Australian Idol on Channel 7 – Camel farm to Idol fame. Singing over heartbreak hump.

Australian Idol leaves no stone unturned in the nation-wide search for the country’s next megastar when it returns to Seven and 7plus Monday, 29 January. 

Queensland Camel farmer, Trent Richardson, enters Australian Idol headquarters nursing a broken heart and uncertainty about stepping into the spotlight: “I’ve always sang, but I’ve had a lot of self-doubt and been told I’m no good, so to do it for myself and my dad is awesome.”  

Trent’s dad, John, reveals: “He was a good kid. He’s a true-blue Aussie. He always had a bit of a kick, he’d be jumping around, he’d be singing. I think that’s what got him into his singing career.”

The 22-year-old from Emu Park might have been singing from a young age, but the stage is far from his comfort zone: “I’m not from the city. I’ve grown up on the camel farm.” 

Auditioning with Bless The Broken Road by Rascal Flatts, Trent divulges: “I picked the song because it means a lot. There’s been a bit of heartbreak.”

Judge Marcia Hines remarks “You’ve got a lovely stage presence, its quiet but its honest.” Fellow judges Kyle Sandilands and Amy Shark agree Trent’s resilience and unique voice could see him winning plaudits on the Australian Idol stage.  

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 on Channel 7 and 7plus – returning Monday 29 January

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