‘American Idol’ Judge Keith Urban Was ‘Crucified’ As Reality Show Contestant

Singer remembers when an Australian reality show judge told him to 'get out of country music.'

Keith Urban has been there and done that when it comes to singing competitions. Aside from being a former judge on the Australian version of “The Voice,” he also appeared on a show similar to “American Idol” back in the day.

And, so before he’s too harsh on any contestants on the new season of “Idol,” the Australian country superstar just might want to remember the sting of the criticism he received as a kid.

“I did a show when I was 9. I actually did a show in Australia, one of these kinds of shows with three judges, and one of them just completely crucified me,” he recalled at a New York press conference for the new season of the hit Fox show. With fellow newbies Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj by his side, he remembered the words that judge on that show gave him.

“He also said to me, ‘I encourage you to get out of country music, just get rid of that of that nonsense get into some real music,’ ” he said, joking, “I obviously took it to heart.” (That person might want to note that Urban has gone on to score four Grammy Awards , 14 #1 singles in the United States and six platinum albums.)

While Urban may still have some beef with that judge, Minaj and Carey squashed rumors that they are feuding on set. “How are we gonna feud in two days? A feud takes a little longer to spread out [than that],” Carey shared at the same press conference, held Monday at Lincoln Center. “It’s fun, it’s music, it’s singing, it’s laughter.”

The trio of new judges was confirmed over the weekend, after months of speculation about who would fill the vacant seats alongside “Idol” vet Randy Jackson, who, besides host Ryan Seacrest, is the only face who has remained on the show since season one.

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