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Anthony, Emelia and Marty progress to the Top 12 | BACK |
30 August 2004

Anthony Callea, Emelia Rusciano and Marty Worrall were the remaining wildcard finalists to make up the Top 12. On tonight's hour-long live result show, the Idol judges named two contestants to progress to the top 12, while the final spot was voted by the public.

The first judge's choice finalist to be named was Anthony Callea his version of "The Reason" proved popular with the judges who saw great potential from the singing teacher. The next surprise judge's choice finalist was student and mother Emelia Rusciano with her version of Alicia Key's "If I Ain't Got You". Hosts James Mathison and Andrew G them named the top two most popular contestants voted by the public over the last 24-hours, they were Marty Worrall and Ngaiire Joseph. Of the two, Marty progressed to the Top 12. His performance of "Somewhere We Only Know" proved popular with the national voting audience while Ngaiire narrowly missed out.

Tune in tomorrow for the special "Australian Idol- The House Party" when the Top 12 idol finalist move into their new home for the remainder of the contest and meet up with some of last year's Idol contestants. Also tune in on Thursday for "Inside Idol" at 7.30pm for all the behind the scenes action.

And tune in next Sunday at 7.00pm when the first of the themed show goes live when the Top 12 constants will perform "Australian Made" songs in the next stage of the Australian Idol 2 competition.


Wildcard contestants Perform | BACK |
29 August 2004

The special wildcard group battled it out in the last of the Semi-final heats of Australian Idol tonight. Adrian Hood, Anthony Callea, Carlos Velazquez, Emelia Rusciano, Emily George, Garth Ploog, Liza Schulberg, Marty Worrall, Ngaiire Joseph and Tara Del Borrello all sang a song of their choice which they believed demonstrated their singing ability the best to a nation audience. Judges Marcia, Ian and Mark then gave feedback on their individual performance. Here is list of what each contestant performed on the wildcard semi-final, 29 August 2004 and their corresponding voting lines-

Adrian "Way You Make Me Feel" 1902 55 55 61
Emily "Killing Me Softly" 1902 55 55 62
Garth "Harder To Breath" 1902 55 55 63
Emelia "If I Aint Got You" 1902 55 55 64
Ngaiire "Don't Let It End" 1902 55 55 65
Carlos "Senorita" 1902 55 55 66
Tara "I Turn To You" 1902 55 55 67
Anthony "The Reason" 1902 55 55 68
Liza "Do I Do" 1902 55 55 69
Marty "Somewhere We Only Know" 1902 55 55 70

Or SMS Name to 19 10 10


Phone and SMS lines open until 6.50pm, Monday 30 August. Phone voting and SMS voting will be charged at 55 cents.

The ten contestants then have a nervous 24-hour wait to see which contestant Australia voted to progress to the finals and the two contestants voted by the judges to make up the Top 12. Tune in tomorrow from 7:30pm to see what who will progress to the Top 12 and who will be told that they are heading home.



Saving the best till last? | BACK |
29 August 2004

The position in which a Top 30 contestant performs on the Sunday night performance shows seems to affect the result of the telephone and SMS voting. All of the contestants who performed last in the Sunday performance shows have made it through to the Top 12.

The past three weeks saw Hayley Jensen, Amali Ward and Dan O'Connor all progress to the Top 12 with all of them performing last on their respective nights and all having the voting number 1902 55 55 70. Last year a similar pattern emerged with Rob Mills, Lauran Buckley and Idol winner Guy Sebastian all performed last on the performance show in their respective rounds last year.

Also in the last three weeks, Chanel, Angie and Ricki-Lee, went through from their respective groups after all performing fourth in their semi-finals with 1902 55 55 64 as their voting number.

It would seem that there is a higher chance of progressing through to the next round if the contestant performed last on the night or forth just before the second commercial break, with the national TV audience remembering and voting for the later performance than the earlier ones. Or could it be that by coincidence the better performances were positioned later on in the Sunday programs.

What do you think? Does the position in which a contestant performs influence your vote? Or is it the luck of the draw? Have you say in the Inside Australian Idol Forum.



