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Emelia eliminated | BACK |
27 September 2004

The Top 9 of Australian Idol was reduced to just eight after Emelia Rusciano was eliminated from the series after the forth of the live result shows. Before the lines closed at 7:40pm, the remaining Top 9 sang together with a performance of "We Are Family"- a classic Disco hit.

After the performance, hosts Andrew G and James Mathison named the three contestants who had the least amount of votes. They were Marty Worrall, Casey Donovan and Emelia. The emotional contestants were then told that both Casey and Marty were again safe for another week and that the 25 year-old mother Emelia was eliminated. The live audience were able to show their appreciation while Emelia performed her song from last night's Disco themed show- "Turn The Beat Around" by Vicki Sue Robinson, with all the other Idol contestants joining her on stage

Tune in on Thursday for "Inside Idol" at 7.30pm for all the behind the scenes action including all the reaction from tonight's elimination. Also tune in next Sunday to see the fifth round of live performances with a show based on the contestants own choice and next Monday to see which contestant is eliminated next.



Disco Performance Show | BACK |
26 September 2004

The remaining Top 9 Australian Idol finalists have performed live in the forth round of 'live' theme shows in Australian Idol. The contestants sang songs made famous in the Disco era, which included songs made famous by the Gloria Gaynor, Vicki Sue Robinson and Hot Chocolate among others for the Disco show on tonight.

Here is a list of what each of them sang on the forth episode of the live themed show, 26 September 2004 and their respective voting lines-

Casey- "Shake Your Groove Thing" by Peaches and Herb 1902 55 55 61
Courtney- "Everyone's A Winner" by Hot Chocolate 1902 55 55 62
Chanel- "Never Can Say Goodbye" by Jackson Five/Gloria Gaynor 1902 55 55 63
Daniel- "Working My Way Back To You" by The Spinners 1902 55 55 64
Ricki-Lee- "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough" by Michael Jackson 1902 55 55 65
Hayley- "If I Can't Have You" by Yvonne Elliman 1902 55 55 66
Anthony- "Car Wash" by Rose Royce 1902 55 55 67
Marty- "More Than A Woman" by Bee Gees/Tavares 1902 55 55 68
Emelia- "Turn The Beat Around" by Vicki Sue Robinson 1902 55 55 69

SMS First Name to 19 10 10


Phone lines open until 7.40 pm and SMS lines open until 7.00 pm, Monday 27 September. Phone voting and SMS voting will be charged at 55 cents.

Which contestant will depart Idol this week? Which contestants will have the least votes? Vote for your favourite contestant to keep them in. You decide who will be the Australian Idol. Tune in tomorrow from 7:30pm to see who will be told that they are heading home and who are safe.



Weighty Issue | BACK |
26 September 2004

Is this man too fat to be a pop star?
By Liam Houlihan
26sep04

BULKY Australian Idol singer Courtney Murphy has vowed to lose weight after being grilled about his size on national television.

But while the 24-year-old performer from Perth seems comfortable with judge Ian Dickson's comments on his weight, others are furious over the incident.
Health experts and music industry figures have slammed the controversial judge's comments which have ignited a debate on whether singers can be too fat for pop.

On last Sunday's show Dickson put the performer on the spot, asking whether he was comfortable with his weight.

"When I talk to people about you they'll say 'the big guy', 'the fat guy'. I think you're perfect but is that the way you want to be seen?" Dickson said.

Murphy, who is second favourite to win, replied that he would like to work on his weight.

"I know this industry, whether we like it or not, is geared around image and weight," he said.

Health experts have expressed disappointment at portly Dickson for focusing on Murphy's bulk, and labelled his comments dangerous.

Thea O'Connor, a dietician and specialist in body image issues, warned negative body image could lead to lack of self-esteem, dangerous dieting and over-exercising.

"If people feel like they've got a good voice but not the requisite looks, they are either going to be discouraged or prompted to do dangerous, extreme things," Ms O'Connor said.

And music industry figure Ian Meldrum said there was room in pop for contemporary Big Boppers and Chubby Checkers, if they have talent.

"The industry has always had its teen idols that don't leave much of an impact. But the acts that tend to last are your Joe Cockers and Meat Loafs," he said.

Meldrum said Dickson should reassess his priorities, given he likened Norway's Kurt Nilsen to a hobbit before Nilsen went on to win World Idol. Dickson also came under fire last year for telling contestant Paulini Curuenavuli she was too fat for her dress.

Source: Herald Sun



Amali eliminated | BACK |
20 September 2004

The Top 10 of Australian Idol was reduced to nine after Amali Ward was eliminated from the series after the third of the live result shows. Before the lines closed at 7:40pm, the remaining Top 10 sang together with a performance of "Good Lovin'"- a song made famous by Young Rascals in the 60's.

After the performance, hosts Andrew G and James Mathison named the three contestants who had the least amount of votes. They were Hayley Jensen, Marty Worrall and Amali. The emotional contestants were then told that both Hayley and Marty were again safe for another week and that the 16 year-old Amali was eliminated. The live audience were able to show their appreciation while Amali performed her song from last night's 60's themed show- "Say A Little Prayer" by Dionne Warwick.

Tune in on Thursday for "Inside Idol" at 7.30pm for all the behind the scenes action including a medical scare and Idol visits to day spas. Also tune in next Sunday to see the forth round of live performances with a show based on hits from the Disco era and next Monday to see which contestant is eliminated next.



60's Performance Show | BACK |
19 September 2004

The remaining Top 10 Australian Idol finalists have performed live in the third round of 'live' theme shows in Australian Idol. The contestants sang songs made famous in the 1960's, which included songs made famous by Dionne Warwick, Tina Turner, and Rolling Stones among others for the 60's show on tonight.

Here is a list of what each of them sang on the third episode of the live themed show, 19 September 2004 and their respective voting lines-

Emelia 'Anyone Who Had A Heart' by Dionne Warwick 1902 55 55 61
Ricki-Lee 'Proud Mary' by Tina Turner 1902 55 55 62
Anthony 'Gimme Some Lovin' by Spencer Davis 1902 55 55 63
Amali 'Say A Little Prayer' by Dionne Warwick 1902 55 55 64
Daniel 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother' by The Hollies 1902 55 55 65
Marty 'Satisfaction' by Rolling Stones 1902 55 55 66
Hayley 'To Sir With Love' by Lulu 1902 55 55 67
Courtney 'Spinning Wheel' by Blood Sweat and Tears 1902 55 55 68
Chanel 'Walk On By' by Dionne Warwick 1902 55 55 69
Casey 'Somebody To Love' by Jefferson Airplane 1902 55 55 70

SMS First Name to 19 10 10


Phone lines open until 7.40 pm and SMS lines open until 7.00 pm, Monday 20 September. Phone voting and SMS voting will be charged at 55 cents.

Which contestant will depart Idol this week? Which contestants will have the least votes? Vote for your favourite contestant to keep them in. You decide who will be the Australian Idol. Tune in tomorrow from 7:30pm to see who will be told that they are heading home and who are safe.



ARIA 'snubs' Australian Idol | BACK |
19 September 2004

Australian Idol, now in its second series, has continued to grow its ratings and insinuate itself into every corner of pop culture, but the show's popularity isn't universal.

More than 2 million Australians tuned in to watch Channel Ten's Australian Idol last Sunday compared with the 1.47 million who watched the election debate on Channel Nine. Even the Treasurer, Peter Costello, admits he changed channels to catch a little Idol action, albeit at the urging of his teenage children. When politicians start name-dropping a television talent quest, it's safe to assume it's captured the zeitgeist.

Even those who don't watch the show struggle to escape it. The media is saturated with stories about its contestants and judges. Still, the show's popularity isn't universal. It's reviled by those who believe its pre-packaged format undermines the promotion of more authentic talent. This group scored a victory this week as the three most popular singers from the first series - Guy Sebastian, Shannon Noll, Cosima De Vito and Paulini - were marginalised in the list of nominations for this year's ARIA Awards.

All three have racked up substantial record sales. That's underlined by the fact each is nominated for highest selling single, an award category decided by sales alone. Sebastian and Noll are also vying for highest selling album. But the Idol alumni didn't manage a single nomination for peer-voted awards such as best pop release and best male artist. And when it comes to credibility, they're the ones that really count.

Australian Idol judge Ian Dickson angered by the limited nominations is set to boycott the ARIA awards ceremony in October because he believes Idol stars have been snubbed by the music industry. No Australian Idol stars were nominated in peer-voted categories for the ARIA awards, despite their chart success.

In a letter to a Sydney newspaper, Dickson has called the lack of nominations a disgrace.

"I've witnessed a lot of industry snobbery hanging out with Guy and Shannon: a feeling from artists and execs alike that these two don't belong in the hallowed ground that is the ARIA Top 10," he said. Dickson claims the judging academy for the ARIAs, made up of 1034 people from the music industry, has ignored some of Australia's best-known, chart-topping musicians because of a desire to appear "cool".

But the producer for the ARIA awards, Mark Pope, reacted angrily to the claim. "It seems the judge can't handle the judges' decision," said Mr Pope. "I think it's a little precious. How petulant. For God's sake, grow up."

Despite the controversy Noll and Sebastian are set to perform live on the night.


Sources: The Age and SMH



The X Factor | BACK |
19 September 2004

Channel 10 announced late last week that it had secured local rights to the new TV talent show devised by Simon Cowell, who pioneered the role of bad-boy-Brit judge on the Idol formats in the US and UK.

The X Factor is a search for singing stars in three categories - under 25s, over 25s and vocal groups.

Like Idol there are three judges and like Idol, Cowell in the UK is one of them. No word on whether our Cowell equivalent will appear in the local version of the show, which will air in February.

Source: The Daily Telegraph


Dan eliminated | BACK |
13 September 2004

The Top 11 of Australian Idol was reduced to ten after Dan O'Connor was eliminated from the series after the second of the live finals result shows. Before the results were announced, the remaining Top 11 sang together with a performance of "Play That Funky Music".

After the performance hosts Andrew G and James Mathison named the three contestants who had the least amount of votes. They were Dan, Hayley Jensen and Marty Worrall. The emotional contestants were then told that both Hayley and Marty was safe for another week and that Dan was eliminated. The live audience were able to show their appreciation while Dan performed his song from last night's themed Pop show-"Higher" by Creed.

Tune in tomorrow for the hour-long special "Australian Idol: Live and Unforgettable" when the most memorable auditionees return to sing for their chance to perform at the Australian Idol finale at the Sydney Opera House.

Also tune in on Thursday for "Inside Idol" at 7.30pm for all the behind the scenes action and next Sunday to see the third live performance show based on 1960's hits and next Monday to see which contestant is eliminated.


Australian Idol beats election debate | BACK |
13 September 2004

Australians have voted with their remote controls to confirm they like reality TV more than the reality of a cliff-hanger election campaign.

Opposition Leader Mark Latham was judged the winner of the great debate with Prime Minister John Howard, but reality TV program Australian Idol won the night on television.

Ratings figures indicated the debate on Nine was watched by a peak of 1.51 million people across the nation, compared to a peak of more than 2.1 million viewers for Australian Idol on the Ten Network.

The ratings for the debate did improve when about 290,000 people were added who watched the delayed 10pm telecast on the ABC. But the debate still finished second overall to Australian Idol.

The Seven Network's JAG, or Coxy's Big Break in Melbourne, came in third with a peak of 1.2 million viewers, while the ABC attracted about 800,000 viewers for its program on the life of Sir Donald Bradman.

Politically, the debate attracted its biggest audience in Melbourne and Sydney and its weakest audience share in the key election battlegrounds of Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane, where the ALP needs to make ground in order to win power.

The Nine network's electronic worm, which judged audience reaction to comments during the debate, gave the contest to Mr Latham 67 per cent to 33 per cent.

Mr Costello said Mr Howard was the clear winner, but he had tipped viewers would have preferred Australian Idol.

Source: AAP

Missed the debate? Get the transcript here. Or checkout the Triple J election site at
http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/events/election_04/
And don't forget to have your say on our Inside Australian Idol Election thread in our forum.


Pop Performance Show | BACK |
12 September 2004

The remaining Top 11 Australian Idol finalists have performed live in the second round of 'live' theme shows in Australian Idol. The contestants sang songs classified under the broad Pop genre, which included songs made famous by R. Kelly, No Doubt, Anastacia, Pink, Beyonce and Creed among others for the pop themed show on tonight.

