After a long hiatus, Keith Urban is reclaiming his red swiveling throne on “The Voice.”
The country music artist announced on social media that he would be a coach on season 10 of “The Voice Australia.” He will be alongside Rita Ora, Jessica Mauboy, and Guy Sebastian. A promotional video featured the group taking on the Justin Timberlake song “Can’t Stop the Feeling” together.
This return to “The Voice Australia” marks an important milestone in Keith Urban’s career. The “Superman” singer was originally a coach on “The Voice Australia” during its very first season about nine years ago. Since then, artists like Delta Goodrem, Joel Madden, Seal, Ricky Martin, Jessie J, Joe Jonas, and Boy George have all been coaches on the show.
For a bit, it seemed like Keith Urban was finished with his time on reality singing competitions. He also appeared as a judge on “American Idol” five years ago. He was a judge from season 11 to season 14. Fans of the show will remember him alongside Harry Connick and Jennifer Lopez for a pretty entertaining season.
Keith Urban will appear on “The Voice Australia” this coming fall on the Seven Network. Unlike the American version of the program, the Australian singing competition is only once a year.
According to The Boot, “The Voice Australia” is seeing a drop in viewers just like the American version. However, both versions still come out in the Top 3 for shows also airing on that night.
As it turns out, Keith Urban will likely be overseas a lot in the coming months. Once his Las Vegas residency ends in September, Urban is headed over to Australia for a two-month-long gap in performing, likely to film the show. Then he will start his 11 shows in Australia after that.
Keith Urban on Retirement
Keith Urban is returning to be a judge and watch others perform because, at the end of the day, he has an incredible passion for music.
So much so that he has reverently declared he would never retire or “I will after Mick Jagger does.”
“Never gonna happen. I always think of retiring being about a factory job or a desk job or something that’s not your passion necessarily. I play music because that’s what I do … love making music, and if I weren’t doing it in the gigs that I’m doing it, I would be doing it in little clubs somewhere, or I’d be doing it at someone’s barbecue, or the weekends somewhere, it’s just what I do. So I would never retire,” Keith Urban said in an interview with CMT’s Cody Alan on iHeartRadio.
Clearly, there’s nothing Keith Urban would rather be doing. He has made this very clear with new music, reality show judging, an upcoming Las Vegas residency, and a tour in the future.