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Keith Urban leaves ‘The Voice Australia,’ presumably for ‘Idol’

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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.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

32 comments Add your comment

Melissa Ruggieri

September 13th, 2012
11:18 pm

Tom Cotter was robbed on “AGT”! Hope Joan Rivers taps him as an opening act or someone in Vegas picks him up.

Seth T

September 14th, 2012
12:48 am

AGT has gone to the dogs. Same thing happened on BGT. No use for practicing your dancing routines, singing skills or magic acts – just get some cute dogs and train them well.

Dum-Bass

September 14th, 2012
1:01 am

“About time some cute little animals won something”. The humans have had a monopoly on these shows. Now if we could only find some “CDWG” (cute dogs with guitars). Signed Abraham Bertlegowski, President, Anti-Human Group.

Highlander

September 14th, 2012
7:09 am

Morning!

I really think the lower viewership for X-Factor on Wednesday night had less to do with The Voice than with the problems/issues from last season. While The Voice may have taken some of XF’s viewers, overall it’s probably going to take some more good press and positive reviews to bring some folks back.

Simon’s real problem may be finding out if Wednesday’s numbers were the result of a lot of people checking it out just the one time to see whether Britney imploded. And if that’s the case, XF may go down in ratings flames fairly quickly!

Highlander

September 14th, 2012
7:15 am

Sorry all you AGT fans (well,…not really), but AGT is a joke. C’mon, man! A dog act is going to HEADLINE a show in Vegas!?!

How long is that show going to be? 15 minutes? 20? How long does it last before either the audience or the dogs lose interest?

Deirdre

September 14th, 2012
7:17 am

Morning!

It’s the live shows that will tell the truth. All judges are good taped and edited. We’ll see just how good Britney and Demi are next month.

Deirdre

September 14th, 2012
7:24 am

Katie Couric apparently has an insider at Fox. During an interview with JLo she announced the Idol judges:

http://tv.msn.com/tv/article.aspx?news=757303

Highlander

September 14th, 2012
7:29 am

You’re right, D. As we quickly found out with Steven Tyler on Idol. Taped, he was brilliant and funny. Live, …well, it wasn’t Memorex! (Obscure reference, I know!) :wink:

Deirdre

September 14th, 2012
9:03 am

It gives me hope that Keith Urban was picked by critics(or whoever they were) as on of the best, most professional judges in Australia. We can keep our fingers crossed that his abilities translate favorably on American tv.

Woodpappy

September 14th, 2012
11:11 am

I think Keith Urban will add volumes to the panel. Good for IDOL on this one.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

September 14th, 2012
12:41 pm

Hi y’all,

Thanks to D for directing me to the correct thread. So coming over:

Well, I’ve watched both episodes of XF so far, and I have to say, I’m quite enjoying it. Simon is Mr. Over the Top and it shows. The whole point of X Factor is to find a POP star. I think it’s obvious that few current pop stars are amazing singers, which I think is part of the reason why Britney works so well. She’s been a performer since she was 8 years old, so while she’s not a strong singer, she knows what it takes to be a star.

So far I’ve liked the dynamic of the judges. And I’m most surprised by Demi. I didn’t know much about her, but she seems quite capable of handling herself around Simon. As far as Britney, she has improved, and maybe once her nerves fade, she’ll be better.

As far as Don Philip (Britney’s former duet partner), it was obvious that he’s had a rough time since he last saw Britney. Apparently, he was anxious about coming out to Britney and that’s why he was so upset. And also why he made that weird comment about “letting Britney down.” The guy clearly has issues that run deeper than that. Hopefully, he’ll get the help he needs.

I have watched The Voice, but frankly, it feels like more of the same. XF might not have had the big ratings, but they do feel fresh. And I’m okay with not having a host now.

Rickster

September 14th, 2012
12:46 pm

A little disappointed that WGWEH (White Guy With Earth Harp) didn’t win. Very disappointed that Tom Cotter didn’t either.

But dang if those dogs aren’t just a whole lot of fun to watch!

Rickster

September 14th, 2012
1:21 pm

But you can see similar stuff every week on “Sabado Gignate” on Univision. :-)

Deirdre

September 14th, 2012
1:39 pm

I have only seen bits and pieces of Voice and XF. Will watch them both over the weekend.

Sam-A

September 14th, 2012
2:21 pm

Seth T

September 14th, 2012
2:26 pm

While some may already know, Carly Rose Sonenclare is on the X-Factor, and it’s not an audition coincidence.

She’s a child actress and has done musical theatre, Broadway in Les Miserables – The Electic Co. production by Sesame Workshop, got rave reviews by a New York Times Theater critic, has been recorded by Sony Masterworks, etc.

