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Keith Urban Weighs In On the Young Ages of This Season's 'American Idol' Contestants

Keith Urban Weighs In On the Young Ages of This Season's 'American Idol' Contestants

Keith Urban is quite easy on the eyes as he steps out of his car at LAX Airport on Thursday evening (March 20) in Los Angeles.

The 46-year-old entertainer just weighed in on the general young age of this season’s top ten contestants on American Idol.

“The environment they’re in is not Little League, but the environments these guys and girls have come from, in many cases, is Little League,” Keith told USA Today. “We’re in the odd spot of having to figure out how to give them guidance when they’ve done this quantum leap from tiny little towns in America to the stage in Hollywood in front of millions of people.”

“We’re trying to make them artists who can make a record, find an audience, get on radio, put together a tour and have a long-term career. They’re all at different stages of digesting what that is and what it takes,” Keith added.

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  • maclen

    Yeah, JLo is making excuses for why this group of singers are so lackluster…

    “In an interview on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Jennifer Lopez tells Ellen DeGeneres that Season 13′s crop of “American Idol” contestants were “thrown to the sharks too early,” and that’s why the live shows have been so lackluster.”

    …and as the writer of this article points out…WHOSE fault is that? Despite the “PR” facade that this “new” group of judges is the best EVER…they are in fact subpar talents…and as I pointed out in the past…”hasbeens” who are simply too superficial and mediocre to judge “musical talent.” JLo “lip syncing” her performance tells you HER commitment to the job she was “given”…judging other’s “live performances” is an empty promise. Orb and JLO are the “frick and frack” of empty platitudes….and this season’s viewers and this batch of lackluster performers are a testiment to that fact.

  • Lioness

    I don’t care who wins! I watch Idol just to see Keith Urban! He’s an awesome live entertainer and can play the heck out of a guitar!
    Maclen….you stress too much over a TV show! I do agree that JLo’s performance last night was hideous and so are her outfits.

  • Keith Urban

    Is SO gay!

  • Ella

    He’s a total girl. He is so gay my gaydar actually broke.

  • maclen

    Believe me…I do not “stress” over a tv show. As a HUGE fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000…I live by the lines in the theme song…

    sing along…

    “If your wondering how he eats and breathes, and other science facts…then repeat to yourself it’s just a show…I should really just relax.
    For Mystery Science Theater 3000.

  • maclen

    Yes…hard to tell at this point…if this recent PR push by orb for Idol…what with his laughable “philosophy” of being an Idol judge…or this “cultivate the youthful and fragile talent… and what not…whether it is to actually attempt to salvage this very debacle of a season. Or is it just to lay the “ground work” …to grease his way back onto the show next season…if it returns next year? One would assume that JLo would not be returning if another season follows…seeing how she’s sold a pilot to star in on NBC I believe. But surely, if she COULD get another $17mil out of Fox she would no doubt return. But orb…what’s he got? After the show ends…he’s off on his “marathon” of touring I suppose. SImply…paraphrasing…”working harder…not smarter.”

  • http://comcast Joni

    There are seven comments made so far. All but two are made by the same person known as THE CRAZY ONE, maclan and about 20 other names she uses. She cannot make up her mind, Keith is gay or a womanizer, depends on which gray mood she’s in. Nicole and Keith’s marriage fake, one lie right after another. I watch American Idol also because I am a big fan of J Lo and Keith. Keith has a great wife and daughters and he adores them. This just drives THE CRAZY ONE wild when anything nice is said about The Urban Family. Good Night The Crazy One, hope you don’t dream about The Urbans all night.

  • Mareille

    The USA Today interview is fantadtic. Read it in its entirety. Keith shows so much understanding. It’s why he’s a great judge and a.great artist.

  • Cari

    Sorry but whether you or others like it or not Urban is still one of the top C&W acts out there with millions of fans and dozens of hits and awards.

  • maclen


    Well, if he has “millions of fans”…why has his album only sold about 300k in the past 6 months? His “remaining” fans seem to still look at orb with eyes from 2005….and want to believe he is still relevant because he can perform on award shows and play on national tv. Those “performances” are for promotion…they are not “achievements’ in and of themselves…they are to try to get people to buy their albums and go to their live shows. Your “opinion” that he is still a “top act” is just that…an opinion….backed up by nothing else. Meanwhile, my “opinion” he has become irrelevant is backed up with facts, stats and numbers…that show he is in serious decline.

