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The Top 30 revealed | BACK |
28 July 2004

Inside Australian Idol forum poster "theofficialtop30" has revealed an unconfirmed list of all the top 30 finalists who will progress to the next round of Australian Idol.
The Top 30 Australian Idol 2 contestants were finalised after nationwide auditions earlier last month and have already been announced to the contestants after auditions at the Seymour Centre.

Through what are believed to be sources close to family and friends of the top 30 finalists, "theofficialtop30" posted an "official" list of the top 30 finalists as well as the performance groups in which they will perform to be voted by TV audiences to the Top 10 later in the series.

The following is the complete post made on the forum by "theofficialtop30"

"Here it is...The Official Top 30

1. Daniel O'Connor (Sydney)
2. Carlos Velazquaz (Sydney)
3. Gabriel Cabrera (Brisbane)
4. Adrian Hood (Melbourne)
5. Courtney Murphy (Perth)
6. Garth Ploog (Melbourne)
7. John Kerr (Canberra)
8. Barry Southgate (Sydney)
9. Ben Eaton (Melbourne)
10. Anthony Callea (Melbourne)
11. Alessandro Bellino (Brisbane)
12. Laurence Sorbello (Darwin)
13. Chloe Skipp (Sydney)
14. Hayley Jensen (Sydney)
15. Christie Green (Darwin)
16. Naomi Tia (Canberra)
17. Ngairre Joseph (Tamworth)
18. Prinnie Stevens (Sydney)
19. Maya McClean (Sydney)
20. Ricki-Lee Coulter (Brisbane)
21. Tara Del Borrello (Perth)
22. Amali Ward (Hobart)
23. Meri Bosevaguli (Sydney)
24. Samantha McClymont (Canberra)
25. Nicole Wheatley (Melbourne)
26. Liza Schulberg (Melbourne)
27. Emelia Rusciano (Adelaide)
28. Chanel Cole (Sydney)
29. Angeline Narayan (Brisbane)
30. Billie McCarthy (Sydney)


I can also tell you the performance groupings

Group One: Sunday August 8th
Garth, Anthony, Barry, Alessandro, Naomi, Ngairre, Chloe, Hayley, Prinnie, Tara

Group Two: Sunday August 15th
Daniel, Carlos, Courtney, Gabriel, Ricki-Lee, Emelia, Meri, Nicole, Liza, Chanel

Group Three: Sunday August 22nd

Adrian, Ben, Laurence, John, Christie, Samantha, Billie, Hayley, Maya, Angeline


from theofficialtop30

UPDATE 30/07/04: Other possible inclusions:

Greg Ploog (Melbourne)
Marty Worral (Sydney)
Irae Schwenke (Brisbane)
Kirsty Akers (Tamworth)

For the final official list tune in this Sunday, 1 August for the Top 30 announcement on Network Ten 7:30pm.



Top 118 | BACK |
22 July 2004

The top 118 Australian Idol contestants have been named after nationwide auditions in all capital cities in Australia. Here is the full list of the contestants who have made it to the Seymour Centre in Sydney for the next competition round. They will now battle it out until the judges have decided the Top 30 who will then perform on weekly shows in the next round.


Aaron Culligan
Aaron Molone
Adrian Hood
Alessandro Belino
Ali Summers
Amali Ward
Andy-Lese Tolo-Paepae
Angeline Narayan
Anthony Avis
Anthony Callea
Barry Southgate
Ben Eaton
Billie McCarthy
Brett Kempnich
Candy Kelly
Carlos Velazquez
Casey Donovan
Catherine Sumner
Chanel Cole
Chloe Skipp
Chrisanthy Kelegai
Chrissie King
Christie Green
Christina Coult
Claire Emery-Fin
Clint Lake
Conrad Sewell
Corey Gilchrist
Courtney Murphy
Daniel Belle
Daniel O'Conner
Danny Latouf
Devon Plumley
Don Kountouris
Eleazer Arranz
Ellie Farmer
Emelia Rusciano
Emily George
Emma-Leigh Morris
Gabriel Cabrera