No cast single or album this year | BACK |
29 August 2004

Idol judge Mark Holden has revealed that there will not be a Top 12 cast single or album this year despite the success of last years CD sales.

Writing on his official site Holden wrote:
"Disappointed to announce that there will be no cast album or single this year. I had been informed by BMG in a 2 line email earlier in the year that I would not be doing it despite the fact that it was a double platinum money spinner for BMG and a payday and opportunity for the Top 12. I had hoped that John Foreman might get the nod this year and give it a crack but apparently its been squashed altogether by the UK powers that be... bummer! Its a loss all round for the contestants, for the Australian record business, the retailers, for the Australian writers, producers, musicians, studios, engineers etc who would have worked on it."

Source: www.markholden.net.au

Last year the Top 12 cast single "Rise Up" reached the #1 on the official Aria Charts and the Top 12 Australian Idol album debuted at #3.



Ricki-Lee, Casey and Dan progress to the Top 12 | BACK |
23 August 2004

Ricki-Lee Coulter, Casey Donovan and Dan O'Connor were the third lot of three contestants to progress to the Top 12. On tonight's live result show, hosts James Mathison and Andrew G, back from illness, named the top four contestants voted by the public over the last 24-hours, they were Marty Worrall, Ricki-Lee, Casey and Dan. Of the four, Ricki-Lee Coulter, Casey Donovan and Dan O'Connor progressed to the Top 12.

Ricki-Lee's version of "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love" by Barry White proved popular with the voting public, while Casey's emotional performance of "Here's Where I Stand" also proved popular with the national voting audience. Dan O'Connor also progressed to the top 12 with his performance of Josh Kelly's "Amazing", while Marty Worrall narrowly missed out.

Tune in on Thursday for "Inside Idol" at 7.30pm for all the behind the scenes action and the naming of the ten top 30 finalist who have another chance at progressing to the next round with the Wildcard show.

Also tune in next Sunday at 7.00pm when these Wildcard constants will perform and the final three will be selected to make up the Top 12 finalists for Australian Idol 2.


Get "The Official Inside Story" | BACK |
23 August 2004

Australia's first Idol was full of drama, intrigue, abrasive comments and unquestionable talent… now you can get the inside running on all the backstage goss and on stage scandal.

The competition that shocked and captivated a nation has been dissected in the newest book from rock writer Jeff Jenkins, "Australian Idol: The Official Inside Story".

"Australian Idol: The Official Inside Story" takes us back to where it all began - from audition to adulation, Inside Story recounts every twist of this life-changing competition.

You get it all….

The diatribe: "How did you get dressed today? You look like you covered yourself in superglue and ran into an accessories store." & "From the try-hard deluded to the absolutely brilliant…" Dicko

The wisdom: "You said your friends told you you should be a singer or a stand-up comedian - I hope you're funny." Mark. "You have a future, not as Australian Idol, but you pursue that future." Marcia

The advice: "Basically, he just sat me down and said, 'Make sure you haven't got any boogers and wear deodorant'." Guy on Dicko's directives for handling media interviews.

The hair care secrets: "I don't think that people realise that all I really do is get up, spray my hair and go out." Guy

And then the prediction: "That's a voice. That's the standard.' Dicko as Guy leaves his first audition.

So now the winner has gone to number one, we can relive the moments that shaped the competition where the wildest of dreams came true.

"Australian Idol: The Official Inside Story" is the story behind the scenes, jam packed with info on the stars, loads of gossip and more of those harsh comments from the judges!

With a round by round commentary of the entire competition, from 10,000 contestants to one winner, "Australian Idol: The Official Inside Story" is a must for those who were glued to the screen for the whole of series one, and can't wait for the start of series two.

Author Jeff Jenkins is one of Australia's premier music writers and certainly knows his music. He writes for the weekly radio show Take 40 Australia and is the senior contributor to Melbourne's Inpress magazine, writing the weekly Australian music column "Howzat!".

The accompanying "Australian Idol Ultimate Poster Book" records all the
moments in full colour, bedroom decorating glamour. Cover your walls, your books, your locker with the faces you know and love - Guy, Shannon, Paulini, Millsy, Dicko, Marcia….

