Nixed "Idol" Tim Urban gives secret to his smile

Thu Apr 22, 2010 5:03pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Tim Urban, the "American Idol" singer nicknamed "Teflon Tim" for his ability to weather blistering critiques and survive week after week, said on Thursday his constant smile comes from his "solid grounding."

The 20 year-old contestant with shaggy brown hair from Texas, was voted off on Wednesday during the "Idol Gives Back" benefit show, finishing seventh in the contest.

Some commentators, including "Idol" judge Simon Cowell, had suggested Urban should have been booted off earlier. But through it all, Urban seemed to have an everlasting smile.

"I smile because I have a really solid grounding and I know who I am, and I know that regardless what happens around me that will always be there," Urban said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday.

Urban even stayed upbeat last month when "Idol" judge Ellen DeGeneres told him after his performance, "You were walking like you're sneaking into a bedroom."

"That kind of made me smile," Urban said. "I was like, 'Wow, I hadn't thought that you would take that out of my performance,'" he said.

Urban said he sought to learn from the judges' often harsh critiques, but that he also guarded his feelings.

"I realized that if I took it all really, really personally and really let it eat at me, I wouldn't want to go out the next week," Urban said.   Continued...