Garth Ploog
Gavin Clarke
Greg Gould
Hayley Jensen
Heidi Kaethner
Ines Vaz De Sousa
Irae Schwenke
Ivanna Bazzano
Jaimy Heywood
James Bryers
James Kay
Jarrod Rojo
Jason Good
Jenna Brooks
Jessica Beck
Jessica Fuhrmeister
Joel Cocking
John Jakubenko
John Kerr
Justin Barbaro
Justin Wellington
Katherine Curnow
Katie Fowler
Kerri-Lee Dewes
Kesaia Pohiva
Kieran Lancini
Kirsty Akers
Lara Conaghan
Laura Brennan
Laurence Sorbello
Liza Schulberg
Lucas Browne
Lynessa Abel
Mandie Vieira
Marc Love
Marc Senator
Maria McFarland
Maria-Angela Purrelli
Marty Worrall
Matthew Loughry

Maya McClean
Melanie Griffiths
Melissa Howe
Meri Bosenavulagi
Michelle Martinez
Mitchell Robertson
Najla Michel
Naomi Tia
Natalie Slade
Nerida George
Ngaiire Joseph
Nicole Wheatley
Paul Steedman
Prinnie Stevens
Rebecca Klinger
Ricki-Lee Coulter
Sally Van Der Zwart
Samantha McClymont
Sarah Collett
Shahde Carrasco
Sophie Linton
Stephanie Monk
Stephen Gaffney
Steven Amosa
Stewart Armitage
Stirling Edwards
Susan Goritchan
Tara Del Borrello
Terina Bailey
Tessa Nuku
Travis Moon
Uli Latukefu
Vilya Mattar
Wil Coleman
Will Spartalis
Yasmine Andary
Yasmine Dia
Zac McPhee


ADELAIDE
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Najla Michel
Susan Goritchan
Emelia Rusciano
Catherine Sumner
Will Spartalis
Heidi Kaethner
Michelle Martinez
Matthew Loughry
Yasmine Andary
Gavin Clarke
Jessica Beck
Don Kountouris
Christina Coult
Travis Moon

BRISBANE
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Nerida George
Alessandro Belino
Claire Emery-Fin
Angeline Narayan
Paul Steedman
Sarah Collett
Ricki-Lee Coulter
Brett Kempnich
Marc Senator
Yasmine Dia
Andy-Lese Tolo-Paepae
Jenna Brooks
Melissa Howe
Chrisanthy Kelegai
Mitchell Robertson
Irae Schwenke
Gabriel Cabrera

CANBERRA
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Samantha McClymont
Katie Fowler
Uli Latukefu
Eleazer Arranz
John Kerr
Emma-Leigh Morris
Steven Amosa
Naomi Tia
Anthony Avis
Shahde Carrasco
Jason Good

DARWIN
---------------
Lara Conaghan
Christie Green
Ellie Farmer
Laurence Sorbello
Stephanie Monk
Justin Wellington

HOBART
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Lynessa Abel
Amali Ward

MELBOURNE
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Liza Schulberg
Stephen Gaffney
Anthony Callea
Jarrod Rojo
Adrian Hood
Jessica Fuhrmeister
Sally Van Der Zwart
James Bryers
James Kay
Nicole Wheatley
Justin Barbaro
Stewart Armitage
Kerri-Lee Dewes
Garth Ploog
Ben Eaton
Laura Brennan

PERTH
--------------
Sophie Linton
Jaimy Heywood
Katherine Curnow
Zac McPhee
Ali Summers
Courtney Murphy
Vilya Mattar
Devon Plumley
Melanie Griffiths
Tara Del Borrello
Aaron Molone

SYDNEY
-----------------
Rebecca Klinger
Stirling Edwards
Hayley Jensen
Natalie Slade
Maria-Angela Purrelli
Tessa Nuku
Clint Lake
Chloe Skipp
Aaron Culligan
Emily George
Carlos Velazquez
Chanel Cole
Billie McCarthy
Conrad Sewell
Lucas Browne
Danny Latouf
Maya McClean
Terina Bailey
Mandie Vieira
Ines Vaz De Sousa
Casey Donovan
Kesaia Pohiva
Ivanna Bazzano
Candy Kelly
Daniel O'Conner
Wil Coleman
John Jakubenko
Meri Bosenavulagi
Marty Worrall
Barry Southgate
Maria McFarland
Daniel Belle
Kieran Lancini
Prinnie Stevens

TAMWORTH
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Chrissie King
Joel Cocking
Marc Love
Ngaiire Joseph
Kirsty Akers
Corey Gilchrist
Greg Gould



Who will make the Top 30? | BACK |
22 July 2004

There is more Top 30 speculation from forum members after the top 118 Australian Idol 2 contestants were finalised after nationwide auditions. With the top 30 contestants having already been announced last month after auditions at the Seymour Centre, forum members have speculated on who they know, through sources close to family and friends of the top 30 finalists, or think will progress to the next round.

Here is a sample of the post made on the Inside Australian Idol forum.

The following people will make the Top 30

Amali Ward
Ben Eaton
Barry Southgate
Anthony Callea
Ngairre Joseph
Yasmine Abeydeera
Gabriel Cabrera
Steven Amosa
Samantha McClymont
Tara Delborrello
Daniel O'Connor
Billie
Emelia
Jarrod Rojo
Angeline Narayan
Naomi Tia
Jessica Fuhrmeister

FROM ausidol01


The TOP 30 will be

Chanel Cole
Billie McCarthy
Christie Green
Maya McClean
Amali Ward
Ngairre Joseph
Yasmine Abeydeera
Samantha McClymont
Jessica Fuhrmeister
Tara Del Borrello
Emelia Rusciano
Angeline Narayan
Naomi Tia
Ricki-Lee Coulter
Michelle Martinez
Alison Summers
Kirsty Akers
Daniel O'Connor
Barry Southgate
Anthony Callea
Jarrod Rojo
Ben Eaton
Gabriel Cebrara
Adrian Hood
Daniel Belle
Courtney Murphy
Don Kountouris
Steven Amosa
Irae Schwenke
Alessandro Bellino

FROM thetop30


The TOP 30 is.....

MELBOURNE
----------------
Ben Eaton
Jessica Fuhrmeister
Anthony Callea
Jarrod Rojo
Justin Barbaro
Adrian Hood

TAMWORTH
------------------
Ngairre Joseph


CANBERRA
----------------
Samantha McClymont
Steven Amosa
Naomi Tia

BRISBANE
-------------
Angeline Narayan
Ricki-Lee Coulter
Alessandro Bellino
Yasmin Abeydeera
Irae Schweke
Gabriel Cabrera

PERTH
---------
Tara Del Borrello
Courtney Murphy

ADELAIDE
-------------
Emelia Rusciano
Don Kountouris
Michelle Martinez

TASMANIA
--------------
Amali Ward

DARWIN
-----------
Christie Green

SYDNEY
---------
Terina Bailey
Daniel O'Connor
Barry Southgate
Chanel Cole
Billie McCarthy
Maya McClean
Daniel Belle

FROM ai2

The following people have definitely made the top 30

- Ricki-Lee Coulter
- Samantha McClymont
- Chanel Cole
- Emelia Rusciano
- Tara Del Borrello
- Amali Ward
- Yasmine Abeydeera
- Steven Amosa
- Barry Southgate
- Adrian Hood
- Daniel O'Connor
- Ben Eaton
- Gabriel Cebrara

FROM slickadenuravg04


The following people are definitely in the Top 30

- Emelia Rusciano
- Ricki-Lee Coulter
- Tara Del Borrello
- Amali Ward
- Barry Southgate
- Ben Eaton
- Daniel O'Connor
- Gabriel Cebrara
- Adrian Hood

Do we know any more

FROM ausidol04


wot about these guys-
Leza
Chloe
Nicole
Anthony
Meri
Garth

Their all in the top 30!

FROM guest


Garth Ploog from the Melbourne Auditions went to my school (Sunbury College). People are saying he is into the Top 30. Just thought you might like to know.
Kirsty xoxoxo


Audition Misrepresentations | BACK |
18 July 2004

Idol hopefuls have expressed anger over audition depictions on the television series which conflict with reality. On the programme it seems that all contestants audition in front of Idol judges Mark, Marcia and Dicko. However, the auditionees have to perform in two separate auditions before they can make it the recorded segment in front of the judges. Contestants have to audition in front of producers and on the same day they perform in front of the executive producers. They are then told to return the next day, wearing the same clothes, at an idyllic location for filming with the judges.

This process was most evident in the Canberra auditions which were originally held at Canberra stadium, however, viewers were transported to Old Parliament House with no explanation. Last years series also required multiple auditions before going to the next round with the judges, with this process seeking the very bad and the good to progress to the next round. American Idol audiences were told that auditions in front of producers also took place.


This feedback was received from A. Chatfield in regards to this issue:

Hi there
This was my first year of auditioning for Australian Idol and I thought it was a sham!!!!!, at the least!

I waited outside for 9 hours, once inside I waited for another 3 hours, A TOTAL OF 12 HOURS!!!!

This is not however the reason why I feel it is a sham, it is because I was under the impression that you got to audition first off in front of Marcia, Dicko and Mark, and boy was I fooled.

Once in the auditioning room I was subjected to auditioning in front of two unknown judges who let me sing two lines and cut me off. When I asked why, they refused to give me any explanation. HOW RUDE!!!!

Who were these so called judges, do they have any idea about real talent, obviously NOT!!!!.

I know it is a sham because I saw a person who dressed in a black suit, with these ridiculous big glasses on, and his face was painted all black. He went in to sing or shall I say scream a song with the words "YOU ARE WHAT I EAT", and he got through. My guess is that they let a certain number of people through that don't possess real talent to make the show more interesting and especially for a real good laugh.

Although I thought it was hilarious, I did not appreciate having faith that Australian Idol was honestly there to give people with real talent a go!!, well at least I know how tricky the media can be as I have seen recently on the TV show Australian Idol, it is portrayed that you go and audition first in front of Marcia, Dicko and Mark.

Oh well at least I now know the truth, the truth that

o Australian Idol is not there to give people with real talent a fair go

o Most of all, IT'S ALL ABOUT TV RATINGS!!!!!!!

I will however remain positive about the whole experience, after all I guess that Australian Idol can't have only the real talented people, because it may loose viewers and channel 10 may loose it's ratings!!.

But they surly did miss out on a good talent!!!!!!, and probably many more, oh well!!!!!!

Miss not so happy


Top 117 Finalists | BACK |
18 July 2004

Confirmed names

Ben Eaton
Liza Schulberg
Jessica Fuhrmeister
Nicole Wheatley
Anthony Callea
Jarrod Rojo
Garth Ploog
Corey Gilchrist
Ngairre Joseph
Kirsty Akers


Here is their information provided by forum members:

Liza Schulberg, 26, Victoria
Performed 'One Moment In Time' by Whitney Houston

Jessica Fuhrmeister, 21, Victoria
Performed 'Wade In The Water' by Eva Cassidy

Nicole Wheatley, 18, Victoria
Performed 'Moondance' by Van Morrisson

Anthony Callea, 21, Victoria
Performed ?

Jarrod Rojo, 26, Victoria
Performed 'Let's Stay Together' by Al Green

Garth Ploog, 18, Victoria
Performed 'Lean On Me' by Bill Withers

Ben Eaton, 25, Victoria
Performed 'Heard It Through The Grapevine' by ?

Corey Gilchrist, 16, Tamworth
Performed ?

Ngairre Joseph, 20, Tamworth
Performed 'I Will Get There' by Boyz II Men

Kirsty Akers, 16, Tamworth
Performed 'Jolene' by Dolly Parton

From ai2top100 on Inside Australian Idol forums

More information can be found in the rumours section of Inside Australian Idol


Download Idol video/audio | BACK |
18 July 2004

Missed the first two episodes of Australian Idol 2 or want to relive the good, the bad and the ugly from auditions in Melbourne, Tamworth, Canberra and Brisbane?

Go here to download Australian Idol 2 - Episode 1 and Episode 2

http://www.idolonline.org/requests/AustralianIdol2-Episode01.wmv 119 MB
http://www.idolonline.org/requests/AustralianIdol2-Episode02.wmv 115 MB

and more media can be downloaded from:
http://www.idolonline.org/music5a-117.htm


Idol 2 Premiere rates well | BACK |
14 July 2004

The second series of the hit show Australian Idol, which has made Guy Sebastian, Shannon Noll and Paulini Curuenevuli household names, drew a viewing audience of 1.69 million last night.

This result made Australian Idol the second most watched program of the night, behind Nine's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation attracting 1.77 million viewers.

The second series drew a slightly larger audience compared to 1.64 million people who watched the first episode of the first series last year.

The following night, Wednesday 14th July, the audience grew to 1.714 million, making Australian Idol the most popular show of the day.

"It's a fantastic result," Australian Idol executive producer Greg Beness said.