  • Sheri

    I adore Keith Urban and have been a major fan for 10 years … but he really needs to grow out his hair again. This new haircut is awful – even though he is still gorgeous :)

  • http://comcast Joni

    @ Sheri. Agree with you 100 percent, but I am sure he won’t read any comments from JJ.

  • http://comcast Patricia

    @ maclan and other fifty names you use. I’ll bet Keith should thank you for keeping track of his financial status on albums sold etc. If it is true, I doubt it, sounds like he is still making money. I just read Keith’s net worth 45 million and Keith and Nicoles net worth combined 170 million. I think you should quit worrying about Keith’s album sales and how many attended his concerts and work on your own mental status. You have a real problem.

  • Carolyn

    I love seeing Keith on American Idol twice a week. You can tell how much he’s enjoying it as you watch. He loves touring, too, especially now that he’s got lots of new music. I can’t see the purpose of some people coming here to criticize him all the time. He certainly has more talent and accomplishments than they’ll ever have. Yet they look down their noses and belittle him like they’re some kind of high and mighty judges whose opinions matter. You’d think they’d have something better to do with their lives.

  • http://comcast Patricia

    I think you call it Big Time Jealousy, some people cannot stand someone that is as talented and successful as Keith. Most of these mean and thoughtless remarks are made by one person using multiple names. There aren’t that many deranged people around.

  • http://comcast Rachael

    OMG. Keith is so hot. !!!!

  • maclen

    It’s interesting how fans on this site charge the critics of orb or kidman as making baseless and unsubstantiated “lies and slander” bordering on “psychosis”…about “people they DONT even know.” Yet these same fans have no qualms about making baseless and unsubstantiated comments about the critics. Believe me…I KNOW more about orb’s and kidman’s “personal life”…because they releases alot of that info in talk shows and magazine interviews …radio interviews…than any fan on this board KNOWS about MY “personal life” other than what I have commented on in online public forums. And two facts I’ve basically revealed is that I am a big fan of The Beatles…and most recently, MST3K. The “theories” of my gender and identity have been pretty hilarious. But then….ONLY critics make up “unsubstantiated” lies and stories, right?

  • @maclen

    Well, you sound like a prissy old man to me. What a massive grudge you hold against Keith and Nicole. It’s ridiculous. I doubt that you’ve even been to a live Urban concert. We don’t have to know your personal life to know what kind of person you are. That comes across loud and clear in your posts. Narcissist. Needs attention. Back peddles to cover up lies. Has delusions of grandeur. Manipulative. Egocentric. Long winded. Sarcastic. No sense of shame. You’ve revealed your character, and it’s a pretty ugly picture.

  • Wooo

    Urban is such a girl. Perfect for Nicole.

  • Keep up the good work

    @@maclen:I disagree. maclen would make a great journalist because maclen displays the following journalistic traits: determined, inquisitive, accurate, Intelligent, realistic, Informative, insightful, well read, perceptive.

    And to be a good journalist, you need to:

    Be a SKEPTIC – A good journalist is one who doesn’t take things on face value. Press releases or information given to them from people pushing for a certain agenda is only a starting point for a good journalist. Good journalists question sources and are always prepared to dig around until they get facts they are satisfied with.

  • Behind The Curtain

    @Keep up the good work: No , journalists look for THE FACTS, not facts they are satisfied with. You call yourself a skeptic but sorry, you’re just liars.

    At the cuckoo board the liars have been posting all week Nicole hasn’t made a statement regarding L’Wren Scott’s death. She made one on the 18th.

    Nicole Kidman: I went and lit a candle for my beautiful friend L’Wren this morning. 22 years of friendship and love. I will miss her dreadfully but may she rest in peace. The world will not be the same without you. Love, Nic xx

    Tara aka x aka hitnrun put out this lie -” youneverknow, shes not commenting on Scott’s death because she doesn’t want that story to upstage the Connor Cruise article which her PR team is keeping in the news. ”

    Also, you’ll see the skeptics claim Nicole is hiding out to heal from plastic surgery. Her 150th b00b job if you count how many times they’ve said that’s what was going on.

