Herald Sun - Switched On - - On The Couch - BY DAR­REN DEV­LYN

MANY of us knew him as the mu­sic star whose ca­reer took him from Tam­worth to Ten­nesee, and for his mar­riage to Ni­cole Kid­man.

Af­ter ap­pear­ing as a judge on The Voice, how­ever, Keith Ur­ban’s pro­file sky­rock­eted.

Ur­ban was a stand­out ‘‘ dis­cov­ery’’ on the rat­ings hit, which show­cased his charm and mu­si­cal cool like never be­fore. No won­der Amer­i­can Idol pro­duc­ers swooped on Ur­ban and poached him for a re­ported $4 mil­lion. When you think about how you find con­fi­dence as a singer, what’s it like to watch the Idol singers find their con­fi­dence? It’s tremen­dous. I never for­get the en­vi­ron­ment they’re work­ing in, too. You’re young, 18 or what­ever, and you’re stand­ing there in front of us and count­less mil­lions watch­ing at home, but you’ve got lim­ited time to do your thing. I have a tremen­dous amount of em­pa­thy for the en­vi­ron­ment that they’re work­ing in. You and Nicki Mi­naj clearly ad­mire each other. When we got into shoot­ing what I really liked about Nicki was her straight shoot­ing. For me, grow­ing up in Aus­tralia, I like be­ing around peo­ple that are just ab­so­lutely raw and straight and tell it like it is. You have been nice on the show. How do you ap­proach be­ing crit­i­cal? I feel like I’ve been able to do that when I need to. I’m just try­ing to think if it’s some­thing I can say that isn’t some­thing that’s just straight soul crush­ing and not help­ful for them. I don’t see any worth in that. I’m try­ing to give spe­cific di­rec­tion. And it’s just my opin­ion. It’s not to say it’s a fact. Amer­i­can Idol has mil­lions of fans. Are your daugh­ters twoof them? They ac­tu­ally came down (to the set) for a lit­tle while. Nic and I love them be­ing around that kind of en­vi­ron­ment, watch­ing peo­ple sing, per­form and be­ing around the mu­sic. Do they have mu­si­cal prom­ise? I don’t know. It cer­tainly won’t be through lack of ac­cess to it all. We have in­stru­ments around the house and I sit at the pi­ano and play with both the girls. Just this morn­ing, I had the mu­sic cranked up dur­ing break­fast and they would sort of eat a bit and then start danc­ing and then go back and eat a bit more. I just thought: ‘What an awe­some way to start the morn­ing.’ Your sched­ule is crazy with con­certs, tours, ap­pear­ances, Idol and be­ing a hus­band and dad. Do you have plans to take it down a notch? It’s a huge hon­our that I get to do all of it. I have an ex­tra­or­di­nary team around me be­cause it really does take a vil­lage. And I have an ex­traor­di­nary­wife in Nic who’s an amaz­ing mother. She just does a beau­ti­ful job of help­ing keep it all in bal­ance. Amer­i­can Idol, Chan­nel 10, Thurs­day 7.30pm

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