He is set to pass judgment as a coach on The Voice Australia.
But Keith Urban knows what it’s like to be the butt of criticism on talent shows, with the country star once appearing on Pot of Gold at the age of nine.
Host Bernard King’s harsh criticism of her singing is “always etched in my mind,” said Keith, 53. The daily telegraph Wednesday.
Memories: Keith Urban knows what it’s like to be the butt of criticism on talent shows, having participated in several television competitions as a child. Left: in 1983, at age 16; and on the right: today
‘[King] said: “I desperately encourage you to escape mediocrity, get out of country and western and get into real music,” the four-time Grammy winner recalls of his audition for the famous host from television to the acid tongue.
And while that spray was tempered by a concession that Keith was “inherently a good musician,” he still had to ask his parents what “inherently” meant.
Keith later appeared on the talent show New Faces hosted by Bert Newton, where at age 16 he again came under heavy criticism for his performance of Air Supply’s All Out of Love.
Following the release of his self-titled debut album in 1990, the musician moved from Australia to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1992.
He has since sold over 15 million albums and scored over 20 number one singles. He was also a judge on American Idol and coach on The Voice.
Thick skin: The harsh criticism of his singing by Pot of Gold host Bernard King is “always etched in my mind,” Keith told the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday
Success: Following the release of his self-titled debut album in 1990, the musician moved from Australia to Nashville in 1992. He has since sold over 15 million albums and recorded over 20 No. 1 singles. He was also a judge on American Idol and coach on The Voice
Meanwhile, Lau Abend is set to debut as a contestant on The Voice Australia when the new season premieres next month.
In a new trailer for the upcoming season, the 21-year-old singer revealed how a life-changing experience took her to the depths.
In the video, Lau revealed she got lost at sea after her family was abandoned on a scuba diving trip overseas.
The Voice Australia preview: How a life-changing experience pushed contestant Lau Abend (pictured) to the depths
“I went abroad with my family, we did scuba diving and the [tour] the guide we were with was really confused, ”she said.
“It wasn’t until we got to the surface that we realized the boat had actually left us there.”
Lau continued, “At half past five you could see sharks below. I was constantly thinking ‘Am I going to die?’. ‘
Story: In a new trailer, Lau revealed she got lost at sea after her family was left behind on a scuba diving trip overseas
She made a promise to herself: “If I have to survive today, I will make music my career”.
She is then seen walking on stage before performing for judges Rita Ora, Keith Urban, Jessica Mauboy and Guy Sebastian.
“Coming on stage tonight I have elements of fear, but I have faced fear and I know what fear looks like,” she said.
Passion: she made a promise to herself: “If I’m going to survive today, I’m going to make music my career”
The next season of The Voice Australia officially ended production in April.
According to The Daily Telegraph, producers filmed a number of endings in order to keep the identity of the winner a secret.
The final was shot on Sunday at Carriageworks in Sydney, attended by coaches Rita Ora, Guy Sebastian, Keith Urban and Jessica Mauboy.
Upcoming: The next season of The Voice Australia officially wrapped up production in April. In the photo Rita Ora