OFFSTAGE: Keith Urban More Diplomatic Than Tim McGraw

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That’s what Tim McGraw said — that Keith Urban might be better suited to be a judge on American Idol than he would ever be. “I’ve known Keith forever, so I just think he’s just one of the greatest, coolest guys in the business. I think he’s doing great. He’s way more diplomatic than I think I could ever be. He’s really a nice guy,” he told The Hollywood Reporter , adding that Urban knows what he’s talking about. Urban’s fate on the reality show is uncertain, even though he has said himself he’d like to stick with it. McGraw, on the other hand, would not be such a great addition to the judges’ table because he says he doesn’t sugarcoat things. (Translation: He probably wouldn’t be able to bury the bad news inside good news the way Urban has all season.)

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