“American Idol” was far from Keith Urban’s first experience with a singing competition show YouTube

Keith Urban started on “American Idol” in 2012 and fit in right away. Many thought it was just because he was talented and entertaining, and while that’s definitely true, who would have known that he actually had some prior talent show experience.

Back in 1983, a 16-year-old Keith appeared on the Australian show “New Faces.”

Wearing a ruby red, puffy sleeved and white-vested jumpsuit, Keith sang the Air Supply hit “All Out Of Love.” His guitar playing was great, but the best part of it all was when the baby- faced Keith sat down with the judges for a conversation and a little bit of constructive criticism.

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Ironically, the first judge gave Keith a bit of advice that we’ve seen him dole out to an “Idol” hopeful or two. Both judges criticized Keith’s breathing but one judge went a step further telling Keith he didn’t have enough strength to be a solo performer.

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“If you had a rock group and you were the lead vocalist, you know it’s real Bay City Rollers time,” he said. “You can do it, you just need to seriously work on it now. Now that you’ve got the ability to play the guitar and sing, get into it properly.”

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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