OFFSTAGE: Keith Urban for Man of the Year

(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)

Right now, Keith Urban seems very much an American. He is in the thick of things on American Idol. And I think he’s here making his next record. But the folks in his native Australia still think he’s theirs. So they have him in the running for the 2012 GQ Man of the Year. And Urban’s website says “anyone is eligible vote,” so I’m assuming that means that you don’t have to be an Australian to vote like one. So go vote for Urban before Nov. 5, and then if you want to win a trip (with three friends) to the magazine’s Man of the Year awards night down under on Nov. 13 if he wins, tell GQ in 25 words or less why Urban is a better choice than Hugh Jackman, Liam Hemsworth, Chris Hemsworth and the others. It will be tough to limit yourself to 25 words when it comes to Urban, so take your time and choose them wisely.