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James Mathison Leaving Australian Idol.

james-mathiesonThe very witty James Mathison will not be co-hosting Australian Idol this year.

In an article he gives his reasons as:

He said he craved anonymity and a more unstructured lifestyle.

“There is a part of me who has a little bit struggled with being ‘that guy from that thing’ and taking a step back totally allows you to do what you want to do without that scrutiny,” the 31-year-old said.

“For six years Australian Idol has been my life.

“You really don’t have time to do anything else. I might not have been the greatest friend to people because I had no time so it would be cool to change that.”

“I had to follow my gut and I wanted new challenges,” he says.

“I am not going to be on TV for a while now, not Dancing With The Stars or anything like that. I just want to explore other music opportunities while I am here in New York and at home.”

Personally I think it will be a huge loss to the show, considering last year the judging panel was boring, yes Dicko and Marcia I am talking about you. Also does this mean Ricki-Lee Coulter’s role will be expanded?

Full story here. 









1 AWT { 03.31.09 at 11:57 am }

I thought they brought Ricki-Lee in last year because Andrew wanted to be phased out. Hmmm…

2 Anonymous { 03.31.09 at 12:08 pm }

James is out, Ricki-Lee is still in?

Australian Idol. Dead to me.

3 Dolph Ziggler { 03.31.09 at 12:57 pm }

Wrestling is my life.

4 bella vita { 03.31.09 at 8:43 pm }

he was my preferred host as opposed to Andrew “try hard” G.
I have met both guys over the years and James is genuinley a nice and humble guy…andrew is just a tosser

5 Reality Raver { 03.31.09 at 9:38 pm }

AWT – That was the rumour going around last year that he was going to run off to LA with wife. But I suspect now he is asking for a huge pay rise.

Bella Vita – I also preferred James to Andrew G. He did look bored last year. I wonder if they will bring anyone else in.