Here is a list of what each of them sang on the second episode of the live themed show, 12 September 2004 and their respective voting lines-

Casey 'Don't Speak' by No Doubt 1902 55 55 61
Dan 'Higher' by Creed 1902 55 55 62
Emelia 'Family Potrait' by Pink 1902 55 55 63
Anthony 'Ignition' by R. Kelly 1902 55 55 64
Hayley 'Left Outside Alone' by Anastacia 1902 55 55 65
Amali 'Shackles' by Mary Mary 1902 55 55 66
Courtney 'No Matter What' by Badfinger 1902 55 55 67
Chanel 'History Repeating' by Propellerheads 1902 55 55 68
Daniel 'You Raise Me Up' by Josh Groban 1902 55 55 69
Marty 'Remedy' by Jason Mraz 1902 55 55 70
Ricki-Lee 'Work It Out' by Beyonce Knowles 1902 55 55 71

SMS First Name to 19 10 10

Phone and SMS lines open until 7.00 pm, Monday 13 September. Phone voting and SMS voting will be charged at 55 cents.

Which contestant will depart Idol this week? Which contestants will have the least votes? Vote for your favourite contestant to keep them in. You decide who will be the Australian Idol. Tune in tomorrow from 7:30pm to see who will be told that they are heading home and who are safe.


Angie eliminated | BACK |
6 September 2004

The Top 12 of Australian Idol was reduced to eleven after Angie Narayan was eliminated from the series after the first of the live finals result shows. Before the lines closed at 7:40pm, all the Top 12 sang together for the first time with a performance of "Good Times"- song made famous by INXS and Jimmy Barnes.

After the performance hosts Andrew and James named the three contestants who had the least amount of votes. They were Emelia, Angie and Amali. The emotional contestants were then told that Amali was safe for another week. It was then announced that Angie was eliminated. The live audience were able to show their appreciation to Angie while she performed her song from last night's themed show- 'Touch Of Paradise' by John Farnham.

Tune in on Thursday for "Inside Idol" at 7.30pm for all the behind the scenes action. Also tune in next Sunday to see the second live performance show based on 'Pop' hits and next Monday to see who which contestant is eliminated next.



Australian Made Performance Show | BACK |
5 September 2004

The Top 12 Australian Idol finalists have performed live in the first round of 'live' theme shows in Australian Idol. The contestants sang songs made famous by Australian artists including the Bee Gees, Olivia Newtown John, Tina Arena, John Farnham and Killing Heidi among others for the locally themed show on tonight.

Here is a list of what each of them sang on the first episode of the 'live' themed show, 5 September 2004 and their respective voting lines-

Chanel 'Green Limousine' by The Badloves 1902 55 55 61
Daniel 'You Were There' by Southern Sons 1902 55 55 62
Amali 'Emotion' by the Bee Gees 1902 55 55 63
Ricki-Lee 'Hopelessly Devoted To You' by Olivia Newtown John 1902 55 55 64
Marty 'When Something Is Wrong With My Baby' by John Farnham and Jimmy Barnes 1902 55 55 65
Casey 'Symphony Of Life' by Tina Arena 1902 55 55 66
Angie 'Touch Of Paradise' by John Farnham 1902 55 55 67
Anthony 'Heaven Knows' by Rick Price 1902 55 55 68
Emelia 'Just The Thing' by Paul Mac 1902 55 55 69
Dan 'Better' by Screaming Jet 1902 55 55 70
Hayley 'Weir' by Killing Heidi 1902 55 55 71
Courtney 'You Weren't In Love With Me' by Billy Fields 1902 55 55 72

SMS First Name to 19 10 10


Phone and SMS lines open until 7.40 pm, Monday 6 September. Phone voting and SMS voting will be charged at 55 cents.

One contestant will depart Idol each week until there are only two left standing for the Grand Final at the Sydney Opera House.

Which contestants will have the least votes? Vote for your favourite contestant to keep them in. You decide who will be the Australian Idol. Tune in tomorrow from 7:30pm to see who will be told that they are heading home and who are safe.


Sunday Night Themed Shows | BACK |
5 September 2004

The next round of Australian Idol will involve weekly live performances in front of a live audience and a band on themed shows and the elimination of one of the Top 12 each week. The Sunday night 'live' performances shows will feature each of the finalists performing a song during themed episodes in front to of a studio audience. These themed nights will allow the voting public to see how versatile and adaptable each contestant can be while performing in a particular style or genre.

The first themed night will centre on Australian Made songs and the contestants will perform hits made famous by Australian artists. The audience will then begin voting with the results of the show televised on the following Monday night. Each week the performer with the least phone and SMS votes will be given the boot


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