Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, this sexy singer-guitarist finally found his niche in Nashville playing American-style country. Raised by country-loving parents, the precocious musician b...
Hitmaker Dr. Luke is primed to announce he'll be joining Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez as a judge on American Idol, according to his latest protege. Singer Becky G confirmed the big news to reporters on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (25Aug13), insisting she is really excited about the pop producer becoming a TV star.
She told The Hollywood Reporter, "It's gonna happen. I think he'll do great and I'm really excited about it."
And Jason DeRulo, who has recorded with Dr, Luke, was also singing the producer's praises, adding, "I think he would be perfect. There's nobody bigger than Dr. Luke in terms of production and actually making a hit song."
The hitmaker, real name Lukasz Gottwald, is expected to announce his Idol spot in the coming weeks. Urban confirmed he would be returning as a judge for a second season earlier this summer (13) and Lopez has yet to confirm she's back on board after taking a year off.
Auditions for the 13th season of American Idol begin later this year and the show returns to TV in January (14).
Jennifer Lopez is calling for the man who launched Justin Bieber's career to join the American Idol judging panel, according to a new report. Scooter Braun, who manages Bieber, as well as The Wanted, Ariana Grande, Carly Rae Jepsen and Psy, is in talks to become a judge on the upcoming 13th season of the hit TV talent show.
Editors at Us Weekly allege that it is returning judge Lopez who is championing Braun for the job, with a source telling the publication, "Jennifer loves Scooter and feels he'd be an excellent choice. She would love him to be a judge."
Lopez is making her Idol comeback after previously appearing as a judge in 2011 and 2012, following Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson's departures earlier this year (13).
The On The Floor hitmaker will join country music star Keith Urban on the panel.
Will.i.am has ditched American Idol for Britain's The Voice. The Black Eyed Peas frontman was in talks to join Keith Urban as a judge on the next season of Idol, but it appears he has turned the job down in favour of a return to the U.K. version of The Voice for the show's third season, where he'll rejoin Tom Jones.
Kylie Minogue is rumoured to be interested in filling the third judge's chair on the BBC show.
Meanwhile, Minogue's fellow Aussie Urban has confirmed he'll be returning to American Idol as a judge. Jennifer Lopez has also been linked to the show but she has not officially been named as a judge for the new season. Insiders claim her big announcement is imminent.
Hitmaker Dr. Luke is in talks to become the third judge on U.S. singing competition show American Idol. The 39-year-old songwriter and record producer, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, is reportedly the front runner to join Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez at the judges' table for season 13, after talks with Will.i.am stalled, according to Us Weekly magazine.
Gottwald got his start as Saturday Night's Live's house band lead guitarist in 1997. He went on to work with several music stars including Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida, Ke$ha and Katy Perry.
Urban announced his return to the judges' panel earlier this year (13) and Lopez's boyfriend, Casper Smart, let it slip recently that she would be coming back for the show.
Jennifer Lopez is heading back to the American Idol judges table, according to her boyfriend. Casper Smart let the big news slip while promoting his new TV show A Step Away on E! News on Friday (16Aug13).
When asked if his girlfriend would be joining Keith Urban for the 13th season of the show, he simply said, "yes".
Reports suggest the dancer was under the impression the news item had already been released by the talent show's producers.
Last month (Jul13), Fox Network President Kevin Reilly revealed Idol bosses had been in negotiations with Lopez, who served as a judge alongside Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler for two seasons on the show before stepping aside to concentrate on touring and acting last year (12).
Tyler also stepped down and their spots were filled by Urban, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj. Jackson, Carey and Minaj all quit the show at the beginning of the summer (13). Urban announced he would be returning in July (13).
Heavy rain put a damper on Keith Urban's concert in Austin, Texas on Thursday night (15Aug13) as organisers scrapped the gig due to the storm. The country star was ready to perform at the Austin360 Amphitheater when the bad weather hit and his show was eventually called off after some production equipment was damaged.
Urban filmed a video message apologising for the cancellation, telling fans, "I'm fully dressed on the bus here in Austin, and they tell us we have no lights, no production... nothing because of the storm. I'm so, so sorry everybody. I'm just... really frustrated. We were all ready to play."
A post on the venue's Facebook.com page reads, "Keith Urban ticket holders, we're so disappointed to announce this, but the rain damaged Keith's equipment, so he'll be unable to play tonight. Thanks to everyone who waited out the storms with us. Please travel home safely."