"I'm extremely pleased with the ratings. We've got a long way to go, but I hope they continue throughout the series."

But Mr Beness said he expected audience numbers to fluctuate as the series progressed to the live semi-finals.

In the 16-39 year age group last night, Network Ten claimed victory with Australian Idol attracting a 52.3 per cent market share, while in the 25-54 age group, Idol secured 43.7 per cent of viewers.

Source: entertainment.news.com.au


Australian Idol 2 starts on July 13 on Network Ten | BACK |
13 July 2004

Idol, the worldwide television phenomenon, is returning to Network Ten after last year's phenomenal success. Network Ten Australia has confirmed that Australian Idol will premiere on the network over two nights on July 13 and July 14. The hour-long specials will start from 7:30pm both nights.

Australian Idol will air weekly for 17-weeks, with two shows a week on Sunday and Monday evenings. Australian Idol Extra will once again be screening extra footage from the making of the series and will be broadcast exclusively on Channel V starting in August. A show dedicated to the worst of the auditions will also be screened during the 17-week series on Ten. The final episode will be filmed live from the Sydney Opera House during the final ratings week in November.

Australian Idol is produced by Fremantle Media subsidiary Grundy Television in association with UK company 19TV for Network Ten Australia.


Australian Idol promos air on Ten | BACK |
13 July 2004

Network Ten are currently airing 30 and 10 second promotional adverts in primetime programs to generate interest in the second series of Australian Idol. The advert features one of the three judges of Australian Idol with comments from the previous series played in the background with the phrase: "There's only one Australian Idol. australianidol.yahoo.com.au" displayed at the conclusion of the advert. The sequence of commercials aims to promote the upcoming series and the official website as well as generating public interest in the July 13 premiere of Australian Idol.

You can download small clips of these promos from the media section of this site.


Australian Idol secures million dollar sponsorships | BACK |
13 July 2004

Ten is understood to have once again signed lucrative sponsorship deals for Australian Idol 2 including- a clothing brand to outfit the Idol contestants, fast food outlet McDonald's and the cosmetics company L'Oréal.

Australian Idol 2 Program details | BACK |
13 July 2004

Details about Australian Idol have been released. The top 117 contestants from auditions in capital cities around the country went on to the next competition round which was held over a week in June 2004. The top 30 [down from last years top 40] contestants of Australian Idol have been selected following a week-long audition held at the Seymour Centre in Sydney. The top 117 contestants from around Australia were reduced to 30 after the intense auditions. Australian Idol cameras were there to capture all the actions for the upcoming series. The top 30 will be split into smaller groups. Each week, starting mid-series, a different group will be featured on the show. Viewers then have the chance to cast their vote for who progresses through to the finals. Through this voting process, the top 30 will be trimmed down to just ten finalists.

From mid September, these ten finalists will perform in front of a massive studio audience and the show will be broadcast live. At the end of each live show, the studio audience and the home viewers will be able to vote for their favourite performer through phone and SMS voting. Each week, the number of performers will be reduced until there are only two contestants left standing.

In a major live event, the final episode will feature these two aspiring stars competing for the ultimate title of Australian Idol, chosen by the national TV audience. The next Australian Idol will then be announced.

Judges and Hosts of Australian Idol announced | BACK |
13 July 2004

The judges and hosts of Australian Idol have been confirmed by Network Ten. The judging panel on Australian Idol will once again consist of singer Marcia Hines, former singer and now writer and producer Mark Holden and BMG record label representative Ian Dickson.

Australian Idol will be hosted by Channel [V] personalities Andrew G and James Mathison, while the behind-the-scenes program Inside Idol will be hosted by Leah McLeod, former host of Nine's Renovation Rescue and Ten's House of Hits. John Foreman has also signed on as a Music Director for the second series.

Inside Australian Idol is Back | BACK |
13 July 2004

The most popular unofficial Australian Idol fansite, Inside Australian Idol, is back for the second series of the country's most popular reality TV series Australian Idol. Inside Australian Idol has been relaunched today, 13 July 2004. It is an unofficial website for the Network Ten TV show- Australian Idol. The site features news, show information and multimedia content. The URL for Inside Australian Idol has changed from http://users.tpg.com.au/libertyx/idol/ to http://www.insideaustralianidol.com . Please bookmark the site for the latest from Australian Idol.

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