updated 04/29/2014 AT 6:30 PM ET
•originally published 04/29/2014 AT 2:00 PM ET
Everyone starts somewhere.
The hosts surprised Urban, 46, with a clip they dug up of him performing in his own competition, singing the Air Supply hit “All Out of Love” on Australian television. The country heartthrob was definitely in the midst of his awkward teen phase back then, sporting a gap between his teeth and a stick-straight mullet haircut.
Urban told hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan that he competed on four different shows from the time he was 9 until he was 15, and that experience, he said, makes him “empathetic” to the young Idol contestants who show plenty of nerves once they move from rehearsals to live performances.
“I can relate to that,” he said of his obvious stage fright in the clip. “I saw it back and I was, ‘Oh, I’m terrible!’ It was a bit of the camera syndrome.”