Casey Donovan- Winner 2004
:: "Listen to Your Heart"
:::: Released 29 November 2004
:: "What's Going On"
:::: Released 21 February 2005
:: "For You"
:::: Album released 13 December 2004
Anthony Callea- Runner-up
:: "The Prayer"
:::: Released 19 December 2004
:: "Rain/Bridge Over Troubled Water"
:::: Released 14 March 2005
:: "Anthony Callea Album"
:::: Released 28 March 2005
Australian Idol- Top 10 2004
:: "Good Times"
:::: Cast Single released 24 January 2005
:: "Australian Idol Final Ten 2004: Cast Album"
:::: Cast Album released 17 January 2005
Idol's new judge
THE sparks are set to fly on Australian Idol, with outspoken
and unrepentant radio shock jock Kyle Sandilands joining
the judging panel.
Sandilands was a vocal critic of the second series of
the show. He landed the coveted role after a four-month
search by producers to find a replacement for Ian 'Dicko'
Dickson, who quit Idol last year.
Music entrepreneur Glenn Wheatley was understood to have
been sounded out for the role but declined.
That left the door open for Channel Ten to sign Sandilands
to a three-year-deal.
Sydney's Casey Donovan was named Australia's next Idol
in an extraordinary live television event. Over three
hours Australia learned who would be the nations next
The show began with live performances by selected Top
30 finalists performing on the steps of the Sydney Opera
House, the arrival of Anthony and Casey and included performances
by the Top 12, climaxing to a nail-biting conclusion when
the hosts announced that Casey Donovan is Australia's
next Australian Idol. MORE
Australian Idol Album and Singles
"Listen With Your Heart"
Finalists- Top 2
AUSTRALIAN IDOL 2 TOP 12 Amali Ward, 16, Hobart
Angie Narayan, 26,
Anthony Callea, 21, Melbourne [Runner-Up]
Casey Donovan, 16, Sydney [winner] Chanel Cole, 26, New South
Courtney Murphy, 24, Perth
Dan O'Connor, 25, New South Wales
Daniel Belle, 21, Sydney
Emelia Rusciano, 25, Adelaide
Hayley Jensen, 21, ACT
Marty Worrall, 26, New South Wales
Ricki-Lee Coulter, 18, Queensland
Unfortunately due to licensing restrictions, Inside Australian
Idol is unable to continue the competition that was previously
advertised. However, this week's winner will be contacted
and will receive their prize by mail.
The 'Inside Australian Idol' website has played a fundamental
role in promoting the 'Australian Idol' brand and TV programme
from the very beginning of the series in 2003 to many
fans all around Australia. It was never our intention
to undermine Australian Idol, Fremantle Media or their
relationship with their merchandise licensees.
Ten believes the new program "..will be the biggest show of
Good Morning Australia's John Foreman has signed on as a Music
Director for the series. He has hosted the NSW Schools Spectacular
on ABC TV and also wrote 'The Flame' performed by Tina Arena
at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games opening ceremony.
The final episode will be filmed live from the Sydney Opera
House during the final ratings week in November.
Ten is understood to have already signed six lucrative sponsorship
deals for Australian Idol including- a clothing brand to outfit
the Idol contestants, fast food outlet McDonald's and the
cosmetics company L'Oréal.
Australian Idol is expected to cost Network Ten up to $10
million and is a joint production between Fremantle Media
subsidiary Grundy Television in association with UK company
19TV and Channel 10.