    Maclen the liar posted ” My thought was she is hiding out…she hasnt been snapped out in public since March 3rd…was for some touch up facial procedures…who knows…maybe even a upgrade of breast implant. I havent noticed if she has yet surfaced in public anywhere.”

    However, go to twitter where anybody can search or fansites where tweets and photos are reposted and you’ll find sightings/pics of Nicole at home in Nashville over the past few weeks at the following: with Keith at their usual Starbucks, with Keith outside of Whole Foods, with Keith at the Franklin guitar show, with Faith at her music class, picking up the girls at ballet, with Keith at the Green Hills Mall, with the family at Cheekwood, with Keith eating at Pinewood Social, and today at the Hall of Fame Songwriter Sessions.

    J Graigory @JGraigory · 5h @countrymusichof after incredible Songwriter Session by @shanemcanally & @ohmyjoshosborne! @NicoleKidman @KeithUrban

    Liz Moriondo @lizmoriondo Got 2c @shanemcanally play his hits 2day while @KeithUrban sat bhind me w Nicole singing harmony #onlyinnashville #blessed w/@TreyStokes03

    Skeptics are liars. Mary and Tara, you’ll never pull one over on anybody.

  • Not so SOLID after all

    Isn’t is astonishing how there is not a single TWITTER SIGHTING or PHOTO of Nicole with Connor and Bella is the past 8 years. We see Nicole papped out and about with her trainer, shopping etc. but not a single TWITTER SIGHTING or PHOTO of Connor, Bella and mom.

  • maclen

    @Keep up the good work:

    Thanks for the compliment. Yes, the most important quality for an investigative journalist is “skepticism.” Do not take what people say… with an “agenda” to push…at face value. In politics it is VERY important…in the “entertainment” biz it is simply a novel hobby. What goes on in here though…is “opinion commentary.” Fans come on here and say,

    “OMG. Keith is so hot. !!!!”

    …that is opinion. Some may agree, others will disagree. Again, the fans here will simply offer their opinion…while I will offer an opinion based on information that I have read or looked into. For instance…I will say,

    “orb’s career is in trouble because his cd sales are in drastic decline.”

    …and I will reference the Roughstock website that posts country album sales direct from Soundscan…that show he has only sold about 300k cds in the past 7 months. And usually, a “fan” response to my opinion based on the sales info…will be…

    “Cd sales dont matter…he has millions of fans!”

    …again, all opinion and not one iota of info or source to back it up. Clearly my comments rile up the here….because clearly there is a truth to them based on actual stats and numbers which reveal that fact. Which also explain their vitriol towards them.

  • http://comcast Joni

    Come on THE CRAZZZZZY ONE, we know every negative remark made on this site are all from you. What in the hell is wrong with you, oh that’s right, I forgot, your crazy !!!!

  • Behind The Curtain

    Lie more and deflect. Pretend they weren’t caught red-handed being intentionally deceitful. What’s success for everyone else cannot apply for The Urbans. That’s all the skeptics know how to do.

  • http://comcast Monica

    Comment 25: Come on The Crazy One, we know it is you. I’m even catching on to you. You are to be pitied, to carry that much hate for someone you don’t know.

  • Me3

    His posts certainly get a lot of comments. Seems relevant to me. Household name. Millions in the bank. I wish I was in such bad shape. ;)
    Rock on, Keith! (and fire your hair stylist.)

  • maclen

    “His posts certainly get a lot of comments.”

    Yes, there was certainly a MASSIVE spike recently in comments on the previous orb comment board. There were 247 comments… I wonder why?

  • Behind The Curtain

    @maclen: You couldn’t stop lying, that’s why. You get what you deserve Mary.

    Taralea is just as bad. There’s photos of Nicole abd her older kids right on this site. How dumb does she think everybody else is?

  • Behind The Curtain

    Poor maclen. Her cuckoo hate board will be her undoing. Michele couldn’t help her out and tell everybody, until I posted the truth, that Nicole has not been in hiding. Then Michele really puts her foot in her mouth and says they are the most seen couple. How can that be when skeptics insist Nicole doesn’t live in Nashville? Gee Michele, you need some meds to keep your head straight. X has a doctor you can see.

