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Australian Idol – Season 7 – Melbourne and Brisbane Auditions

What is the point of Brian McFadden and Delta Goodrem being guest judges at the auditions on Australian Idol? It is like bland and blander, also it drags out the auditions as well. Tonight I did not really hear Brian say anything that was either constructive or witty. In fact his way of getting a laugh seems to be to take the piss out of the performer.

Now I wonder if Channel Ten are going to assess what reaction Brian gets from the viewers before finalising the now vacant judging position, and if so I am giving it the thumbs down. I am now thinking my guess that Jay Dee Springett is going to be the new judge is a dud ( See previous post here ) as he is going to be on the top 100 show so that could have been where that rumour emerged from.

However if the choice is between him and Brian I hope they go for Jay Dee, as he is ten times hotter than Delta’s future husband.

Also Brian’s acting was not great when he staged his “walkout” of the Melbourne audition. And memo to Channel Ten if you are going to set up something like that make sure you get the continuity right as his clothes kept on changing during that sequence.

Tonight Australian Idol’s seventh season kicked off in its new 6.30pm time slot, which for the record I hate, the time slot not the show. Who gets to sit down at that time to watch television?

It is a critical year for the show, James Mathieson and John Foreman have gone, there is a new format, and they have had to sack Kyle Sandilands who from tonight’s performance was the most entertaining judge of the four of them. Having said that someone who puts a 14 year old on the show to question about their sex life does deserves to be hung, drawn and quartered, and that goes for you as well Jackie O.

Anyway here are a few thoughts on tonight’s episode:

  • Marcia has had so much botox that the only things moving on her face are her eyes and her lips;
  • Having said that the boys have also have their share of cosmetic enhancements, Kyle has had botox in his forehead, and Dicko had some sort of violet coloured contact lenses in, as well as a fake tan;
  • Ricki-Lee as much as I love her, has been photoshopped in this week’s Who magazine;
  • The producers continue to make fun of the bad asian singers and unattractive people in general;
  • Also there was too much yabbering in the voice over by Andrew G it was about 15 minutes into the show before we got to the first singer,
  • There was no suspense you knew if the contestant got a montage they were through to Sydney;
  • I miss James he was the one with the wit, but I guess I am just going to have to get over that;
  • As said previously Kyle was the most entertaining judge, Dicko needs to find his mojo NOW; and
  • I don’t think we have seen this year’s Idol winner on the show tonight.


Melbourne was the first audition, but it was really Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and Tasmainia. This year the singers came to the judges rather than the judges going to them.

Aliqua Mao was first up from Adelaide. The 16 year old school student did vocal gymnastics and by the time they went through the whole montage you knew she was going to Sydney. Dicko called her a “loose canyon” which I did not really get.

Scott Newnham the  20 year old brickies labourer will draw comparison to last year’s amateur singer Luke Dickens. Brian McFadden said he looked like David Beckham, I did not see it but with a bit of styling he may be this year’s teens choice of heart throb. The judges thought he was great also helped by the story that he had only ever sung in front of one person his mate. There was definitely a bromance going on between that pair.

Crystal Tandy a 16 year old seemed sweet but she had made her not insubstantial clevage the focal point of her outfit, and also sang Lady Marmalade, not really age appropriate. She also sang with her Ipod on to help her hit notes, if you thought this may have given her some added advantage, it didn’t.

Juvita Pingiaro a 27 year old cleaner had the motivation of her mother’s secondary cancer to push her through the audtion. She sang Natural Woman, I liked her bluesy type voice.  But Dicko wanted a “Bigger, better more confident performance then what we saw”, so he told her to come back on the last day of auditions. She left the room, and after some discussion Kyle got her and brought her back in. The other three said they were saying yes to Sydney. I got the feeling this was all staged to add more drama to the story.

Marijana Topalovic  a 27 year old Croatian wedding singer looked like she had pinched a corsage from a bride. Considering she was a professional singer her voice did nothing for me. Brian Mc Fadden thought she could win the show, Kyle and Dicko thought she was the best they had seen thus far. I remained perplexed and underwhelmed.

