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Recap | Australian Idol on Channel 7 (11 March)

Australian Idol on Channel 7 – Australian Idol dream within reach. Top 6 shoot for the stars.

Tonight on Australian Idol, Drea Onamade and Kiani Smith said goodbye, as the Top 6 secured their place live on Channel Seven and 7plus.

Before hosts Ricki-Lee and Scott Tweedie revealed who was safe and who would have one final chance to perform for their spot, the incredible Top 8 took to the stage for a joyful performance of Rush by Troye Sivan.

Australian Idol host Ricki-Lee also took to the stage with a spectacular performance of the title track off her brand-new chart-topping album On My Own. 

Across Australia, 3.3 million votes were placed, putting Dylan, 30 from Bangalow; Denvah, 24 from Rockhampton; Drea, 26 from Perth; and Kiani, 17 from Bribie Island, in the bottom four. 

After the announcement, judges Kyle Sandilands, Marcia Hines and Amy Shark reflected on Australia’s voting choices. All three were shocked Dylan placed in the bottom four after his incredible performance last night. 

Kyle said: “That sucks, that’s wrong. There must be a recount. That’s some poor voting from home.” 

As the bottom four artists took to the stage again, Drea admitted: “I’m ready to sing. No matter what happens, happens.”

Dylan proved his “real artistry” on Kings of Leon’s Use Somebody, leaving the crowd chanting his name,while Drea impressed with her edgy performance of Kylie Minogue’s Can’t Get You Out of My Head.

Denvah’s rousing rendition of Hold Back the River by James Bay left Kyle declaring: “One of my faves in the contest made me love a genre of music I thought was for losers!”

Kiani’s final performance of Feeling Good by Nina Simone reinforced a voice beyond her years.

Kyle called it “another beautiful performance”, as Kiani reflected on landing in the bottom four: “It does suck. It’s really sad, but we get to sing again, and I enjoy singing every time I’m on the stage.”

Marcia shared: “You’ve got such great musicality beyond your years. I love your voice and your choices in songs. You did beautifully.”

Amy admired the teen’s focus adding: “The way you apply yourself every week…this has really blown my mind to see you take this so seriously and take it to the top. I’m such a fan of you.”

On leaving the competition, Kiani said: “Thank you. It’s been a lifetime experience I will always cherish. Thank you for helping me get this far, it’s been amazing.”

After Drea’s elimination, Amy reflected: “It’s just really sad. I don’t want to see you go. I’ve enjoyed every single performance.”

Drea sent a shoutout to her family, friends and students declaring: “This is not the end of Drea, good luck you will be seeing me!”

Kyle encouraged both talented performers declaring: “Don’t think it’s over yet, life continues, we want to hear the music.”

Sunday 7.00pm on Australian Idol: It’s heroes and tributes week, where The Top 6 will fight for a life-changing spot in the Grand Final. 

The Australian Idol Top 6:

Australian Idol on Channel 7 and 7plus – Performance shows 7.00pm Sunday. Live Results 7.30pm Monday.

Australian Idol on Channel 7

About the Show

Idol is calling. Australian Idol returns Monday, 29 January. This is where stars are made: welcome to Australian Idol!

Twenty-one years after Guy Sebastian pipped Shannon Noll to become Australia’s first Idol, the international star-making sensation returns to Seven and 7 and 7plus for a second big season on Monday, 29 January.

Radio king Kyle Sandilands and TV WEEK Logie Award winner and acclaimed singer Amy Shark will be joined by a new judge: Australian Idol OG and pop legend Marcia Hines. The trio will traverse the country to find the next Guy, Casey or Royston.

Set to be the toughest season yet, with only room for the best of the best, the judges are looking for the complete package: a singer with the sound and style to woo the nation.

Excited to be unearthing Australia’s next singing superstar, Marcia is looking for a strong, pure and melodic voice “that makes the hairs on your body stand up,” regardless of the genre. 

The celebrated singer is also looking forward to re-joining Kyle and Amy on the judges’ desk following her guest judging role on the series last year. 

“I consider Kyle a good friend and Amy is one-in-a-million and a real individual, without trying to be. Also, Kyle’s a Gemini, Amy’s a Taurus, and I’m the Cancerian in the mix and those three star signs get along very nicely.”

Returning to the Idol judges’ desk for his sixth season, Kyle admits there’s no definitive formula for the ultimate performer, but they have a presence and energy that’s hard to ignore: “The ultimate performer is someone that you admire for their talent, and they’ve got a little swagger or a pizzazz about them that just makes them stand out from the crowd.”

Amy added:

“I’m usually blown away if someone can potentially showcase their personality, voice, style and direction in the space of 10 minutes and leave me wanting more. If I want to learn more about you, I’m interested.”

During their audition, contestants will be on the hunt to score a Golden Ticket to progress to the next round, but with just 30 Golden Tickets across the whole auditions, only the most talented performers will claim their coveted spot in the Top 30.

A global success since 2001, the Idol franchise has launched the celebrated careers of Aussie hitmakers including Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Matt Corby, Ricki-Lee, Anthony Callea, Stan Walker, Casey Donovan and Courtney Act.

International music icons Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert also launched their brilliant careers on the Idol stage.

Australian Idol is hosted by multiplatinum-selling, ARIA Award nominated singer-songwriter Ricki-Lee – who was discovered on Australian Idol in 2004 – and internationally renowned entertainment presenter and former E! host Scott Tweedie.

Australian Idol on Channel 7

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