The one critique that's 'burned' in Keith Urban's memory

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The One Critique That's 'Burned' in Keith Urban's Memory

Now, we all know Keith Urban can dish out some tough criticism as a judge on "American Idol."

But the country crooner told Conan O'Brien Tuesday he's gotten his fair share of disapproval in the past.

It all started when 9-year-old Keith decided to audition for a talent show in Australia called Pot of Gold, and one judge in particular went straight for the throat.

"He said, 'I desperately encourage you to escape the mediocrity, get out of country Western and get into some real music. Otherwise, you'll end up sounding like Dolly Parton and absolutely useless.' And he said, 'Kindly learn to sing in tune because you're intrinsically a good musician.' And I remember saying to Mom and Dad, 'What does intrinsically mean?'" said Keith Urban on "Conan."

Poor little Keith! He confessed that, to this day, that judge's comments are still burned in his memory, calling it a "crucifying critique."

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 27: Keith Urban is interviewed by press as he arrives at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on August 27, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Keith Urban performs live as part of the Summer Concert Series on 'Good Morning America,' 7/9/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Keith Urban performs live as part of the Summer Concert Series on 'Good Morning America,' 7/9/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Keith Urban performs live as part of the Summer Concert Series on 'Good Morning America,' 7/9/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Keith Urban performs live as part of the Summer Concert Series on 'Good Morning America,' 7/9/14, airing on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Country music singer/songwriter Keith Urban Performs On ABC's 'Good Morning America' at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on July 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 13: Keith Urban attends the Celebrate Life Ball at Grand Hyatt Melbourne on June 13, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 13: Actress Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban attend the Celebrate Life Ball at Grand Hyatt Melbourne on June 13, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 07: Keith Urban performs during the 2014 CMA Festival at LP Field on June 7, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 07: Keith Urban and Sara Evans perform at the 2014 CMA Festival on June 7, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 07: Keith Urban attends the 2014 CMA Festival on June 7, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 04: Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban attend the 2014 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Mike Coppola/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 04: Keith Urban performs onstage during the 2014 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Mike Coppola/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 04: Actress Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban attend the 2014 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Mike Coppola/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 21: Keith Urban arrives at Fox's 'American Idol' XIII Finale held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 04: Keith Urban attends the 2014 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 21: (L-R) American Idol Judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban onstage during Fox's 'American Idol' XIII Finale at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 15: Judge Keith Urban onstage at FOX's 'American Idol XIII' Top 3 to 2 Live Performance Show on May 15, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tyler Golden/FOX via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 06: Keith Urban performs on stage during Keith Urban's Fifth Annual 'We're All 4 The Hall' Benefit Concert at the Bridgestone Arena on May 6, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum)
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 06: Keith Urban performs on stage during Keith Urban's Fifth Annual 'We're All 4 The Hall' Benefit Concert at the Bridgestone Arena on May 6, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum)
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 06: Keith Urban performs on stage during Keith Urban's Fifth Annual 'We're All 4 The Hall' Benefit Concert at the Bridgestone Arena on May 6, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 23: (L-R) Judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, Grumpy Cat and host Ryan Seacrest onstage at FOX's 'American Idol XIII' Top 6 Live Performance Show on April 23, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Becker/FOX via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 06: Singer Keith Urban arrives at the 49th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 06: Recording artist RaeLynn (L) takes a selfie with recording artist Keith Urban during the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/ACMA2014/Getty Images for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 06: Singer Keith Urban performs onstage during the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 06: Recording artists Carrie Underwood (L) and Keith Urban attend the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/ACMA2014/Getty Images for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 06: Recording artist Keith Urban attends the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 6, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rick Diamond/ACMA2014/Getty Images for ACM)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 15: Keith Urban performs as part of the iTunes Festival at SXSW at the Moody Theater on March 15, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: (L-R) Harry Connick, Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Rupert Murdoch and Randy Jackson at FOX's 'American Idol XIII' Top 13 To 12 Live Elimination Show on February 27, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Recording artists John Mayer (L) and Keith Urban perform onstage during 'The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles' at the Los Angeles Convention Center on January 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Musicians John Mayer (L) and Keith Urban perform onstage at 'The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles' at the Los Angeles Convention Center on January 27, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
Keith Urban perform during the CMA Fest at LP Field on Saturday, June 7, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)
American Idol judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr., along with host Ryan Seacrest, arrived for the last day of auditions at the W Hotel on October 30, 2013 in Atlanta.
Keith Urban performs on NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Nicole Kidman, left, and Keith Urban arrive at the 2013 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne /Invision/AP)
Keith Urban arrives at the "American Idol" finale at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live on Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Musician Keith Urban and actress Nicole Kidman arrive at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday Jan. 13, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Actress Nicole Kidman, right, with husband Keith Urban attends the premiere of 'Rabbit Hole' at the Paris Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Keith Urban performs a free concert for winners of a contest conducted by his website, aboard an Amtrak train traveling from Philadelphia to New York to publicize "Get Closer," his newest CD which is being released today, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
Keith Urban performs a free concert in the rotunda of Penn Station in New York to publicize "Get Closer," his newest CD which is being released today, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban attend the 44th Annual Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Recording artist Keith Urban arrives at the 2010 BMI Country Awards Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
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Yeah, ouch. But we gotta hand it to him, 38 years later, Keith has totally proven that guy wrong.

On top of serving as an "American Idol" judge for three years now, the singer was also a coach on "The Voice" and has recorded nine studio albums and 17 number one singles.

And he's married to Nicole Kidman. A.K.A., he's totally awesome.

And his music career isn't even close to slowing down. During his appearance on "Conan," Keith debuted his newest music video for "Raise 'Em Up," the fifth single off his album, "Fuse."

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