Keith Urban’s Surprise for Ricky Martin

In a passing of the torch moment In the surprise return Keith Urban fans have been hoping for, the country rocker was part of a secret mission to meet-and-greet his replacement Ricky Martin, in a touching moment.

Urban crept back onto the Fox Studios lot three months ago, just as Martin was preparing to film the blind auditions, which will finally go to air from this Sunday night.

As his new coaching cohorts showed Martin around The Voice stage, Urban was hidden from their view in his big red chair, before pressing his button one last time to turn around and shock all four superstars.

The closed set stunt left a coy Martin blushing, but he was warmly embraced by the Aussie singer, who agreed to the baton-passing as a final goodwill gesture to the show which helped broaden his fan base in his home country and proved a launchpad for his move to American Idol.

Delta Goodrem, Seal and Joel Madden hugged and kissed Urban, as all four originals shepherded the new boy Martin into Urban’s chair.

source Adelaide now

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