The "Ultimate Poster Book" features posters on each of the final 12 contestants from Video Hits host Kelly to tabloid cover boy Rob Mills. The giant A2 poster in the centre features #1 chart-topper and Australian idol winner, Guy on one side and runner-up and #1 recording artist Shannon Noll on the other - so you can show your true allegiances.

"Australian Idol: The Official Inside Story" (RRP $14.95) and "Australian Idol Ultimate Poster Book" (RRP $12.95) are available from all good book and department stores from early August.


Group 3 Perform in Australian Idol Semi-Final | BACK |
22 August 2004

The third group in the Semi-finals of Australian Idol performed tonight. Billie Mccarthy, Carlos Velazquez, Casey Donovan, Christie Green, Daniel O'Connor, Emelia Rusciano, Garth Ploog, Marty Worrall, Nicole Wheatley and RickiLee Coulter all sang a song of their choice which they believed demonstrated their singing ability the best to a nation audience. Judges Marcia, Ian and Mark then gave feedback on their individual performance. Here is list of what each contestant performed on the third semi-final, 22 August 2004 and their corresponding voting lines-

Nicole "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" 1902 55 55 61
Garth "Something Beautiful" 1902 55 55 62
Christie "Anytime You Need A Friend" 1902 55 55 63
Ricki-Lee "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love" 1902 55 55 64
Carlos "Yesterday" 1902 55 55 65
Emelia "Good Luck" 1902 55 55 66
Casey "Here's Where I Stand" 1902 55 55 67
Marty "Drops Of Jupiter" 1902 55 55 68
Billie "Stormy Weather" 1902 55 55 69
Dan "Amazing" 1902 55 55 70

Or SMS Name to 19 10 10


Phone and SMS lines open until 6.50pm, Monday 23 August. Phone voting and SMS voting will be charged at 55 cents.

The ten contestants then have a nervous 24-hour wait to see how Australia voted. Tune in tomorrow from 7:30pm to see what who will progress to the finals and who will be told that they are heading home.



Australian Idol producer faces legal challenge | BACK |
22 August 2004

Australian Idol producer Grundy Television will be forced to face the Equal Opportunity Commission after an Idol potential has filed a complaint against the 16-28 years age restriction set for the competition.

40-year-old Carl Bailey says the reality television show barred him from auditioning because he does not fit the 16-to-28 age bracket.

The decision to enforce an age limit for the Australian Idol 2 auditions was met with anger by older Idol hopefuls who have missed out on their chance to become part of the series in auditions earlier this year.

The outraged father-of-two has launched an age discrimination complaint against Grundy Television, the makers of the program.

"I feel that I'm sticking up for everyone over 28," Mr Bailey said.

Grundy has rejected his claims of discrimination and say the show's age limit does not breach the state's equal opportunity laws.

"Australian Idol is a program designed specifically to provide opportunities for young, undiscovered performers," the company said in a statement.

"Grundy, producers of Australian Idol, believe the age limit in Australia is not inconsistent with obligations under any equal opportunity legislation and we are not obliged to apply for exemption."

Mr Bailey, a photographer from Warburton, has sung for most of his life and performs rock and ballad tunes at his local pub.

The age limit also caused a strong reaction since the first series, which also limited contestants aged between 16-28 years.

Although the same restrictions were in place at this year's auditions, Mr Bailey had planned to sing a version of Meatloaf's Heaven Can Wait. "I decided to fight this on my own level and turned up at the auditions with a banner saying 'Fair Go To All Aussies. Over 28s Idol'," Mr Bailey said.

"I was only there for about 10 minutes, but the security guard said I couldn't audition. The security manager said he had the power to arrest me, so I left."

Inside Australian Idol reported on the anger from over-28s in April.

Source: Herald Sun



Angie, Amali and Daniel progress to the Top 12 | BACK |
16 August 2004

Angie Narayan, Amali Ward and Daniel Belle were the second lot of three contestants to progress to the Top 12. On tonight's live result show, hosts Andrew and James named the top four contestants voted by the public over the last 24-hours, they were Angie, Amali, Liza Schulberg and Daniel. Of the four, Angie, Amali and Daniel progressed to the Top 12.

