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Keith Urban: Former Reality Show Contestant-Turned-Judge

Keith Urban

Keith Urban photo by Beau Grealy, courtesy of GQ Australia.

Keith Urban is in the judge’s chair on American Idol these days, but before he was a household name he took a turn as a contestant. As a young, talented musician in Australia, Keith made a go at not one but three different talent shows.

“The first one was when I was nine,” Keith said. “It was called Pot of Gold.  And then two other ones, one was called Stairway to the Stars and one was called, and I kid you not, it’s called Have a Go Show. And I was on Have a Go Show and bombed dismally. I was 12, so what do I care?  I’m like, ‘Scrape off the knees and get back on the horse.’”

Keith and fellow American Idol judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson just kicked off the 12th season of American Idol. Catch it on Fox Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8p|7c.

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