Keith Urban Says American Idol Is 'American Dream'

Keith Urban, who is counting down the days until his debut on American Idol, says that he decided to do the show because it gives him the opportunity to see individuals accomplish the "American Dream."

"I wanted to do Idol because I love the opportunity to not only help somebody, but when you see somebody come in with raw talent and you know that with just a little bits of shaping and guidance they can totally blossom over the course of the whole series."

"American Idol really personifies the American Dream," added Urban.

Urban, who formerly starred on Australia's version of the talent show The Voice, joins Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj behind the judges table on Idol.

American Idol will kick off its 12th season on January 16 and 17 at 8:00 PM ET on FOX.

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