Angie version of "Chain of Fools" by Aretha Franklin proved popular with the voting public, while Amali's performance of Joss Stone's "Some Kind Of Wonderful" also proved popular with the national voting audience. Daniel Belle also progressed to the top 12 after last night's controversial confrontation with judges. He progressed with his version of "Rock DJ" by Robbie Williams, while Liza narrowly missed out.

Tune in on Thursday for "Inside Idol" at 7.30pm for all the behind the scenes action with the next group of ten consisting of Billie Mccarthy, Carlos Velazquez, Casey Donovan, Christie Green, Daniel O'Connor, Emelia Rusciano, Garth Ploog, Marty Worrall, Nicole Wheatley and RickiLee Coulter.

Also tune in next Sunday at 7.00pm when these constants will perform and three more will be selected to join the Top 12 finalists from Group 1 and 2.



Group 2 Perform in Australian Idol Semi-Final | BACK |
15 August 2004

The second group in the Semi-finals of Australian Idol performed tonight. Adrian Hood, Amali Ward, Angie Narayan, Barry Southgate, Chloè Skipp, Daniel Belle, Gabriel Cabrera, Liza Schulberg, Tara Del Borrello and Yasmine Dia all sang a song of their choice which they believed demonstrated their singing ability the best to a nation audience. Judges Marcia, Ian and Mark then gave mostly negative feedback on their individual performance suggesting contestants weren't picking the right songs and were not extending themselves or shining. Here is list of what each contestant performed on the second semi-final, 15 August 2004 and their corresponding voting lines-

Yasmine "Free" 1902 55 55 61
Gabriel "Careless Whisper" 1902 55 55 62
Chloe "Turn Me On"' 1902 55 55 63
Angie "Chain Of Fools" 1902 55 55 64
Barry "Up Where We Belong" 1902 55 55 65
Tara "My Immortal" 1902 55 55 66
Adrian "Burn" 1902 55 55 67
Liza "You Put A Move On My Heart" 1902 55 55 68
Daniel "Rock DJ' 1902 55 55 69
Amali "Some Kind Of Wonderful" 1902 55 55 70

OR SMS FIRST NAME TO 19 10 10


Phone and SMS lines open until 6.50pm, Monday 16 August. Phone voting and SMS voting will be charged at 55 cents.

The ten contestants then have a nervous 24-hour wait to see how Australia voted. Tune in tomorrow from 7:30pm to see what who will progress to the finals and who will be told that they are heading home.



Tickets for Top 12 | BACK |
15 August 2004

The highly sought after tickets for the Top 12 Idol finals will be available from the official website after next week's results show. The official site states that, "The Australian Idol online Box Office for studio audience tickets will open immediately following the result show on August 23, 2004."

It is believed that a ballot system will be introduced to distribute the tickets and possibly this year a small fee will be charged for the tickets with profits going to charity.

Like last year, the live performance finals are expected to be filmed at the Global Television Studios in North Ryde in Sydney on Sunday and Monday nights.



McClean twins comes Clean | BACK |
15 August 2004

The real reason for the dramatic withdrawal of Maya McClean from the Top 30 was finally confirmed this week. Speaking to TV Week this week sister Nandy confirmed that the twins got a part in the Lion King musical and that was the reason Maya withdrew from the competition.


The article stated, "Both girls were cast together as singers and dancers in the smash hit musical The Lion King, and the opportunity to perform together and earn money was too great to pass up.

"The Lion King's a good opportunity," explains Nandy.

"We want to get our career going together and we want to be recording and working on our duo act. If you sign with Idol you can't do anything until three months after the contract finishes and it's hard turning down a whole year's worth of paid work."

The talented 24-year-old Sydney twins will appear in the musical from October, and are continuing work on their demos to send to record companies."


