Keith Urban is desperate to return to The Voice, New Idea can exclusively reveal.
The crooner apparently confessed leaving the show was a big mistake.
‘Leaving The Voice and going to American Idol was one of the biggest mistakes Keith has made in his career,’ says a source close to the country singer.
‘He really thought at the time that leaving The Voice to take on American Idol would be his big move in Hollywood, and his huge chance to really make it on US TV – but it’s all backfired.’
To further make things worse, since he wasn’t invited back for the American Idol reboot, the 50-year-old singer has been made to feel like a ‘failure’.
‘The fact that he wasn’t invited back to the rebooted version of Idol made him feel like a bit of a failure. And seeing now that
Katy Perry earned almost 10 times what he did for going on the same show, he feels that’s a real kick in the guts.’
Keith is desperately wanting another chance on The Voice, but after leaving it for Idol he feels he may have ‘blown it’ and it’s apparently a ‘big regret’ for him.
‘Now he just feels bad that he turned his back on his Aussie roots by abandoning The Voice after just one season, to chase the bright lights of fame and big money with American Idol. At the end of the day, he loves The Voice and would really love another shot on the show.
‘He misses Delta, loves the format of the show plus he loves Australia and would love to spend more time here – but he’s worried he’s blown his shot. Will they want him back, seeing as he left them high and dry? It worries him that there could be bad blood there – it’s a big regret for him,’ adds our source.
Keith himself also recently admitted The Voice is a better show than American Idol.
‘It’s more engaging with all the judges, the banter you get to have...I had a blast doing that,’ Keith told Kyle and Jackie O.
Keith quit the show in 2012 to make his appearance on Idol.
At the time he released a statement saying: ‘I’ve been so fortunate to have been a part of The Voice. And as much as I’d love to do it again, it’s clear that the recording and promoting of a new album, a tour and other commitments will keep me from being a part of the second season.
‘To everyone who sang on the show, I thank you – you’ve inspired not just me, but countless others. To everyone behind the scenes and to my on-camera family, thank you for making it so much fun,’ he said.
The father-of-two went on to appear on the American talent show from 2012 to 2016, but was reportedly paid a lot less than his counterparts.
In 2012, Keith took home just $3 million compared to his co-judge Nikki Minaj, who was paid around $12 million, and Mariah Carey, who bagged a cool $18 million.
Keith later admitted he regretted not sorting a higher package, after it was revealed Katy Perry took home a huge $25 million for the American reboot.
‘I need a better agent,’ he later admitted to radio hosts Kyle and Jackie O.
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