Keith Urban Says Reality TV Stars Still Have to Pay Dues

"I don't think anyone gets out of paying their dues—you just do it in different levels," he tells Aussie paper.

Keith Urban is standing up in favor of reality TV. If you can get instant stardom through TV shows, go for it.

"A lot of people are so quick to say that's a cop-out, you have to work the pubs and clubs to pay your dues, but honestly, if we didn't have to, would we?" he tells Australia's Herald Sun, laughing.

"Nobody wants to go and starve for 10 years. Nobody chooses that," he says. "That was just my lot. That's what it took for me.

"And if some other bugger comes along and does it in a year, you know what? Fantastic."

Keith, a judge for the Aussie version of The Voice, says contestants face challenges that he didn't.

"These guys aren't getting an easy ride. I don't know what sort of courage it takes to get up there—the idea of doing that is something I find so intimidating and nerve-racking.

"I don't think anyone gets out of paying their dues—you just do it in different levels," he says.

"Maybe it's in front of an arena full of people instead of a pub full of people. Wherever it is, you're still learning in the trenches. For me the trenches were tiny little pubs and clubs in front of very few people and it slowly got bigger and bigger and bigger.

"Nowadays it might be just on television in front of millions of people—that's where you are going to fall on your a-- or you are going to rise to the occasion."

Keith's contestant didn't win on the inaugural season of Aussie's The Voice. But the country star was gracious to winner Karise Eden, mentored by British pop singer Seal.

"Huge congrats to Karise and Seal. SOOO deserved. Love you Australia!!!!" Keith tweeted Monday (June 18).

 

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