Keith Urban Relieved To Be Done Judging This ‘American Idol’ Season

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If we’ve learned anything about country singer Keith Urban on his first American Idol season, it’s this: he’s a sweetheart! He gave constructive criticism for song choices at times, but he mostly provided words of encouragement to the hopefuls.

With the voting now based on America and not the judges, Keith is breathing a little easier.

“It’s more of a relief,” said Keith to MTV News after Thursday night’s elimination. “It will be frustrating to watch people go that we wish could have stayed that might have just had a bad night and their better than that.”

Last night panel favorites Zoanette Johnson and Charlie Askew were sent packing by America, along with hopefuls Vincent Powell, Elijah Liu, Breanna Steer and Aubrey Cleland. And Keith knows it’s only going to get harder to watch from here.

“My heart breaks for them on the night,” he said. “It’s already happened on some of the really important nights. I’ve just watched them and gone, ‘Ugh! That wasn’t the performance for tonight. You know it, I know it.’ Ahhh, it’s heartbreaking!”

The final ten contestants fighting for the title include Lazaro Arbos, Paul Jolley, Burnell Taylor, Curtis Finch Jr. and Devin Velez for the males and Kree Harrison, Candice Glover, Janelle Arthur, Angie Miller and Amber Holcomb for the ladies.

Who do you think will be the next American Idol?

-Ashley Quadros, Radio.com

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