Australian Idol on Channel 7 – It’s now or never. Four massive nights push the Top 30 to their limits on Australian Idol.

Over four massive nights, the Australian Idol Top 30 will become 21 as the journey to uncover the nation’s next singing sensation enters its next phase.

From the thousands who auditioned, only the very best have been chosen to compete in the toughest round of the competition for judges Marcia Hines, Kyle Sandilands and Amy Shark.

Tasked with a series of epic challenges, contestants will be pushed to their limits as they sing for their lives.

With lifelong dreams on the line, the pressure will prove too much for some. Tears, triumphs and tensions will flare as the reality of performing in front of a live audience for the first time takes its toll. 

One contestant’s bold move rocks the judges, while another has some explaining to do to Kyle.

At the end of the week, 21 contestants will be one step closer to being the Australian Idol.

Australian Idol Top 30

•      Amy Reeves, 24, Broome, WA 

•      Bethany Byrne, 28, Mooroolbark, VIC   

•      Billy Menhennet, 20, Ballarat, Victoria         

•      Chenai Boucher, 26, Seaford, VIC              

•      Cynthia Negash, 19, Kurunjang, VIC          

•      Denvah Baker-Moller, 23, Rockhampton, QLD   

•      Drea Onamade, 25, Perth, WA                  

•      Dylan Wright, 30, Bangalow, NSW        

•      Eli Parr, 20,  Loganholme, QLD     

•      Gab Hester, 18, Rye, VIC                    

•      Imogen Spendlove, 23, Melbourne, VIC          

•      Isaac McCallum, 23,   Ulladulla, NSW          

•      Ivana Ilic, 20, Mill Park, VIC            

•      Jackson Smith, 25, Werribee, VIC

•      Jake Carlson, 20, Mernda, VIC              

•      Jess Chalmers, 24, Melbourne, VIC          

•      Jesse Lazaroo, 18, Perth, WA                  

•      Jet Cameron, 16, Fig Tree Pocket, QLD

•      Jonathan Wells, 28, Melbourne, VIC          

•      Kiani Smith, 17, Bribie Island, QLD    

•      Kobe White, 24, Keysborough, VIC     

•      Kym Miaco, 28, Lightsview, SA           

•      Natasha Rose, 19, Moreton Bay, QLD     

•      Olivia Britton, 22, Wodonga, VIC           

•      Prayer Corby, 23, Darwin, NT                 

•      Ripley Alexander, 19, Brisbane, QLD           

•      Saoirse Harding, 19, Gold Coast, QLD      

•      TJ Zimba, 24, Karratha, WA             

•      Trent Richardson, 22, Emu Park, QLD         

  •      Tyler Hammill, 21, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Australian Idol on Channel 7 and 7plus – 7.00pm Sunday and 7.30pm Monday – Wednesday

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.

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Australian Idol on Channel 7

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