Keith Urban quits 'The Voice' in favor of family time and Australian leg of 'The Speed of Now' World Tour

Keith Urban quits 'The Voice' in favor of family time and Australian leg of 'The Speed of Now' World Tour
Keith Urban has decided to quit 'The Voice' and instead focus on his 'The Speed of Now' World Tour in Australia (Getty Images)

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: This Christmas, Keith Urban is putting his family first. The country music star chose to tour around Australia rather than record the upcoming season of 'The Voice'. The 54-year-old left the reality show to start the Australian leg of 'The Speed ​​Of Now' World Tour which had started in 2020.

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He told The Daily Telegraph on Friday, October 7, that he and wife, Nicole Kidman, were trying to coordinate their schedules to take their children to see their grandparents and the rest of their famly in Australia over the holidays. “My mum just turned 80 and Nic’s mom, who knows how many Christmases we’ll get with anyone, but especially with our mums, I really treasure the chance to spend Chrissy with them and our family in Aus,” he said. He added, “Having the kids in there is great, but the extended family as well because we don’t have any family in Nashville, so it’s amazing to have all the cousins ​​and aunts and uncles and everybody, it’s just amazing.”

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Keith had originally scheduled the trip for 2020, but he put it on hold due tothe Covid-19 pandemic. He is presently on the US leg of the tour, which wraps up on November 4 with performances in Kentucky and Nashville.

Keith Urban performs onstage at the 2022 CMT Music Awards at Nashville Municipal Auditorium on April 11, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Keith Urban performs onstage at the 2022 CMT Music Awards at Nashville Municipal Auditorium on April 11 in Nashville, Tennessee (Getty Images)

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"It’s just been a blast for a year. This year already feels like two years rolled into one, probably just because of how much we’ve been touring and the fact that the contrast was a year and a half of a very slow dormant touring period and then all of a sudden everything is wide open," Keith said. 

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Keith Urban and his wife Nicole Kidman are planning to go to Australia to visit their families for Christmas (keithurban/Instagram)

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The singer begins his Australian tour on December 1 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. Keith will play two shows at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena on December 5 and 6 before hitting Melbourne on December 17. He claimed he had more music coming out in 2023 and will be too busy to rejoin Rita Ora, Guy Sebastian, and Jessica Mauboy as coaches on 'The Voice'.

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Keith had previously left 'The Voice' in 2012 and he said that he regretted the decision. The musician quit 'The Voice Australia' after one season in order to serve as a judge on American Idol from 2012 until 2016 in pursuit of his Hollywood goals.

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban arrive at Hotel de la Marine on July 06, 2022 in Paris, France.
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban arrive at Hotel de la Marine for the Paris Fashion Week (Getty Images)

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