Vinh Bui a 19 year old played guitar and sang Imagine by John Lennon. Is the Idol franchise racist they seem to take the piss out of a lot of Asians. However I did laugh at his rendition. “Is this a Quentin Tarantino movie?”  Brian McFadden asked. I did not quite get that reference he was making.  On the contrary I think I think Tarantino makes great use of music in his flicks. Maybe Brian was thinking Asian – oh that is like Kill Bill.  Dicko summed it up when he said “it did not flow as well as the original.” I wondered if Vinh was a plant.

Moire Meaney aged 16  from Tasmania was Irish and her and Brian Mc bonded over their shared ancestory. I liked her voice but wondered what she would be like once she got out of the Irish genre. “Thought it was a bit forced” Brian said. Dicko obviously an old Pogues fan wanted her in Sydney.

Tolga Danisken the 16 year old boy  who looked 30 did a crap rendition of a  Justin Timberlake song complete with  camp dancing. Kyle asked to see what was in his pockets of his too tight jeans.  Unfortunately no contraband fell out.

Danielle Hockley aged 30 from Perth fulfilled Kyles’s Australian Idol theory that the good looking ones are are always the dud singers. He was talking about the  girls, as they don’t seem to push through the hot blokes with bad voices through for comedic value. Unfortunately.

Catherine Lim 18 year old was another asian  paid out by singing Beautiful, and it was painful as she was not. She also had a speech impediment when she sang, but not when she spoke which was a bit weird.

Daniel Woodhouse 19 got through with a ok rendition of True Colours again I did not think it was a fabulous as the judges did.

Toby Moulton, a teacher, who was in his last year of being able to apply because he was 30 years of age was average, but the judges thought he had a pure voice. I did not feel it, I doubt he will make top 12 which is unfortunate as he is slightly cute.

Thirty-three singers got through from Melbourne for the top 100 week.


It was back to the three judges on the panel, which for me flowed better, however Marcia, and Dicko seriously need to find some personality. Come Dicko we know you had it once.

Kim- Elise Cooper was one of the first through from Queensland. She is a 21 year old from Townsville I liked her attitude, but I did not think her voice was the strongest I had heard. But for me the most memorable person of the night.

Jo-Anne Cubian was clearly a regular karaoke singer as she had to use her hand a s fake microphone. “Didn’t actually sing it but gargle it. ” said Dicko. Thankfully she did not sing Endless Love or get through to Sydney.

Kristy Pascoe was there with her fiancee Jason and you knew it was going to be a joke, and it was. She sounded a bit like a bloke. Of course if your fat and ugly and you try out for Australian Idol the producers feel almost obligated to take the piss out of you.  Personally I did not think this scene was necessary as it was not funny just cruel.

Casey Barnes a 30 year old professional musician had auditioned previously three years ago but nerves had got the better of him then, got through this time round. I really liked his voice it had a lot of warmth in it.

Kate Cook – an abattoir worker whose mother who committed suicide sang her own song whilst playing guitar.  I really liked her voice, and the song. Marcia told her not to change her look, however she should at least get rid of the cowlicks, and maybe wash her hair.

So if they are not guesting as a judge, they are auditioning for the show… Kevin Layton a former member of the boy band Mercury 4 audition. Kyle reckon he used to be on his play list, hopefully not this diabolical song below which has ensured he will not be getting his singing career resurrected through my votes.



Lauren Street was back  apparently she previously was a semi finalist on the show. I have a vague recollection of her.

Lucie Johnson 16 year old I really liked, and I think we will see a bit of her in Sydney.

And as always they saved one of the best untill last, Stan Walker an 18 year old from Coolangatta but formerly New Zealand started off slow, but by the end of a song I was  fan. I am not sure if he will make top 12, but he could go close.

I thought the Brisbane auditions (or what we saw of them) produced the better performances of the night. I am concerned about the judging panel, and it will be crucial to the success of the show on who they get to replace Kyle Sandilands.


1 Laura { 08.10.09 at 2:33 am }

Oh don’t be mean about Delta RR! Don’t go there!
It wasn’t quite as bad as I expected, although they were overly cruel to the 16yo girl with the fringe, and also the 18yo Asian girl who was there with her mum. It was obvious that they were serious so the judges should not have been so nasty :( I don’t have a problem with them being nasty to those who are clearly just there for a joke because they are asking for it.
Brian was okay. I wouldn’t care if he got the job, at least he isn’t Mark Holden.