  • Oh dear

    ‘Behind The Curtain’ there is a psychopath ready to pounce on anyone who criticizes KUNK.

  • curious

    @Behind The Curtain: where are the pics and Twitter sightings of Nicole with Bella and Connor within the last 8 years?

  • ?

    “I went and lit a candle for my pretentious friend L’Wren Scott aka Luann Bambrough this morning. 22 years of free designer clothes and insincere friendship. I will miss her freebies dreadfully but may she rest in peace. My smoke and mirrors PR world will not be the same without you. Love, Nic xx”

  • http://comcast Patricia

    Three fourths of the comments are from the same person, known as THE CRAZY ONE, she and her other thirty fake names. Any negative comments and you can almost be assured it is from TCO, the hate and jealousy this person has for someone she doesn’t know is almost fascinating because it is so unbelievable. This odd person needs Pity and a padded cell in psyco ward.

  • maclen

    So… I was just noticing that in two of the photos posted on this article…orb has a red mark on his right cheek. A couple of weeks ago he had a larger bruise on his left cheek under his eye…which a commenter explained was caused when orb was taking selfies with brunette tween/teens on Idol. If you look at two photos from the above set…the red mark is on his right check… is from the side of his nose and underlines his cheek implant. So the question is…is orb now continually “losing control of his faculties” and getting bashed in the face leaving noticable marks? Is it simply age that is causing this obvious clumsiness…or is he voluntarily “numbing” himself with the help of pharmaceutical aids? Is he puffing the “magic dragon”…or riding “henry the horse”…or walking the “white line?”

    Note: the preceding was PURE “opinion commentary.”

  • Kelley

    Oh dear, curious, ?, woo, Not so solid, Ella, # 3 Keith Urban: I’m certain it isn’t the first time you’ve been told this, but I’ll say it anyway. You’re an a$$hole.

    maclen: I’m certain it isn’t the first time you’ve been told this, but I’ll say it anyway. You’re an a$$hole.

  • maclen

    I nominate “Kelly” for the “best and the brightest’ of the fansies on this board. Who will second that?

  • http://comcast Joni

    @ maclan-THE CRAZY ONE: in reference to comment made by you # 28, we know why there are a massive amount of comments because over three fourths of them are made by you. you went off the deep end a long time ago, when it comes to The Beautiful Urban Family. Go take a tranquilizer and get some rest, you certainly need to rest that sick brain of yours.

  • http://Website Joy

    The only reason I watch Idol is because of Keith Urban an Harry also!
    Love Keith an Harry is Great!!!! J L is so bias an cannot stand the way she carries on. MJ was broken hearted an her voice is so sweet an warm an make you feel so real. Big mistake for Idol. Why did some-one not take her under their wing an help her? She is so humble. She is also beastuful inside an out. J L should take a lesson from her for everyone is sure that is the reason MJ got the boot an was not saved. The rest of the Idols are all screamers!!!!! Not one deserves to be an Idol!!!!! So good luck with the rest of the show an Keith you are love an a hug would be wonderful////1111

  • http://comcast Lora

    I was under the impression that Keith and J Lo wanted to keep MJ and Harry wouldn’t go along with it. It looked like Keith was really fed up with the decision and a little angry. I won’t miss one episode of American Idol because of Keith Urban. Keith is such a talented and kind person and a great judge. He has a kinder way of rejecting with out crushing the artists.

  • maclen

    It’s clear that connick is the focus of the show this year. Just as the minaj/carey drama was the main focus last year. Connick has gotten the majority of the press coverage…going from “savior” of the show early on…to now being TOO harsh on a very green group of performers who are now revealed to be completely mediocre. It’s clear by JLo’s comments and orb’s “little league” analogy about how they are “NOT ready for primetime”…the performers are clearly being set up as the reason the ratings are tanking. If there is blame to be parsed out…the VERY first explanation is to point out this mediocre group was chosen by this group of mediocre judges. As for the orb…he and JLo are pretty much interchangeable…and are equally vapid and bland as “personalities.”
    Who laughingly BELIEVED that this batch of judges would save this show’s crumbling ratings…or for that matter…be shrewd enough judges of “singing talent” to NOT choose such green or unprepared performers to be on the national stage? Clearly…orb, Jlo and connick were not shrewd enough to pick qualified performers.

