Zoe Nauman, The Daily Telegraph, reports
He's facing the axe as a judge on American Idol, but that hasn't stopped Keith Urban waxing lyrical about what a good platform the show is for aspiring artists - despite its disappointing US ratings.
Although audiences have plummeted to a low of 11 million in the US - which is positively dismal for a program which used to draw 30 million - Urban says it can still provide singers with a springboard to stardom as long as they put in the work.
"Certainly over the years Idol has produced some great voices," Urban tells Insider, "a pretty good solid amount of artists who have had good careers.
"For anyone who has talent it is still an incredible platform to get out there and be seen."
Urban says regardless of what the performers do after leaving the show, their career is better than when they started. "The point is that these guys have to do something with this," he says.
"Winners of this show have gone on to not do anything, and those who haven't done so well have gone to do amazing things. The show alone is not going to make a star.
"You have to have that work ethic as well."
The finale of the reality singing show, which was once nicknamed The Death Star by critics because of its huge numbers in the US, airs on Ten this Friday.
Urban quit the Australian ratings juggernaut The Voice to join American Idol.
Insiders say Fox is bitterly disappointed with this season's performance, and despite Urban and fellow judges Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey all having repeat options on their contracts, they will not be renewed.
"All four are gone. They feel they've lost their core audience and they want it back," a source says. The plan is to revamp the show to bring in a younger audience.