Keith Urban Talks ‘American Idol’ Finalists, Announces He’s Working on New Music

April 24, 2013 8:58 am

American Idol judge and country singer Keith Urban phoned in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest  on Wednesday and revealed that in addition to mentoring the final four girls, he’s been working on his own music!

“We’re going to have a new album out,” he said. “I’m actually calling you from the studio … I’m working on my record as of today so…certainly a new song [will be out] in the next couple of months … [We're] probably about three quarters way through. We’ve got a couple more months of recording but we should have a single out in the next couple of months while we finish up the rest of the record.”

Keith, who has extended his Light the Fuse 2013 tour dates, began working on his new album “last year and then I’ve threaded it through either being on the set of Idol or in the studio or overseas when my wife’s been shooting a film. So I’ve kind of been all over the place.”

What influenced Keith’s new music?

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“Everything,” he admitted. “Sounds and grooves and energy. I think this record has a particular energy to it that I’ve never captured on a record before. So, I’m really looking forward to these songs live, and I think that’s another thing that I’m looking forward to playing live is the songs off the record which you know we’re probably going to be playing songs off the album live in concert before the record even comes out.”

As for the final four girls remaining on American Idol, Keith jokes: “The only thing I feel sure about is a girl is going to win.”

When it comes to the finale, “it’s like a Super Bowl team…it’s just going to come down to the right performance of the night.”

With tonight’s performances being “One Hit Wonders” and singer’s choice, Keith expects the four — Kree, Candice, Amber, and Angie — to shine as always.

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“We’ve already seen I think some of these singers have really stepped up to the plate because they know how to choose the right song and they choose the right song because they know who they are as an artist and I think that’s what this thing is coming down to … not just great singers because let’s face it all four of these girls are incredible singers and they’re all slightly different … so whats going to make one step out more than another one? I think a sense of who they are as an artist and a clarity about them is what i think were going to see tonight.”

Also at Idol tonight: Keith’s now-infamous snacks! “They just get brought to the table,” he insisted. “I said we should change it up so they brought like this mix of popcorn, cranberries and walnuts last week and I’m like, ‘Well, that’s good.’ So I ate those, but then I realized the popcorn was sticking all in my teeth and we’re on the cameras so I ditched those and am going back to the chocolate almonds.”

Keith Urban Light The Fuse Tour Dates

07/18/13Cincinnati, OHRiverbend Music Center
07/19/13Twin Lakes, WICountry Thunder USA Festival Grounds
07/20/13Monticello, IAJones County Fair Grounds
07/25/13Charlotte, NCVerizon Wireless Amphitheatre
07/26/13Raleigh, NCTime Warner Cable Music Pavilion
07/27/13Alpharetta, GAVerizon Wireless Amph. At Encore Park
08/02/13Detroit Lakes, MNSoo Pass Ranch
08/04/13Clarkston, MIDTE Energy Music Theatre
08/08/13Columbia, MDMerriweather Post Pavilion
08/09/13Canandaigua, NYConstellation Brands - Marvin Sands PAC (CMAC)
08/10/13Mansfield, MAComcast Center
08/15/13Austin, TXAustin360 Amphitheater
08/16/13The Woodlands, TXThe Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08/17/13Dallas, TXGexa Energy Pavilion
08/22/13Pelham, ALOak Mountain Amphitheatre
08/23/13Maryland Heights, MOVerizon Wireless Amph. St. Louis
08/24/13Noblesville, INKlipsch Music Center
08/28/13Albuquerque, NMSandia Casino Amphitheater
08/30/13Morrison, CORed Rocks Amphitheatre
08/31/13Snowmass, COSnowmass Town Park
09/12/13Cuyahoga Falls, OHBlossom Music Center
09/13/13Burgettstown, PAFirst Niagara Pavilion
09/14/13Camden, NJSusquehanna Bank Center
09/21/13Mountain View, CAShoreline Amphitheatre
09/22/13Wheatland, CASleep Train Amphitheatre
09/27/13Los Angeles, CAHollywood Bowl
09/28/13Chula Vista, CASleep Train Amphitheatre
09/29/13Phoenix, AZDesert Sky Pavilion
10/04/13Tampa, FLLive Nation Amphitheatre
10/05/13West Palm Beach, FLCruzan Amphitheatre
10/18/13Omaha, NECenturyLink Center Omaha
10/19/13Oklahoma City, OKChesapeake Energy Arena
10/20/13Springfield, MOJQH Arena
10/25/13Tulsa, OKBOK Center
10/26/13Bossier City, LACenturyLink Center
10/27/13Lafayette, LACajundome
11/08/13Kansas City, MOSprint Center
11/09/13Des Moines, IAWells Fargo Arena
11/10/13Peoria, ILPeoria Civic Center Arena
11/14/13Manchester, NHVerizon Wireless Arena
11/15/13Uncasville, CTMohegan Sun
11/16/13Uncasville, CTMohegan Sun
11/22/13University Park, PABryce Jordan Center
11/24/13Toledo, OHThe Huntington Center
12/06/13Greenville, SCBi-Lo Center
12/07/13Charleston, WVCharleston Civic Center Coliseum
12/08/13Louisville, KYKFC Yum! Center