Keith Urban

Format American Idol

Keith Urban KU

Judge Keith Urban

Keith Urban
Birth Name
Keith Lionel Urban
singer/songwriter, musician
October 26, 1967
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".

Personal LifeEdit

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

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.



  • 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)
American Idol
1  · 2  · 3  · 4 · 5  · 6  · 7  · 8  · 9  · 10  · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15
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)
Ryan Seacrest (Seasons 1-15) · Brian Dunkleman (Season 1)
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
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
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"
From Justin to Kelly · Juniors · Christmas

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