The Voice: Keith Urban was abruptly rejected from a TV talent show at the age of nine
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 in Pot of Gold aged nine.
Host Bernard King’s harsh criticism of her singing is “always etched in my mind”, Keith, 53, told The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday.
Memories: Keith Urban knows what it’s like to be the butt of criticism on talent shows, having competed in several TV contests 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 some real music,” the four-time Grammy winner recalled of his audition for the famous acid-tongued television host.
And while that spray was tempered with a concession that Keith was “intrinsically a good musician,” he still had to ask his parents what “intrinsically” meant.
Keith later appeared on the talent show New Faces hosted by Bert Newton, where at age 16 he was again roundly criticized for his performance of Air Supply’s All Out of Love.
After the release of his self-titled debut album in 1990, the musician left Australia for 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 a coach on The Voice.
Thick skin: Pot of Gold host Bernard King’s harsh criticism of his singing is ‘always etched in my mind’, Keith told The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday
Success: After the release of his self-titled debut album in 1990, the musician moved from Australia to Nashville in 1992. Since then, he has sold over 15 million albums and scored more than 20 No. 1 singles. He was also a judge on American Idol and a coach on The Voice.
Meanwhile, Lau Abend is set to make her contestant debut 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 pushed her to the bottom.
In the video, Lau revealed that she got lost at sea after her family was left behind on a scuba diving trip overseas.
The Voice Australia preview: How a life-changing experience pushed contestant Lau Abend (pictured) into the depths
“I went overseas with my family, we went scuba diving and the [tour] 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, “After five and a half hours, you could see sharks below. I was constantly thinking ‘Am I going to die?’.’
Story: In a new trailer, Lau revealed that she was lost at sea after her family was left behind on a scuba diving trip abroad
She made a promise to herself that “if I’m going to survive today, I’m going to make music my career.”
She is then seen walking on stage before performing in front of judges Rita Ora, Keith Urban, Jessica Mauboy and Guy Sebastian.
“Going on stage tonight, I have elements of fear, but I’ve faced fear and I know what fear feels like,” she said.
Passion: she made a promise that “if I have to survive today, I will make music my career”
The next season of The Voice Australia officially wrapped production in April.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the producers filmed a number of endings in order to keep the identity of the winner a secret.
The finale was filmed on Sunday at Carriageworks in Sydney, with coaches Rita Ora, Guy Sebastian, Keith Urban and Jessica Mauboy in attendance.
Coming soon: The next season of The Voice Australia officially wrapped production in April. Pictured Rita Ora