2 RetroGirl { 08.10.09 at 8:49 am }

Given that channel 10 fired Kyle because they wanted Idol to be a family friendly show in the 6.30 pm timeslot, and another ‘nice’ show after the huge success of Masterchef, I was very surprised that nothing had changed. The same nasty comments, the same stereotypes and (my personal pet hate) the judges making fun of people with genuine intellectual disabilities. Nasty and so unnecessary.
It was all a bit of a yawnfest and had a ‘been there done that’ feel about it. Note to producers – we’ve seen all the stereotypes and it’s not particularly funny or shocking anymore. You need to find a new angle and fast if you want to keep viewers hooked this season.

3 Wurstsemmel { 08.10.09 at 10:25 am }

Well, sorry, I’m with RR. Delta and Mr. Delta? Pass.

I was watching the more entertaining Stephen Fry on the ABC but flicked over now and again…what I saw confirmed why I can’t be bothered to watch this show this year.

Agree with Retrogirl. Show needs a makeover to hold interest.

4 Sooty { 08.10.09 at 10:41 am }

I suppose if Funniest Home Videos is family friendly…. I don’t enjoy seeing vulnerable people mocked and humiliated and effectively set up to go off and kill themselves from shame and confusion.

And what’s family friendly about some weird old guy like Kyle perving at anything he considers tasty?

And is it family friendly to feature them egging some twit on to sing more excruciatingly porny lyrics from Christina Argh! in that timeslot?

The only bits I like are the sincere auditions by the non rnb wankers eg Toby the 30year old schoolteacher who had a very lovely voice and if he gets into the top 12 I will watch for sure. (Well I always watch it – but I’ll enjoy watching it, and that’s a threat.)

Brian Mc Fad and Delta Had a Good Run – sigh.

Oh nobheads at Ten, pick a decent judge – it doesn’t seem possible if they think this mean sneerfest is ‘entertainment’. I thought they had learnt something from Masterchef.

5 Injera { 08.10.09 at 10:44 am }

Masterchef lulled me into a false sense of security. Like Wurstsemmel, I chose the wonderful Mr Fry partly because I assumed Ten would repeat Idol the next day, like they did with MC. Oops! Still, nobody’s recapping Stephen Fry, and I know I can catch up on Idol over here.

Yeah, RetroGirl and Sooty, so much for the nicer era of TV heralded by MC!

6 reality raver { 08.10.09 at 11:35 am }

I am glad the auditions are only going to be a two week thing before we get to see ‘hopefully’ some real talent emerge.

None of the put downs they did were funny, if you are going to be cruel you really need to be Simon Cowell, or Dicko circa season 1 and 2.

I did laugh when Kyle got the guy to clear out his pockets, as I had been thinking WTF did he have in there. As in last year’s Idol Kyle was the only one who added in some humour.

But in a sense I am glad there is going to be a new panel member as they need someone fresh in there.

Laura – sorry to offend you re: Delta, I like her as a singer sometimes, but personality wise she leaves me cold.

Retrogirl – Agree re: the episode being a tad dull, I thought it could have been just me, as I am not a huge fan of the audition episodes.

Sooty – Kyle is so openly pervy it is sleazy. But speaking of perving I was not bowled over by Toby’s voice, but will be happy if he sticks around for awhile.

Injera – you did not miss much, I am hating 6.30pm timeslot

7 Kyvyny { 08.10.09 at 1:46 pm }

Wasn’t Lauren Street the one in the promos with the rest of the top 20 or whatever singing “Emotions”? Looks the same.

8 Anonymous { 08.10.09 at 3:00 pm }

I think Toby is fricking amazing, but I feel like this year they are going to have a very large focus on teenagers (eg, the promo is stacked with them), so I’m not sure if he’ll fit in with what the producers want. :(

9 Cam { 08.10.09 at 3:51 pm }

That was a funny line about the Croatian Band Wedding Singer Marijana Topalovic. Do you reckon she will do a zoo magazine shoot with the pretty flower. I found her band website

10 seepi { 08.10.09 at 5:27 pm }

Seriously – they need a sassy woman judge. I’d rather see Gretel Killeen than Delta. Or Marieka Hardy.