Previously Maya cited the separation from her twin sister as her main motivation for leaving the contest. Inside Australian Idol first reported on the real reason for the dramatic withdrawal last month when forum poster "GrrlCanMove" revealed that:

"….my friend Maya [McClean] who got through to the top 30. (she was from sydney, the twin who got through). Anyway she just dropped out of the contest and they made her sign a confidentiality agreement where she can only say that the reason she left the comp was because she didnt want to leave her sister, but the real reason is, she just got a part in the Lion King musical."

Got any other inside information on any of the Top 30 send it to-
insideaustralianidol@yahoo.com.au




Courtney, Hayley and Chanel progress to the Top 12 | BACK |
9 August 2004

Courtney Murphy, Hayley Jensen and Chanel Cole were the first three contestants to progress to the Top 12. On tonight's live result show, hosts Andrew and James named the top four contestants voted by the public over the last 24-hours, they were Hayley, Ngaiire, Chanel and Courtney. Of the four, Courtney, Hayley and Chanel progressed to the Top 12. Courtney's version of Maroon 5's "She Will Be Loved" proved popular with the voting public, while Hayley's performance of "Angel" also proved popular with the national voting audience. Chanel also progressed to the top 12 with her version of "Glory Box", while Ngaiire narrowly missed out.

Tune in on Thursday for "Inside Idol" at 7.30pm for all the behind the scenes action with the next group of ten.

Also tune in next Sunday at 7.00pm when these constants will perform and three more will be selected to join Courtney, Hayley and Chanel, the Top 12 finalists from Group 1.

GROUP 2

Adrian Hood, Amali Ward, Angie Narayan, Barry Southgate, Chloč Skipp, Daniel Belle, Gabriel Cabrera, Liza Schulberg, Tara Del Borrello and Yasmine Dia.




Group 1 Perform in Australian Idol Semi-Final | BACK |
8 August 2004

The first group in the Semi-finals of Australian Idol performed tonight. Anthony Callea, Ben Eaton, Chanel Cole, Courtney Murphy, Emily George, Hayley Jensen, Laurence Sorbello, Meri Bosenavulag, Ngaiire Joseph and Prinnie Stevens all sang a song of their choice which they believed demonstrated their singing ability the best to a nation audience. Judges Marcia, Ian and Mark then gave feedback on their individual performance providing both criticism and suggestions. Here is list of what each contestant performed on the first semi-final, 8 August 2004 and their corresponding voting lines-

Anthony 'Angels' 1902 55 55 61
Prinnie 'Natural Woman' 1902 55 55 62
Courtney 'She Will Be Loved' 1902 55 55 63
Chanel 'Glory Box' 1902 55 55 64
Laurence 'Amazed' 1902 55 55 65
Ngaiire 'No More Drama' 1902 55 55 66
Emily 'Ain't No Sunshine' 1902 55 55 67
Meri 'Wind Beneath My Wings' 1902 55 55 68
Ben 'Freedom' 1902 55 55 69
Hayley 'Angel' 1902 55 55 70

Or SMS first name to 19 10 10


Phone and SMS lines open until 6.50pm, Monday 9 August. Phone voting and SMS voting will be charged at 55 cents.

The ten contestants then have a nervous 24-hour wait to see how Australia voted. Tune in tomorrow from 7:30pm to see what who will progress to the finals and who will be told that they are heading home.



Top 30 replacement announced | BACK |
8 August 2004

After last Thursday night's dramatic withdrawal by Maya McClean from the Top 30 her replacement has been announced. Yasmine Dia will replace Maya after the finalist officially withdraw from Australian Idol last Thursday on "Inside Idol".

Maya NcClean withdrawal from the Top 30 citing the separation from her twin sister, Nandy, as her main motivation for leaving the contest.



Idol merchandise frenzy | BACK |
8 August 2004

Idol-related merchandise will be expanded this year following the success of the program last year with Idol confectionery, DVDs, sleepwear, perfume, Barbie dolls and hair accessories expected to be released on the back of the second series of the show.

The Australian reported that, "non-programming licences related to Idol already generate 35 per cent of joint rights holder Fremantle Media's international Idol profits, according to Fremantle's Asia Pacific licensing manager Jon Penn. Fremantle and 19TV are the format owners.

