Keith Urban shares throwback video of talent judge saying he ‘shouldn’t be a solo artist’


‘You’ve gotta prove ’em wrong!’ Keith Urban shares throwback video of a talent judge saying he ‘shouldn’t be a solo artist’ – years before soaring to international fame


He is widely credited for being one of the world’s most popular country artists.

But Keith Urban’s quest for musical success could have been over before it began, if he’d have listened to a talent judge who told him he ‘wasn’t strong enough’ to be a solo artist as a teenager.

On Friday, the 53-year-old shared a video of himself appearing on a television talent show at the age of 16 – and one judge was less than impressed with his performance.

What a change! The Voice coach then fast-forwarded to today (pictured in September), showing himself selling out stadiums, performing on-stage and singing to a sea of fans who love his work as a solo artist

‘You gotta prove ’em wrong!’: Keith Urban shared a throwback video of himself (L) on Sunday, showing a talent judge had told him he ‘shouldn’t be a solo artist’. He later shared recent pictures of himself on-stage performing to audience of thousands (R) 

‘At 16, I’d have thought you’d be pretty keen on forming a group,’ the judge told him. ‘You’re a little… I think as a solo performer, not quite enough strength.’

The Voice coach then fast-forwarded to today, showing himself selling out stadiums and singing to a sea of fans who love his work as a solo artist.

The New-Zealand born singer captioned the video: ‘You just gotta prove ’em wrong!’

Keith has gone on to sell more than 15 million albums and scored over 30 top ten singles.

Heartbroken: In the footage, Keith was seen hearing a judge say to him, 'At 16, I'd have thought you'd be pretty keen on forming a group. You're a little... I think as a solo performer, not quite enough strength'

Heartbroken: In the footage, Keith was seen hearing a judge say to him, ‘At 16, I’d have thought you’d be pretty keen on forming a group. You’re a little… I think as a solo performer, not quite enough strength’

Away from his incredible career, he also has a highly-publicised marriage to one of Hollywood’s most successful actresses, Nicole Kidman.

In a recent cover interview for the September issue of Marie Claire Australia , the 54-year-old Nine Perfect Strangers star spoke about meeting her husband of 15 years.

She said it was a ‘miracle’ they’d found each other, and only proved that they’re meant to be together.

‘Two Aussies born in the same year, but living in different worlds and cities, how did that happen? It was meant to be,’ she said.

The Nine Perfect Strangers star first met Keith, 53, at the G’Day USA Gala in Los Angeles back in January 2005.

Love is love: Away from his incredible career, he also has a highly-publicised marriage to one of Hollywood's biggest actresses, Nicole Kidman

Love is love: Away from his incredible career, he also has a highly-publicised marriage to one of Hollywood’s biggest actresses, Nicole Kidman 

Although they married a year later, Nicole told Vanity Fair in 2007 that ‘it wasn’t like the earth shook’ when they met.

She later revealed that it had taken the One Too Many singer four months after their first meeting to call her and ask her out on a date.

In a 2017 interview with Vogue , Nicole revealed that her one regret was that she hadn’t ‘met him much earlier’.

But she admitted the timing of their first encounter had been perfect, and had ensured the longevity of their relationship.

So in love: In a cover interview for the September issue of Marie Claire Australia, the 54-year-old actress spoke about meeting her husband of 15 years

So in love: In a cover interview for the September issue of Marie Claire Australia, the 54-year-old actress spoke about meeting her husband of 15 years

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