"American Idol" sent him packing, but Aussie singer Michael Johns is a winner in the eyes of his famous fans -- Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban! The couple had some words of encouragement for the hunky Idol the night before his surprising elimination.
At a party held for "Idol" contestants at media mogul Rupert Murdoch's home, Johns received well wishes from his unexpected fans. "I didn't even get in the front door and Mrs. Murdoch relayed a message for me from Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, saying I was their favorite in the show and they watched every week," Johns said yesterday.
Even Murdoch himself gave the aspiring singer words of encouragement. "Rupert came up to me and said, 'Come on, Michael. You did a hell of a job,'" says Johns, describing the whole thing as "surreal." The 29-year-old still has plans to record an album, and is hoping to visit his home in Australia in October, after the U.S. "Idol" tour.