Keith Urban has stepped down as a judge on “The Voice” in Australia, paving the way presumably for a pending “Idol” job.
Urban, who grew up in Australia, has yet to finalize a deal with “Idol” but clearly, the judges want a country judge to match up with Blake Shelton over on “The Voice.” He strikes me a nice guy but on YouTube, I wasn’t able to see a good sampling of his critiquing abilities on “Australian Voice.”
Watching a clip of “The Voice Australia” is strange because it seems like exactly the same show except the four judges are different:
And these Australian pop culture observers liked Keith Urban’s “professionalism” on “The Voice.” So that’s not a bad thing:
- “The Voice,” by adding a third night, clearly blunted “The X Factor,” as Simon Cowell had properly worried on Wednesday night. During the first hour, “The Voice” beat “The X Factor” both in total viewers and 18-49. The total viewers was no contest: 10.7 million to 7.5 million head to head. The 18-49 was a bit tighter but “The Voice” still won: 3.3 to 2.9. “X Factor” jumped ahead of “America’s Got Talent” in the 9 p.m. hour. Overall, both shows tied at 18-49 with a 3.4 while “The Voice” beat “X Factor” by far in total viewers. A year ago, “The X Factor’ drew 12.5 million viewers in its debut with a 4.2 18-49. So it lost nearly 4 million viewers year over year with a final two-hour average of 8.7 million viewers.
- “X Factor” night two Thursday had one incredible 13 year old Carly Rose Sonenclare who brought an old soul to “Feeling God” and a fun 34-year-old dude Jason Brock with visions of grandeur who gave “New York State of Mind” a burst of joy and a smile. Odds are good one or both will be on a team down the road. Check out Carly Rose doing “Feeling Good” at Birdland Jazz Club:
And Jason Brock does “New York State of Mind” on the Web:
- Guess who Simon Cowell’s ‘America’s Got Talent” chose to play during an opening moment on the show? Phillip Phillips’ “Home.” And for the first time ever, a singer did not win “America’s Got Talent.” It was the canine trick act Olate Dogs. They are adorable and now will be Vegas bound! Surprisingly, a stand-up comic came in second, Tom Cotter. Earth harpist and instrument builder William Close was third. Two similarly conceptual acts came in fourth and fifth, the performance painters and the conceptual sand artist. The dancers The Untouchables came in sixth.
Check out Olate Dogs:
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk