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Shock jock Kyle is Idol's new Mr Nasty
21 February 2005
THE sparks are set to fly on Australian Idol, with outspoken and unrepentant radio shock jock Kyle Sandilands joining the judging panel.
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Anthony Callea builds bridge over troubled water
21 February 2005
March is the month for more Idol releases.
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What's Going On with Casey
21 February 2005
'What's Going On' is the killer second single from Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan and the second smash from her debut album 'For You'.
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Australian Idol Album, Single and Tour
18 January 2005
To coincide with the upcoming national Australian Idol tour starting this month, producers have decided to release a cast album and single featuring the Idol contestants.
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Donovan dons her goth look
18 January 2005
An old tyre yard isn't the kind of place you'd expect to find Casey Donovan, particularly in the middle of the night.
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Casey's heart's hardly in it
18 January 2005
In the latest embarrassment for Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan, she has been overtaken on the charts by an dol contestant who didn't even manage to make the finals.
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Local idols reclaim charts
18 January 2005
Australian Idol competitors led an upsurge in popularity of home-grown music in 2004, with a whole new generation of local talent emerging.
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Loser doubles winner's sales
18 January 2005
Anthony Callea may have been beaten into second place in November's Australian Idol final by Casey Donovan, but it's Callea who is currently trumping Donovan with his sales figures.
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Chart positions for Anthony and Casey
22 December 2004
Australian Idol runner-up Anthony Callea has debuted this week in the national Aria charts singles charts at number one with his version of "The Prayer".
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Anthony ousts Casey
22 December 2004
Rival Anthony Callea has knocked Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan from the top of the singles charts, while her debut album has failed to reach number one.
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Casey won't diet for anyone
22 December 2004
Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan has rejected advice that she should diet and give up her packet-a-day smoking habit.
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Casey Donovan, For You
22 December 2004
Approaching this album is a case of don't worry about the quality, feel the width. What could possibly stop this album entering the chart at No. 1 on Monday?
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Shy Casey left behind
22 December 2004
Before Australian Idol, Casey Donovan used to walk around her school with her head down, with no confidence.
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Casey culls fart noises
22 December 2004
Fame for Casey Donovan means she can no longer sit at the back of a cinema and make fart noises.
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Casey debuts at Number One, Album Details
6 December 2004
Australian Idol Casey Donovan's first single 'Listen to Your Heat' has debuted on the official national Aria Charts at Number One on the singles charts.
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Anthony's Prayers answered
6 December 2004
Australian Idol runner-up Anthony Callea returned to Sydney last week to record and shoot the film clip for his first single, The Prayer.
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Donovan appears at first gig
6 December 2004
After a gruelling week in the studio making her debut album, Australian Idol's Casey Donovan yesterday gave her first public performance since winning the competition.
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Send Fanmail to Idols
6 December 2004
Want to send Casey or Anthony fan mail? Just send your message to the following address.
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World Idol cancelled
6 December 2004
Singapore newspaper, The New Paper, reported last week that industry sources said World Idol would most likely be cancelled.
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Callea signs record deal
25 November 2004
Australian Idol runner-up Anthony Callea has signed a recording contract with Sony BMG.
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Idol life has only just begun
25 November 2004
Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan was exhausted yesterday but well aware she has an extraordinary year ahead of her.
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Ten's record ratings
25 November 2004
It was a night to remember for Casey Donovan - and a day to forget for Telstra after directing fans to a similarly named gay porn site - but Channel Ten is celebrating record ratings for Australian Idol's finale as the year's top program with 3.35 million national viewers.
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Telstra directs Idol fans to porn site
25 November 2004
Newspaper advertisements congratulating Australian Idol winner Casey Donovan mistakenly directed fans to a gay porn website.
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After the high, Casey hits a low
25 November 2004
She's Australia's newest superstar but Casey Donovan said today she felt like a "big blob of crap".
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Casey named Australia's next Idol
21 November 2004
Sydney's Casey Donovan was named Australia's next Idol in an extraordinary live television event.
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Casey gets the numbers
21 November 2004
In the end, the girl with the big heart triumphed over the boy who wore his heart on his sleeve.
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Grand Final details
20 November 2004
The Australian Idol Grand Final is once again gearing up to be the television event of the year.
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Australian Idol to Tour
20 November 2004
The votes have been counted Australia, and the results are unanimous, Talentworks and Michael Chugg Entertainment today announced... that... Australian Idol's Final 10... and special guest John Foreman, will tour Australia early next year!
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The Fro sparks plunge on Idol favourite Anthony
20 November 2004
Australian Idol punters copped the tip from Guy Sebastian and backed Anthony Callea into hot favouritism before Centrebet closed its book on the singing competition for the last time today.
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The real winner: Australia's youth
20 November 2004
They're pop's odd couple. The shy, Kurt Cobain-adoring teenager and the slick twentysomething who digs Lionel Richie.
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Winner's debut single scandal
19 November 2004
After Inside Australian Idol's exclusive revelations that the Australian Idol 2 winner's debut single "Listen With Your Heart" written by Diane Warren was previously recorded by CeCe Winans in 1998, in has been revealed that a misunderstanding may have eventuated between Idol producers and Warren's own publishing label RealSongs.
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Who will win?
19 November 2004
Going by the unofficial votes on our poll and messages on the accompany message board, the general consensus is that Anthony has a greater chance of winning the competition but support for Casey has increased, especially in the final days after she made it into the head-to-head showdown.
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Bigpond Idol debut single deal
19 November 2004
The debut single made by the winner of Australian Idol will be available for download from BigPond Music soon after the competition concludes on Sunday night.
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They're the most in a host of talent
19 November 2004
Australian Idol, which has its spectacular finale at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday, is not just about the making of a pop star. It's a breeding ground for a new generation of Australian television stars, and we're not talking about popular judges Ian "Dicko" Dickson, Marcia Hines or Mark Holden.
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Winners single "Listen With Your Heart" a cover | EXCLUSIVE
15 November 2004
The Australian Idol winners single "Listen With Your Heart" is not an original song written especially for the Australian Idol 2 winner but rather a little known track originally sung by US African American gospel singer CeCe Winans.
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Heart-throb or heartfelt?
15 November 2004
The Australian Idol final performance show was a battle of the sexes as well as styles, with Anthony Callea and Casey Donovan demonstrating just how different they are.
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Final head-to-head performance show
14 November 2004
Anthony and Casey have performed live in the final round of live theme shows in Australian Idol.
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Listen with your heart ...
14 November 2004
Pretentious musicians like to tell you "it's all about the music, man" but in the penultimate stages of Australian Idol the truth is it is all about The Story.
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Ticket to Ryde
14 November 2004
The nine-year-olds are on board, but just watch cynical adults fall for Idol pleasures, writes Ruth Ritchie.
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Big bet on Idol Callea
14 November 2004
Casey Donovan is the underdog to win Australian Idol after a punter bet $10,000 on her rival Anthony Callea.
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Fine tuning Idol choices
14 November 2004
Australian Idol finalists Casey Donovan and Anthony Callea have made what will be the most important decision of the competition - what to sing on Sunday.
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Courtney eliminated, final two remain
8 November 2004
The final 2 contestants of Australian Idol 2004 were revealed tonight after Courtney Murphy was eliminated from the series in the ninth live result shows.
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Casey makes Idol history
8 November 2004
Australian Idol served up a major surprise tonight when Casey Donovan was voted through to the grand final at the Sydney Opera House.
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Audition for The X-factor
8 November 2004
With the final of Australian Idol only two weeks away, Network Ten is already looking to the future with the new talent quest program 'The X-Factor".
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1970s Performance Show
7 November 2004
The remaining Top 3 Idol finalists have performed live in the tenth round of live theme shows on Australian Idol.
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Idols face their demons
7 November 2004
Australian Idol finalist Casey Donovan suffered her fair share of taunts about her weight and dress sense long before the judges on the hit TV show started on her.
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Can they make it?
7 November 2004
And then there were three . . .
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Hayley eliminated
1 November 2004
The Top 4 of Australian Idol was reduced to just three after Hayley Jensen was eliminated from the series in the eighth live result shows.
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David Mott is Ten's programming idol
1 November 2004
Early this month David Mott sounded half serious when hoping the Ten Network wouldn't win week 43 of the truncated TV ratings year determining who draws how much from the $3 billion commercial TV advertising well.
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New DVD: Australian Made- The Final 12
1 November 2004
This year Idol producers have decided not to release a cast single or album, opting instead to release a special DVD featuring this year's Top 12 contestants titled 'Australian Made- The Final 12' last week.
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Big Band Performance Show
31 October 2004
The remaining Top 4 Australian Idol finalists have performed live in the ninth round of live theme shows on Australian Idol.
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Idol stars face up to realities
31 October 2004
Anthony Callea realised how much his life had changed when he met Tina Arena.
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Idol gossip has Anthony fans in spin
31 October 2004
It was the news that threatened to reduce thousands of girls, grans and gay men to tears.
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Chanel eliminated
25 October 2004
The Top 5 of Australian Idol was reduced to just four after Chanel Cole was eliminated from the series after the seventh live result shows.
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Idol hopefuls getting nervous
25 October 2004
Courtney is hitting the exercise bike, Anthony is chewing off his fingernails, Chanel's taken to hiding in toilets, Hayley needs her man and Casey's plastic rats might soon need to be surgically removed from her.
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RnB/Soul Performance Show
24 October 2004
The remaining Top 5 Australian Idol finalists have performed live in the eighth round of live theme shows on Australian Idol.
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Up Close and Personal
24 October 2004
The remaining Top 5 Australian Idol contestants performed live in an Up Close and Personal special screened last Tuesday 19 October.
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Marty eliminated
18 October 2004
The Top 6 of Australian Idol was reduced to just five after Marty Worrall was eliminated from the series after the seventh live result shows.
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1980's Performance Show
17 October 2004
The remaining Top 6 Australian Idol finalists have performed live in the seventh round of live theme shows in Australian Idol.
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Dicko: Why I had to go
17 October 2004
Australian Idol judge Ian "Dicko" Dickson said yesterday he defected from Channel 10 to Channel 7 because he was bored with talent shows.
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Bad note for Ricki-Lee
13 October 2004
The 18-year-old girl everybody was talking about yesterday was Ricki-Lee Coulter.
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Dicko's six-figure defection
13 October 2004
Australian Idol's hard-man judge Ian Dickson is set to leave the successful talent show to join the troubled Seven network next year.
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Centrebet Odds
13 October 2004
Centrebet says that Melbourne vocalist Anthony Callea is odds on to win Australian Idol after the surprising departure of the best backed contestant, Gold Coast teenager Ricki-Lee Coulter.
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Is Australian Idol murdering pop music?
13 October 2004
Australian Idol and its TV driven talent show ilk that are growing with such contagion that they will soon even come with their own designated disease (Factor X) - are a boil on the bum of an industry who's best and brightest are overwhelmingly original talent.
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Ricki-Lee eliminated
11 October 2004
The Top 7 of Australian Idol was reduced to just six after another shock result when Ricki-Lee Coulter was eliminated from the series after the sixth of the live result shows.
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The Beatles Performance Show
10 October 2004
The remaining Top 7 Australian Idol finalists have performed live in the sixth round of live theme shows in Australian Idol.
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More criticism of Australian Idol
10 October 2004
Television powerhouse Australian Idol is unlikely to produce any long-term superstars, Australian music royalty Michael Gudinski has claimed.
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Anthony denies gay rumours
10 October 2004
Victoria's Australian Idol contender Anthony Callea has denied fan claims he is gay.
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Daniel eliminated
4 October 2004
The Top 8 of Australian Idol was reduced to just seven after Daniel Belle was eliminated from the series after the fifth of the live result shows.
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Idol's Choice Performance Show
3 October 2004
The remaining Top 8 Australian Idol finalists have performed live in the fifth round of 'live' theme shows in Australian Idol.
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Idol hours
3 October 2004
There are some fastidious viewers who would go out of their way to avoid a show such as Australian Idol, assuming that it is a grotesque orgy of manufactured, commercial blandness.
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Beat Box Challenge
3 October 2004
More than 2,500 teenagers turned out in Brisbane to audition for the Australian Idol Beat Box battle.
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Emelia eliminated
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.
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Disco Performance Show
26 September 2004
The remaining Top 9 Australian Idol finalists have performed live in the forth round of 'live' theme shows in Australian Idol.
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Weighty Issue
26 September 2004
Bulky Australian Idol singer Courtney Murphy has vowed to lose weight after being grilled about his size on national television.
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Amali eliminated
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.
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60's Performance Show
19 September 2004
The remaining Top 10 Australian Idol finalists have performed live in the third round of 'live' theme shows in Australian Idol.
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ARIA 'snubs' Australian Idol
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.
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The X Factor
19 September 2004
Channel 10 announced late last week that it had secured local rights to the new TV talent show.
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Dan eliminated
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.
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Australian Idol beats election debate
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.
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Pop Performance Show
12 September 2004
The remaining Top 11 Australian Idol finalists have performed live in the second round of 'live' theme shows in Australian Idol.
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Angie eliminated
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.
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Australian Made Performance Show
5 September 2004
The Top 12 Australian Idol finalists have performed live in the first round of 'live' theme shows in Australian Idol.
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Sunday Night Themed Shows
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.
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Anthony, Emelia and Marty progress to the Top 12
30 August 2004
Anthony Callea, Emelia Rusciano and Marty Worrall were the remaining wildcard finalists to make up the Top 12.
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Wildcard contestants Perform
29 August 2004
The special wildcard group battled it out in the last of the Semi-final heats of Australian Idol tonight.
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Saving the best till last?
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.
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No cast single or album this year
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.
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Ricki-Lee, Casey and Dan progress to the Top 12
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.
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Get "The Official Inside Story"
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.
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Group 3 Perform in Australian Idol Semi-Final
22 August 2004
The third group in the Semi-finals of Australian Idol performed tonight.
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Australian Idol producer faces legal challenge
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.
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Angie, Amali and Daniel progress to the Top 12
16 August 2004
Angie Narayan, Amali Ward and Daniel Belle were the second lot of three contestants to progress to the Top 12.
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Group 2 Perform in Australian Idol Semi-Final
15 August 2004
The second group in the Semi-finals of Australian Idol performed tonight.
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Tickets for Top 12
15 August 2004
The highly sought after tickets for the Top 12 Idol finals will be available from the official website after next week performance show.
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McClean twins comes Clean
15 August 2004
The real reason for the dramatic withdrawal of Maya McClean from the Top 30 was finally confirmed this week.
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Courtney, Hayley and Chanel progress to the Top 12
9 August 2004
Courtney Murphy, Hayley Jensen and Chanel Cole were the first three contestants to progress to the Top 12.
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Group 1 Perform in Australian Idol Semi-Final
8 August 2004
The first group in the Semi-finals of Australian Idol performed tonight.
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Top 30 replacement announced
8 August 2004
After last Thursday night's dramatic withdrawal by Maya McClean from the Top 30 her replacement has been announced.
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Idol merchandise frenzy
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.
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Who did this year's top 30 support last year?
8 August 2004
Going through the contestant biographies of the Top 30, Inside Australian Idol forum member MaybeNext has tallied the top 30 contestant answers to the question, " Who was your favourite Idol from last year?"
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Centrebet backs Chanel
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.
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Chanel upset over IAI thread
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.
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The official Top 30
1 August 2004
After a 90 minute special tonight the Top 30 Australian Idol finalist were officially announced.
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Contestant to withdraw from Top 30
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.
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The Top 30 revealed
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. UPDATED 30/07/04
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Top 118
22 July 2004
The top 118 Australian Idol contestants have been named after nationwide auditions in all capital cities in Australia.
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Who will make the Top 30?
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.
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Audition Misrepresentations
18 July 2004
Idol hopefuls have expressed anger over audition depictions on the television series which conflict with reality.
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Top 117 Finalists
18 July 2004
Confirmed names
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Download Idol video/audio
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?
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Idol 2 Premiere rates well
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.
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Australian Idol 2 starts on July 13 on Network Ten
13 July 2004
Idol, the worldwide television phenomenon, is returning to Network Ten after last years phenomenal success.
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Australian Idol promos air on Ten
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.
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Australian Idol secures million dollar sponsorships
13 July 2004
Ten is understood to have already signed six lucrative sponsorship deals for Australian Idol 2. MORE >>


Australian Idol 2 Program details
13 July 2004
Details about Australian Idol have been released. MORE >>


Judges and Hosts of Australian Idol announced
13 July 2004
The judges and hosts of Australian Idol have been confirmed by Network Ten. MORE >>


Inside Australian Idol is Back
13 July 2004
Inside Australian Idol was officially launched today, 13 July 2004. MORE >>





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The Auditions by Idol Judge Mark Holden
13 July 2004
Tamworth, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Adelaide, Darwin, Perth and Sydney. What a journey!
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Australian Idol 2 Inside Info
13 July 2004
Insider information about the next series of Australian Idol has been posted by 'newsaboutai2frominsider' on the Inside Australian Idol forums.
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Rumoured Finalists
13 July 2004
The names of contestants that are rumoured to have made it through to the top 100 and top 30 for the second series of Australian Idol. MORE >>


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