And what has happened to Dicko – I haven’t seen Idol for years and he seems to have gone to sleep. (I only watched to see if they would edit Kyle out, or say anything. And I nearly didnt’ last thru the 20 minute intro by Andrew G – I thought it was filler to cover the missing Kyle, but not so.)

11 Anoyomonus { 08.10.09 at 6:08 pm }

i reckonnn ths is the most shiitest series eva

12 Culinary Boner { 08.10.09 at 6:14 pm }

McFadgin is now tracking at 10% on your poll on who should replace Kyle, Raver. A 100% improvement on his rating from a couple of day’s ago!! As I presume your readership is not that fucked in the head, I suspect he is engaging in some sort of ‘branch stacking’ on this. Call in the auditors before Ten makes a big, big mistake.

13 Anoyomonus { 08.10.09 at 6:14 pm }

first of all i reckon the dude with the afro, was cooool and did not loook like susan boyleee, dicko always make shit up like that, i reckon that guy had a good voice, if kyle didnt make him stop for a sec coz of the drums, he was gunna conutiune on really well and the judges were i reckon, were really shitt, theyy picked on him for no reason, and whoever wrote this review, shud first look at his self, coz he doesnt look 30 at all and i reckon his got an good voicee, whoever is a CUNT

14 Cam { 08.10.09 at 9:07 pm }

Updated Regarding Marijana Topalovic – The reason Brian said that she was the best hting int he world is that her brother Steven Toplaovic was in the latest Football Superstars Series on Fox which Brian Hosted…

She is not a single mother – She actaully has gotten back with her super rich husband so there is no point throwing the single mother line.

15 Reality Raver { 08.10.09 at 10:22 pm }

Anoyomous – I would have thought looking over 16 would be a positive thing, he would be able to buy his own bacardi breezers. Most of the other 16 year-old boys on the show have been positively pre-pubescent eg Tom from last year, and Ben McKenzie.

I thought I recognised the name Topalovic but thought it may have been a common croat or serbian name in Melbourne. That makes sense then why Brian thought she was the best. She was ok but not outstanding.

Culinary Boner – LOL

16 Anoyomonus { 08.11.09 at 12:00 am }

Reality raver – at least the kid had the confidence to go up, and sing in front of themm, well it didnt look that positive to the judges, coz they were d***s, all those tom n stuff made a excuse to pass the audition, and thats wat some of them did this yearr, that kid didnt have any excuses. He just wanted to try his best, i guess, and see wat the judges would say, if i was the judge, i wuda at least say to him to comebak with another song.

17 Dolph Ziggler { 08.11.09 at 10:53 am }

Hey Anoyomonus. Any chance you could post your rambles in English? I need a laugh.

18 Anonymous { 08.11.09 at 4:37 pm }

Reality Raver – you didn’ t do your research very well. In regards to your comment re Kevin Layton from Mercury4 ( “this diabolical song below which has ensured he will not be getting his singing career resurrected through my votes”), if you had watched the clip you would have realised that Kevin wasn’t even with the band when that song was released.

19 reality raver { 08.11.09 at 5:11 pm }

Unfortunately I don’t have a Phd in boybands and who was in them at the time.

there just appeared to be a lot of boys with blond hair so one could have been there. Do you think the band improved once he joined? Do you think he will make top 12?

20 Potteroo { 08.20.09 at 10:35 am }

Raver – can’t understand how a skinny teen covered in pimples looks 30 years old to you. Benjamin Button wants his eyes back.
Delta and Brian – perfect couple – both as smug and superior as each other — Marsha though, for mine is the most annoying of them all.

21 Anonymous { 11.13.12 at 9:30 am }

SHame on you all, Producers, hosts and judges. Shame, Shame, Shame!!!! Kristy was ONE OF MY FRIENDS!!!!!! And because of you lot mocking her, abusing her, and saying such things like ‘fat and ugly’, SHE HAS NOW LEFT HER THREE KIDS MOTHERLESS!!!!!! I HOPE you got what you wanted, just for your own laughs and kicks!!!!!