Four more hopefuls one step closer to Australian Idol dream

Tonight on Australian Idol: the third night of auditions saw judges Kyle Sandilands, Marcia Hines and Amy Shark award four more Golden Tickets in their search to uncover the nation’s next singing superstar on Channel 7 and 7plus.

Drea Onamade’s high energy take of Estelle’s American Boy captured the judges’ immediate attention, securing a coveted spot in the Australian Idol Top 30.

The 25-year-old from Perth shared: “I get my love of music from my family. I am Nigerian Jamaican, having that culture behind me is absolutely incredible.”

Amy said: “You can sing, you’ve got style. I can feel this aura. You are going to be really hard to beat.”

Marcia agreed: “I like you because you bring joy, and that’s what music gives people.” Kyle declared the star-on-the-rise: “current, cool and beautiful.”

After progressing to the next round, Drea shouted: “I can do this. I got a Golden Ticket! That’s so wild!”

Also handed a Golden Ticket on the night was 20-year-old Victorian Jake Carlson for his emotional version of I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz.

Amy recognised: “There were nerves, but I think I would buy every single ticket to any show you ever played, and I would buy every album. You’re amazing.”

Queensland teen, Saoirse Harding, delivered a haunting take of I Love You by Billie Eilish, proving to Kyle that the 19-year-old was “everything an artist should be”, and securing her a Golden Ticket.

Self-taught singer and dancer, 28-year-old Jonathan Wells, declared: “I need to be in this industry, in this world. I have to, it’s my calling.” His performance of Sexy Back by Justin Timberlake convinced the judges the Victorian might have what it takes, handing him the final Golden Ticket of the night.

But the search didn’t stop there, as Kyle hit the road in the search for a wildcard, travelling to his namesake town of Sandilands, South Australia.

“I’m looking for little nuggets of gold and I thought where do I start the search, where is the gold going to be? The town of Sandilands, as if we’re not going to find a star there,” Kyle said.

After auditioning three hopefuls at the country fair, Kyle invited 21-year-old Seanna Farrow back to Australian Idol headquarters, but with a more competitive talent pool than ever and only 30 Golden Tickets, the Sandilands local headed back home.


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