You've Got to See Keith Urban Audition on an Australian Talent Show When He Was Just 16
These days, we get goose bumps from Keith Urban's romantic ballads. Our hearts melt over Keith Urban's sweet partnership with his wife Nicole Kidman. We sigh at his dashing good looks on the red carpet. But just wait until you see an adorable teen Keith.
Now, thanks to a heads up from Wide Open Country, we can all catch an early glimpse of the yet-to-be superstar in a 1983 audition video on Australia's talent competition, New Faces. Urban was just 16 years old. For his audition, Urban performed a superb take on Air Supply's 1980 single, "All Out of Love." In Urban's intro from the host, we learn that the young singer had aspirations to become a radio announcer—so we guess his career catapulted to a higher state than the Aussie native ever imagined. For his appearance on the show, a blonde, long-haired Urban sports quite the outfit—red, wide-legged pants with a matching bell-sleeved shirt with a white vest panel on the front. A pure, round voice with a beautiful range, watch Urban in the video clip below. Spoiler alert: Urban did not win the show, but he received the "encouragement award," in recognition of his talent.
Fast forward to 1991, and Urban released his first studio album, the eponymous Keith Urban, as he began his ascension to fame. Nowadays, it's difficult to picture the country music landscape without Urban playing a leading role alongside modern-day stars like Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and George Strait, among others. Watching this audition tape, however, sure has us feeling nostalgic for the days when our favorite stars were but blossoming acts. What did you think of the teenage heartthrob's performance?
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This spring through fall, you can catch Urban on tour across America, Great Britain, and Europe, including several residencies at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. We're guessing "All Out of Love" won't be on the setlist, but fans can dream.