American Idol certainly does not have the shine it once did, but the series is in its 12th season and has to be considered one of the biggest success stories in television history. Tonight the "sudden death" rounds in Las Vegas air and judge Keith Urban is pumped - pumped like he has been drinking Red Bulls all day.
“Performing is meant to be in front of people,” he said. “For me, last night, 1,700 people in that theater and a live band -- here we go! Now we are doing this! This is what it’s supposed to be like. I love the live part of it. Randy Jackson shares that enthusiasm with me. It’s what I’ve been looking forward to since we started.”
Taped last night, a live audience watched the rounds at the Love Theater in Sin City. Ten ladies performed in front of the judges, with Interscope's Jimmy Iovine serving as the tie-breaker.
“I think at least from what we saw last night, it’s absolutely a girl’s year to win, in my opinion,” said Urban. “That’s not to say the guys aren’t strong, they really are, it’s really more a testament to how strong the girls are this year.”
He says Angela Miller and Kree Harrison have to be considered the favorites.
“I will say the audience reaction last night to Angela Miller and a couple of other girls was pretty obvious,” he added. “I think the original song of Angela’s that has been floating around the internet that you can find has really resonated with a lot of people so that’s really cool to see.”
Miller performed an original piece, which Urban said certainly did not hurt her chances.
“Original songs are allowed, if you’ve got something that you feel confident with. Certainly in Angela’s case, she rightly had confidence in a song like that, I thought it was superb,” he said. “Her performance was superb. I think it really helped her not just because it showed that she could write, and that’s not a prerequisite in my opinion -- there are certainly any amount of great artists from Frank Sinatra on down who never write songs, but I think to see her confidence singing a song that she wrote was very helpful for her. For me, I like to see another side of who they are, and obviously if they write a song if speaks a lot about who they are as a person as well as an artist.”
Do you watch American Idol? What do you think of Urban on it?