"It has to be one of the top licensed TV properties available at the moment," Penn says. "It's created a new tier of TV licensing properties."

Penn has sold category-exclusive licences for Idol-related merchandise to close to 20 companies this year, up from just six last year.

Telstra is the most recent company to come on board. The major Idol sponsors on Ten - including McDonald's, Telstra, Sony, L'Oreal, Mazda and Nestle - along with second-tier sponsors Energizer and Johnson & Johnson, have promotional deals that include competitions with "money-can't-buy" prizes, such as access to Idol contestants.

But Idol creates a convergence between three major entries on the wish list of advertisers: the desire to integrate brands with high-involvement media properties, music and with celebrities.

It's also a very positive program, according to Ten's national sales development manager for light entertainment Jan Staunton. "In Idol you don't throw people out," Staunton says. "You vote people through."

Neither Fremantle nor Grundy, its production arm in Australia, nor Idol broadcaster Network Ten will put a figure on the revenue Idol generates - except to say it's big. In Australia it includes the $15 million to $20 million Ten is rumoured to have paid for the broadcast rights, at least $18 million from the sale of television sponsorships, CD deals with BMG and revenues from concerts, as well as off-screen licence sales, promotion revenue and retail sales of Idol-stamped products."

Australian Idol licensed products include:

Barbie Idol
Fragrance
Karaoke machines
Audition songbook
DVDs
CDs
Children's musical toys
Board game
Adult and teen clothing
Sleepwear
Underwear
Loungewear
Bath bombs
Hair accessories
Novelty confectionery
Books
Digital camera
Mobile ring tones

Source: http://theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/
0,5744,10346436%255E7582,00.html




Who did this year's top 30 support last year? | BACK |
8 August 2004

Going through the contestant biographies of the Top 30 (only 28 contestants listed), Inside Australian Idol forum member MaybeNext has tallied the top 30 contestant answers to the question, " Who was your favourite Idol from last year?"

The tally is:

Guy 12
Paulini 9
Shannon 2
Stu Cambell 2
Millsy 1
Rebecca 1
Bek 1
Cle 1

Some listed a couple (double votes from one person and first call on the others)



Centrebet backs Chanel | BACK |
8 August 2004

Australian Idol betting agency Centrebet says that Chanel Cole is its favourite to win the second series of the show after the judges unveiled the top 30 contestants ahead of Sunday's first heat.

The Bega performer is Idol's big cheese according to the Alice Springs-based bookmaker, which is taking bets at $4.00 that she follows in the footsteps of chart-topping singer Guy Sebastian.

Cole is one of the 10 competitors who will participate in Sunday's first public heat. It should be worth watching as four of the top six in Centrebet's exclusive market are in the opening group.

Australian Idol winner:

$4.00 Chanel Cole (Bega);
$5.00 Ben Eaton (Melbourne);
$7.00 Daniel Belle (Sydney);
$8.00 Courtney Murphy (Perth);
$9.00 Billie McCarthy (Sydney);
$11.00 Ngaiire Joseph (Lismore);
$13.00 Gabriel Cabrera (Sydney);
$15.00 Daniel O'Connor (Mount Annan);
$17.00 Garth Ploog (Melbourne);
$21.00 Angie Narayan (Brisbane);
$26.00 Liza Schulberg (Melbourne), Amali Ward (Hobart);
$34.00 Emelia Rusciano (Adelaide), Barry Southgate (Sydney), Prinnie Stevens (Sydney), Marty Worrall (Kerang);
$41.00 Anthony Callea (Melbourne), Ricki-Lee Coulter (Gold Coast);
$51.00 Christie Green (Darwin), Carlos Velazquez (Sydney);
$67.00 Tara del Borrello (Perth), Adrian Hood (Geelong), Hayley Jensen (Canberra), Chloe Skipp (Wollongong), Nicole Wheatley (Fremantle);
$81.00 Meri Bosenavuluagi (Melbourne), Emily George (Sydney);
$101.00 Casey Donovan (Sydney), Maya McClean (Sydney), Laurence Sorbello
(Townsville);
$21.00 any other person.



