Australian music icon Marcia Hines joins Harry Connick Jr, Kyle Sandilands and Amy Shark for an explosive week of Australian Idol next week.
A much-loved judge on the original Australian Idol panel from 2003 to 2009, Marcia returns to the Idol desk with her trademark kind and measured judging style, which she says mirrors the advice given to her early in her career.
“I’ve always thought constructive criticism is the way to go because that’s how I was taught coming up. The contestants are very brave because they are basically plucked from obscurity and placed in everybody’s living room. I know it’s not easy.”
But she warns contestants to do their homework before hitting the stage. “The most important thing in anything you do is to be prepared. Be overly prepared. It can’t hurt. When your nerves take over and you can’t even think, if you are prepared, you will get through it.”
As the competition closes in on finding Australia’s next Idol, the pressure of performing in front of a live audience proves too much for one contestant.
Queensland’s Noah Cookson horrified the judges when he fell to the floor after fainting. The 19 year old, who gave up a promising rugby career to follow his passion for music, stunned the audience and crew as he lay motionless on the stage.
7.00pm Sunday and 7.30pm Monday and Tuesday on Seven