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Since its debut in 2002, ‘American Idol’ has become one of the most important vehicles for discovering new musical artists across all genres. First season winner Kelly Clarkson has flirted with country music, but season 4 winner Carrie Underwood is by far the biggest country star the show has launched, scoring 14 No. 1 hits and winning CMA, ACM and even Grammy awards for her work. Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery is also a fast-rising country star now, but in addition to the winners, a number of runners-up have gone on to successful country careers, including Bucky Covington, Kellie Pickler, Casey James and Lauren Alaina. Keith Urban joined the show as a judge in season 12, further cementing its connection to country music.

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Keith Urban’s Reality Competition Past Helps Him Empathize With ‘American Idol’ Contestants

Keith Urban is one of the most popular judges in the history of 'American Idol,' and he says he has a special connection to the contestants on the show.

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Big Machine Label Group’s Scott Borchetta to Mentor on ‘American Idol’

Scott Borchetta discovered Taylor Swift, as well as founding Big Machine Label Group, and now he's taking his expertise to 'American Idol.'

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Keith Urban Talks Changes in Upcoming ‘American Idol’ Season

Keith Urban is getting set for the January premiere of the 14th season of 'American Idol,' and he says there are some big changes to the iconic reality singing competition this time around.

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Kelly Clarkson Performs Winning ‘American Idol’ Song 12 Years Later [Watch]

Kelly Clarkson took everyone back in time when she performed at the Miss Vietnam competition. The now-star sang 'A Moment Like This,' her winning song from 'American Idol,' twelve years after winning the reality competition.

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Adam Lambert Fills in for Keith Urban at ‘American Idol’ Auditions in NYC

Keith Urban is taking some time off from work in light of the unexpected death of wife Nicole Kidman's father.

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Friends Fear Suicide After ‘American Idol’ Singer Josh Gracin Posts Alarming Note

A cryptic message posted to country singer Josh Gracin's personal Facebook page late Thursday afternoon (Aug. 14) put fans and friends in a frenzy, concerned the singer may be preparing to take his own life.

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Keith Urban Plays Guitar While ‘American Idol’ Contestant Woos J. Lo [Watch]

One 'American Idol' hopeful had an epic time auditioning in Nashville, Tenn. recently. While country star Keith Urban provided backup vocals with Harry Connick, Jr. on Sam Smith's hit 'Stay With Me,' the contestant slow danced -- yes, slow danced -- with Jennifer Lopez and sang the ultra-romantic song.

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5 Things We Learned at the Nashville ‘American Idol’ Auditions

Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. stopped to chat with Taste of Country at the Nashville 'American Idol' audition stop on Monday (Aug. 4). The trio took turns gushing on the show and each other before answering serious questions about collaborations and the weirdos. OK, they almost got serious.

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Keith Urban Returning to ‘American Idol’ for Another Season

Country fans, breathe a sigh of relief! Keith Urban will indeed be returning to the judges table on 'American Idol' for another season -- and his friends Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr. will be joining him!

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Will Keith Urban Return to ‘American Idol?’

Now that Season 13 of 'American Idol' has wrapped up and crowned its new champion, everyone's wondering about next season's judging panel. And country fans specifically are asking if Keith Urban will return to 'American Idol.'

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