Move over, Blake Shelton! Another country star is set to captivate audiences on the hit talent reality show The Voice.
In Australia, that is. Famous Aussie Keith Urban has signed on for his homeland's version of The Voice as one of the four celeb coaches. He'll be joining fellow countrywoman Delta Goodrem, soul sensation Seal, and rocker Joel Madden from Good Charlotte (whom you might also know as Mr. Nicole Richie).
The show has released a promo video, which includes lots of quotes from Urban on what he considers star material. His number one criteria? "Authenticity."
There's no set date yet for the premiere of The Voice Australia--nor any news for all the American Urban fans out there who are doubtless wondering whether we'll be able to view the series in the States. However, you can keep up with the show's progress on its Facebook page.
If the popularity of the American Voice is to be any measure, Urban and his fellow coaches should expect a successful run on their version. The Season 2 premiere of the original Voice, which followed the Super Bowl on Sunday, attracted 37.6 million viewers. That's more than double the show's biggest audience last year, according to the show's network, NBC.
- Nicole Richie