kesia Monteith

    Dignity? For a reality show? That’s funny…

  • tucker davis

    His genre is ‘country’, but very much ‘new country’. I’ve been to one of his shows, and it is the most entertaining I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen Carrie Underwood, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, etc). He is a fantastic musician…so he really can judge a wgwg! One of the reasons his shows are so entertaining is that his songs are very diverse (and he’s had a lot of hits!). He’s one judge I’d actually like to see perform during the season!

  • annie12120

    How about a drop of dignity? Or is it shred of dignity? lol

  • sabbia

    I admit…. I may just end up watching Idol this season to watch any possible histrionics between judges. (and I’m not a reality TV watcher outside of Project Runway and Design Star) There may very well be lots of others who will tune in to see some fireworks. The same-old, same-old singing competition format certainly is not going to draw any new viewers.

  • Miz

    Keith did a good job of evading the judges feuding questions no matter how many ways she tried to get something scathing out of him.

    I’m looking forward to his constructive criticism.

  • http://MJO judes

    Keith was great as a mentor on The Voice here so I am sure he will want to try & help some of the contestants. Previously there’s been little interaction between judges & contestants ,although Paula did manage some . Tucker I saw Keith in concert last year as well & I must say he really does put on a great show. When Kris Allen played at his concerts i am sure he learnt  a lot about stage craft & showmanship.

  • jumpstart4u

    I’m certain that Keith will be a great judge.  It’ll be hard for me to concentrate on what he says though *shallow time* …. he’s just so darn pretty.