That hair. Those teeth. Those vocal cords…. Well, two outta three ain’t bad. Pretty boy Tim Urban may have gotten the boot last night for an uninspiring rendition of the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Better Days,” but he’s already counting the days down until his next career starts. Anyone out there looking for a super dreamy Joseph?
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Tim, I have to say I loved you and I’m sorry you’re gone.
TIM URBAN: Thanks. I love you too.
Millions of teenage girls just died inside. So now that you’re off the show is it a relief at all that you won’t be berated every week on live television?
Yes, there is a little bit of relief because of that. It’s nice because going forward I get to perform for people but I don’t have to sit afterwards and listen to criticism.
Way back when, when you didn’t even make it to the top 24, were you devastated?
It was one of those things that I didn’t have an expectation for how far I would make it. I kept making it through rounds at Hollywood week and going, ‘Wow. I made it.’ So when I went home I just thought it’s time to get back to normal life. And then I got the call. It’s been such a crazy ride.
How crazy was it that even your fellow contestants seemed to be ogling over your shiny white teeth and superhero smile?
I feel like we have an awful lot of fun backstage. We’re all like a family and everyone has a role. My role was to be the lighthearted guy who encourages people. So I thought it was really funny that that’s what they chose to talk about — my smile.
And now you have millions of people like me talking about your smile and hair. Before Idol, did you have any of that?
It had been there a little bit. Obviously, it wasn’t nearly at this scale. This has been quite bizarre, to be honest. I definitely was not expecting this.
When you would go out in LA, did people start crying at the sight of you?
Not too much. It’s funny because I can blend in with the crowd better than some of the other contestants. I’m not Big Mike or Casey. When people did recognize me, nobody freaked out. Well, except maybe in Las Vegas they got kind of loud. But that might have had something to do with what they were doing before they saw me. But it wasn’t so bad for me. Crystal couldn’t go anywhere without people screaming “Crystal!”
I liked your rendition of “Better Days.” Did you think it went okay, or did you expect the criticism?
I thought they were either really going to love it or think I was reaching too far. I wasn’t shocked by their reaction to it. I was hoping it was going to be another step in my growth. I’m happy with it though. I watched it back and I thought it was a pretty good performance for me.
How did you stay calm when the judges told you not to sing, questioned your intelligence, said they could only judge you on your own performances, as if you weren’t worthy of being judged against the other contestants?
Some of the comments were kind of discouraging. For me, it just made me want to work harder. I was seeing the improvement in myself. I was just waiting for the judges to see it. When Randy said it was “a good Tim performance,” I thought, “I’ll take what I can get.” You just try not to take things personally.
I think your high point was probably Elvis week when you sang “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Was that your favorite week?
It really was. I love that song. We all get the list of songs we can choose from at the same time every week. And I immediately went and chose that song.
Ellen said you should pursue acting, in a bizarre backhanded compliment. What are your plans for after the tour? Is acting in the cards?
I would love to pursue music and I would also love to pursue acting. I’m open to whatever is out there. If I did acting, I would still be doing music. And if I did music, I would still be trying to act.
Have you ever acted before?
I’ve done some theater. I had a lead role in a production in December.
Oh, really? What was it?
It was a Christmas musical called Two from Galilee. It was in Garland, [Tex.] which is north of Dallas.
Did you play Jesus?
No, it was more about Mary and Joseph, and I played Joseph. So that gave me some experience.