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Watch a 16-Year-Old Keith Urban Audition for an Australian Talent Show

American Idol winner Carrie Underwood isn't the only former reality show contestant among "The Fighter's" co-vocalists: 16-year-old Keith Urban appeared on long-running Australian series New Faces way back in 1983.

Long before his years with country band The Ranch and sustained solo fame at home and in the United States, the Whangarei, New Zealand native covered Aussie legends Air Supply's "All Out of Love" on New Faces. The TV talent show hosts offered some friendly advice for the budding singer, including tips on vocal delivery and encouragement to form a band. Whether or not he took that advice on board at the time, both changes came long before Urban's road to country music stardom culminated with his self-titled 1999 debut album. And as one of the judges implies, this all happened while young Urban was dressed like a member of the Bay City Rollers.

The Australian version of New Faces aired for 24 seasons beginning in 1963. It preceded the British series of the same name.

Country Radio Seminar's unrelated New Faces of Country Music series of annual concerts has spotlighted Urban's talents twice: in 1998 with The Ranch and in 2000 as the band-leading singer, songwriter and guitarist who's since dominated Nashville.

It's hard to imagine a household name like Keith Lionel Urban before studio albums like Fuse, Ripcord and Graffiti U; successful CMA and ACM Entertainer of the Year campaigns; four Grammy Awards; consistent success on the Billboard charts and a high-profile marriage to actress Nicole Kidman. Yet here he is, viewing a radio announcer gig as his golden road to superstar status in faraway Tennessee.

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More recently, Urban's worked as a judge on Australia's version of The Voice for the show's debut season before playing a smaller role on the American series. Urban also served as an American Idol judge alongside Nicki Minaj and other popular stars.

Urban's 2020 itinerary includes world tour dates nestled in between two stints performing in Las Vegas.

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Watch a 16-Year-Old Keith Urban Audition for an Australian Talent Show