Chanel upset over IAI thread | BACK |
8 August 2004

On last Thursday's behind the scenes program Inside Idol, Bega's Chanel Cole was visibility upset after reading posts on an internet fansite. The post in question appeared on Inside Australian Idol's unmoderated message board and expressed the view of a poster named 'SHISSO' who believed that Chanel was trying to be like Bjork and did not have a voice as strong as other competitors.

Instead of having a negative effect, the subsequent reaction from idol viewers have seen increased support for Chanel rallying behind the idol contender and other top 30 contestants.

You can read the complete thread at:
http://australianidol2.proboards20.com/index.cgi?action=display
&board=contestants&num=1091378497&start=0


Opinions raised in the unmoderated IAI forum do not reflect the views of Inside Australian Idol.



The official Top 30 | BACK |
1 August 2004

After a 90 minute special tonight the Top 30 Australian Idol finalist were officially announced. The top 30 contestants were revealed after two additional days of auditions at the Seymour Centre in Sydney. The remaining 72 contestants who made it through the first elimination round were required to perform in groups of three and four in front of the judges. They were then reduced to 52 when a further 20 contestants were sent home. The remaining 52 were required to perform a song of their choice in a solo performance in front of the judges and follow contestants. The judges then deliberated and finally named the top 30 for Australian Idol 2004.

In alphabetical order here is the confirmed list of the official Top 30 semi-finalists of Australian Idol:


Adrian Hood
Amali Ward
Angie Narayan
Anthony Callea
Barry Southgate
Ben Eaton
Billie Mccarthy
Carlos Velazquez
Casey Donovan
Chanel Cole
Chloè Skipp
Christie Green
Courtney Murphy
Daniel Belle
Daniel O'Connor
Emelia Rusciano
Emily George
Gabriel Cabrera
Garth Ploog
Hayley Jensen
Laurence Sorbello
Liza Schulberg
Marty Worrall
Maya McClean
Meri Bosenavulagi
Ngaiire Joseph
Nicole Wheatley
Prinnie Stevens
Ricki-Lee Coulter
Tara Del Borrello


The top 30 list provided by "theofficialtop30" and posted on Inside Australian Idol last week did not include the following names who have successfully progressed to the top 30: Marty Worrall, Emily George, Daniel Belle and Casey Donovan. While the previous inclusions Alessandro Bellino, John Kerr, Naomi Tia and Samantha McClymont were incorrect.

The top 30 were divided into three groups of ten contestants with the first group performing next Sunday, 8th August. The first confirmed group of ten semi-finalist to perform in the next round next Sunday consist of:

GROUP 1

Anthony Callea, Ben Eaton, Chanel Cole, Courtney Murphy, Emily George, Hayley Jensen, Laurence Sorbello, Meri Bosenavulag, Ngaiire Joseph and Prinnie Stevens.



Contestant to withdraw from Top 30 | BACK |
1 August 2004

It is almost certain that Maya McClean will make a dramatic withdrawal from the Top 30, citing the separation from her twin sister as her main motivation for leaving the contest. Maya McClean progressed to the top 30 while sister Nandy failed to impress the judges earlier in the series. However, as reported last week in our rumour section, forum poster "GrrlCanMove" wrote the following:

"….my friend Maya [McClean] who got through to the top 30. (she was from sydney, the twin who got through). Anyway she just dropped out of the contest and they made her sign a confidentiality agreement where she can only say that the reason she left the comp was because she didnt want to leave her sister, but the real reason is, she just got a part in the Lion King musical."

For whatever reason Maya NcClean is almost certain to officially withdraw from Australian Idol this Thursday when the announcement will be aired on "Inside Idol" hosted by Leah McLeod.

Viewers may also recall that the McClean twins also made a pact to stay together on the second series of Channel Seven talent program "Popstars".

Tune in this Thursday August 5 for "Inside Idol" 7.30pm on Network Ten for all the action and to find out who replaces Maya and makes it through to join the Top 30.


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