She’s been in 2 movies, The Nanny Diaries and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2. She even has an agency that represents her. She’s cute and a very good singer already. .

The Voice openly looks for local, regional known talents, 2nd chance situations, and other talent flows to put before the Judges in blind auditions. CW’s “The Next” does look for good talent in major city areas to have coached by Nelly, Gloria Estefan, Joe Jonas, as well.

Several former Idol contestants had previous contracts or recordings out before their Idol cruise. So this is not unusual, just maybe not exactly a raw audition that the producers knew nothing about.

Rickster

September 14th, 2012
3:47 pm

RoHo: “And for the first time ever, a singer did not win “America’s Got Talent.”

Sorry, Rodney, Season 2 was won by Terry Fator, a ventriloquist.

Rickster

September 14th, 2012
3:58 pm

Highlander: “Live, …well, it wasn’t Memorex!”

Nor was it memorable. :-)

Deirdre

September 14th, 2012
4:37 pm

This from mj:

I have a MAJOR American Idol 12 audition spoiler from a source who tells me that the American Idol 12 judges round will take place on Sunday September 16 and Monday September 17 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.

And yes. I can confirm that Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson and Keith Urban WILL be there to audition hopefuls!

Rickster

September 14th, 2012
4:41 pm

Whatever happened to “SPOILER ALERT!” your queeness? :-)

Deirdre

September 14th, 2012
4:45 pm

Not like any of this is a surprise, Rickster.

Sam-A

September 14th, 2012
4:52 pm

Yeah, where’s the “spoiler” there?

Great weekend all. AJC says ATL temps (hi’s) next week in 70’s – woohoo!

Rickster

September 14th, 2012
5:06 pm

I wanted the judging stuff to be a surprise! :-)

Have a great weekend everyone!

JTesla

September 14th, 2012
5:33 pm

Wait, what happened to Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler as judges for American Idol?

Mercedes S.

September 15th, 2012
2:59 pm

Greetings from WIlmington River!
Some day I hope to be able to watch all my recorded items of the last month. At least caught up with Project Runway. Yes, I have priorities.

JTesla

September 15th, 2012
10:10 pm

Finally got around to watcing the first episode of X-Factor. It was very good. I was very impressed with Demi, and not just with the last audition. She’s witty, I like witty. Britney, meh. Seems ok, will have to see how she does live. Simon is same old Simon, seen it before and now he gets to flirt with another young employee.

I’m going to tune in again once the next round starts. I’m not waiting because it wasn’t entertaining, but just because I’m a little burned out on auditions.

Deirdre

September 16th, 2012
11:18 am

It’s official….finally…and no spoiler alert because nothing about it is a surprise:

http://www.mjsbigblog.com/american-idol-12-judges-official-announcement.htm

Seth T

September 16th, 2012
4:30 pm

It will be interesting to see if the Minaj – Carey combination will increase ratings. The Keith Urban addition will definitely be a big step-up from Steven Tyler – in terms of popularity among the 20 to 40 music fans. He has drawn fans from Modern Rock and related genres as well as a star country status.

Minaj is really a “niche” artist and while she appeals strongly to the rap-hip-hop markets, she brings no mass-appeal or interest to the general public. Mariah is well known and respected as a great vocalist, and should be a step-up from Jennifer Lopez in terms of credibility to the show.

Eric

September 16th, 2012
5:46 pm

Joining Mariah and Randy on the Idol judges panal… it looks like Idol and Fox are going with Keith Urban… and (you guessed it) Nikki Minaj. I’m sure this is getting plenty of mixed reception… especially with Idol picking Minaj.

Deirdre

September 17th, 2012
7:46 am

Morning!

I caught up on XF this weekend. I enjoyed both the girls. Demi seems sweet and she works very hard to be fair to the contestants. The show is trying way too hard with Britney. They want her to be the diva. However, I don’t see much ego coming from her. In truth, she looks scared, especially when some nutcase gets on stage. And putting Demi with Britney was brilliant. Demi is so open and friendly like a puppy while Britney comes across as the mature one. To be honest, I’m not sure that Britney will make it through the season. Simon is all over himself trying to make the show work and LA is still LA.

I will watch the show again. I thought using the Texas big hair blonde sisters making snarky remarks about all the other contestants was clever, especially when the singing sister couldn’t sing.

Frankly, The Voice is kinda boring compared to XF.

DanJ

September 17th, 2012
8:46 am

Morning Deirdre and all. I re-watched the XF shows and think they actually fell into something by not having a host during the auditions. I love the camera following the contestants. It gives the show a greater beind the scenes look at the process.

Deirdre

September 17th, 2012
8:49 am

New thread up.