Australian country star Keith Urban will kick off the upcoming American Football season by headlining the 2013 NFL season pre-game TV special. He'll perform live before the big game between Super Bowl winners the Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos in Colorado on 5 September (13). Urban has a busy autumn (13) ahead of him - last week (ends02Aug13), he confirmed he will return to judge American Idol for a second season.
Country singer Keith Urban is heading back to American Idol as a judge. The Somebody Like You hitmaker is the first panellist to be announced by executives at Fox for season 13. He will be the only returning judge from season 12 following the departures of Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson earlier this summer (13).
Announcing the news on Thursday (01Aug13), Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly says, "The fans really liked him. Keith is a really funny guy."
A new stage musical version of King Kong looks set to dominate Australia's Helpmann Awards after landing a special achievement honour and a slew of design nominations ahead of the upcoming theatre prizegiving. The big budget show, which opened in Melbourne earlier this month (Jun13), will be given a special award during the ceremony to recognise the work of the crew members who brought the massive creature to life on the stage.
King Kong's creature designer Sonny Tilders, puppetry director Peter Wilson and voice artist Harley Durst will all be presented with the Outstanding Theatrical Achievement award.
Evelyn Richardson, of Live Performance Australia, the body behind the ceremony, says of King Kong's special award, "The industry panel felt really significantly that it was a ground-breaking Australian creation and the first of its kind in the world."
King Kong is also nominated in categories for Best Costume Design, Lighting, Sound and Original Score, as well as a Best Supporting Actor nod for Chris Ryan.
Other shows included in the nominations are Legally Blonde The Musical, The Addams Family, and The Secret River, while acts including Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen, Gotye and Keith Urban are competing in the live music categories.
The Helpmann Awards will be handed out on 29 July (13) at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.
Stars including Ryan Phillippe, Mia Farrow and Brooklyn Decker were on the edge of their seats on Sunday (23Jun13) as daredevil Nik Wallenda walked a tightrope above a gorge in Arizona on live TV. Skywire Live With Nik Wallenda aired in the U.S. on the Discovery Channel, and celebrities took to their Twitter.com pages to share their awe as Wallenda made his way over the Little Colorado River Gorge, near the Grand Canyon, without a safety harness.
Actress/model Decker declared, "My stomach is inside my throat right now... Wow. Wow wow. Amazed/terrified", while Farrow proclaimed, "His poor poor family" and Carrie Underwood asked her fans, "Is anybody else watching this dude walk across the Grand Canyon (sic) on a tightrope? With no net! So crazy!"
Phillippe added, "This is the scariest thing I've ever watched... This is the best advertisement Jesus has had in forever!", while Holly Robinson Peete tweeted, "It's too windy! I can't watch" and actress Kaley Cuoco wrote, "This guy is effing nuts! I wanna throw up!"
Wallenda had viewers gripped for 22 tense minutes, and his famous fans were thrilled when he completed the challenge.
Country star Keith Urban declared, "Go Nik Wallenda! Absolutely astounding feat and faith! We were with you every single step!" and actor Jerry O'Connell added, "Congrats (sic) Nik Wallenda... I'm gonna dig my Shape Ups (shoes) out of the closet now."
Performed in Philadelphia in July 2005 for the U.S. leg of the Live 8 concerts in support of African debt relief.
Began playing a ukulele at age 3, guitar at 6 and was winning country-music talent shows by 8.
Posed naked with his guitar in the April 2001 issue of Playgirl magazine.
Moved from Australia to Nashville in 1992 and formed the three-man band the Ranch before developing his solo career.
Born in New Zealand and raised in Australia, this sexy singer-guitarist finally found his niche in Nashville playing American-style country. Raised by country-loving parents, the precocious musician began winning talent shows Down Under at age 8. As a teen, he continued to hone his skills, adding a rock-and-roll edge to his music. During the '90s he was an Oz chart-topper but in 1997 he relocated to Tennessee, founded a trio called The Ranch and caught the attention of the country community. Although an addiction to cocaine in the '90s threatened to derail his career, Urban went straight, and all that was left of his bad-boy days were his motorcycle, scruffy facial hair and rebel attitude. In 1999 he went solo, playing for the likes of The Dixie Chicks and Garth Brooks before releasing his eponymous hit album. Over the years he stayed in the spotlight due to his prolific output, good looks (his naked photos in Playgirl firmly established him as a sex symbol) and a high-profile romance with Hollywood A-lister and fellow Aussie Nicole Kidman. The two made it official in June 2006.
Attended Caboolture State High School, Caboolture, Queensland, Australia