  • http://yahoo lizzie


    Me, too, Lora. I like Keith’s personality and judging manner. Harry critiques tone and pitch while Keith judges their all-over performance; the contestants should pay attention to both. However, this group is so young, they may not realize the importance of every critique.

  • Renee

    @lizzie: Well as a teacher in the arts told our class all the time ”Keep what you need and throw away the rest”. Not every thing every judge or teacher is right or useful to you but you have to be open to at least hearing it. If it’s coming from a caustic mean-spirited petson then chances are it’s empty advice, like the nasty judge who told Keith to get out of country and sing ”real music”.

    Keith and Jen wanted to save MJ. The problem is you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t. You let MJ go and her fans are mad. You save MJ and others complain you used the save too early or didn’t use it on their favorite.

    I think they are all good judges. I just prefer.Jen and Keith’s styles better. Too much of Harry and he starts to grate on my nerves.

  • Sorry

    Keith, as a judge, is an ineffectual bore.

  • maclen

    “I think they are all good judges. I just prefer.Jen and Keith’s styles better. Too much of Harry and he starts to grate on my nerves.”

    Yes…not an unsurprising comment regarding the “nerve grating” connick jr. Back when Idol first premiered…the reviewers and Idol cheerleaders were hailing connick as the “savior” of the show…he was the funniest…most knowledgeable judge ever. Again they cheered that connick had saved idol. Well, someone NOT surprised by the recent criticism of connick jr…NOW that the ratings for the show are falling and hitting new lows every week…was yours truly. This is what I wrote back on Feb 2nd on the cynics forum…as connick was being crowned “king of Idol” by Idol pushers…

    “…and I see connick jr as simply getting very irritating and off putting very quickly. And the dwindling ratings DONT dispute my theory.”

    Last season’s low ratings were blamed on the Minaj/carey bickering…clearly this season’s dismal ratings will be blamed on connick’s “harshness” and a mediocre group of performers….while the bland and useless orb and Jlo will be portrayed as “sweet and inoffensive.” Yeah, NOT much of a ringing or impressive endorsement actually.

  • Delia

    @Joy: Did we watch the same show Joy? Keith and JLo wanted to save MJ. Harry did not. I get your sentiments but next time watch the show more carefully and use spell check.

  • Delia

    @Lora: Exactly Lora! I can’t remember who it was but there was a male contestant that Harry was explaining basic music theory to and the guy worked as a music teacher somewhere? I mean really, the man knows that already. No need to treat him like a 4 year old. I think all judges should be on Keith Urban’s caliber and display knowledge, enthusiam, kindness, empathy, humility like he does.

  • Good advice keith

    We’re trying to make them into has-been artists who can make a dull record, find a dwindling audience, get on rigged country radio, put together a boring tour and have a long-term bearding career ….. like me!!!

  • maclen

    So, some interesting stats released about the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo…where the orb “drew” a ‘massively” HUGE audience…

    …this year there were 2.4 million visitors to the livestock show and rodeo…and some of those visitors also visited the live concert shows. But clearly, the “music” acts were NOT the main attraction at this livestock show and rodeo…BUT it is interesting to note WHERE the orb placed in attendance at this years shows…

    top music attendances:

    Tejano night with Banda MS and Pesado – 75,224.
    Maroon 5 – 75,214,
    Luke Bryan – 75,078,
    Usher 75,067
    Blake Shelton-75,054
    Zac Brown Band- 75,012
    Florida Georgia Line- 74,880
    Keith Urban -74,054,
    Band Perry- 73,943.

    …even with this “level playing field…the orb is at the botton of the list…next to last place.

  • x

    Sewer mistress and her merry band of delusional monkeys have gone quiet … but really, can you blame them? It’s a disastrous start to 2014 for KUNK. The DisGrace of Monaco trailer is being vilified, has no US release date and American Idol ratings are plummeting. Old Botox head is scrambling to sign on to any and all B-Grade indie flops she can hunt down and FUSE was a FIZZ. Increasingly unpopular and egotistical Urban has been forced to put Vince Gill on equal billing for the “All for the Hall” benefit and Sunday and FiFi continue to be left alone with the nanny while KUNK go shopping, eat yoghurt and see movies.