Australian Idol (season 4)

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Australian Idol
Season 4
Broadcast from 6 August 2006 – 26 November 2006
Judges Kyle Sandilands
Marcia Hines
Mark Holden
Host(s) Andrew G
James Mathison
Broadcaster Network Ten
Finals venue Sydney Opera House
Winner:
Damien Leith
Damien Leith.jpg
Origin Dublin, Ireland
Song "Night of My Life"
Runner-up
Jessica Mauboy
Chronology
2006
Australian Idol (season 4)
Finalists
(with dates of elimination)
Republic of Ireland Damien Leith Winner
Jessica Mauboy 26 November
South Africa Dean Geyer 13 November
Chris Murphy 6 November
Ricky Muscat 30 October
England Lisa Mitchell 23 October
Bobby Flynn 16 October
Lavina Williams 9 October
England Guy "Mutto" Mutton 2 October
Klancie Keough 25 September
Reigan Derry 18 September
Joseph Gatehau 11 September

The fourth season of Australian Idol began on 6 August 2006 and concluded on 26 November.

Overview[edit]

Format Changes[edit]

Changes for the fourth season of Australian Idol included the cancellation of "Inside Idol"; a "streamlined" semi-finals (replaced with a variant of the 12 females, 12 males format popularized by American Idol); and the contestants will be able to bring instruments with them on stage for at least one of the final shows. Also, the fourth season's television promos promised a change in the viewer's role in the show, revealed to be an SMS service called 199-JUDGE which allows viewers to SMS their opinions on the judges' reactions.

Ratings[edit]

The show opened with average ratings (1.4 million) that were on the whole up from last year's ratings. The semi-final shows averaged 1.5 million viewers per night; the ratings remained constant until the Top 8 show, which averaged 1.89 million viewers, much higher than any of the Top 12 shows last year, and was the most watched show on Australian television for that week. The Top 7 Show, which was "acoustic night", was watched by even more - 1.92 million. The final was watched by over 2.1 million people. The audience peaked at 10.13pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) attracting 2.4 million viewers.[1]

Auditions[edit]

The auditions for the fourth season of Australian Idol started in March 2006 in Mount Isa, Queensland, and concluded on 4 June 2006 in Sydney. Auditions were held in thirteen towns and cities across Australia: Adelaide, Albury-Wodonga, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Broken Hill, Byron Bay, Hobart, Melbourne, Mount Isa, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney, and Townsville. Many of the audition sites had a much smaller population than previous seasons' sites, and producers declared that they wanted to "unearth" rural talent in 2006.[1] The auditions identified 124 hopefuls, who participated in a culling process in Sydney. After group performances and a solo performance from each contestant, the judges cut down the number of contestants left in the competition to 24. Also for the first time, contestants were told, face-to-face and usually by themselves, whether they had made it through to the semi-finals (in contrast to previous years when contestants were divided into groups of three, two of which got through).

The fourth season's broadcasts began on Sunday 6 August 2006 with the broadcast of four audition shows and two shows for the Sydney round.

Semi-Finals[edit]

The semi-final process consisted of two male groups and two female groups of six contestants over four days, who performed in front of a live audience for the first time (this being first season in which the semi-finals included a live audience). The semi-finals began on Sunday 27 August 2006 and ran daily until the results show on Thursday 31 August 2006. Two contestants were selected by audience vote each show. Eight contestants were then selected by the judges for another semi-finals show the following week; during the following results show, each judge selected a favorite wildcard contestant, who joined a single wildcard contestant selected by audience vote and the previously selected eight contestants to make up the Final 12.

Females Males
Atlanta Coogan Brendon Boney
Lydia Denker Bobby Flynn
Reigan Derry Joseph Gatehau
Jessica Griffin Dean Geyer
Klancie Keough Chris Graffiti
Raechel Lee Damien Leith
Jessica Mauboy Chris Murphy
Lisa Mitchell Ricky Muscat
Lyndelle Palmer-Clarke Guy "Mutto" Mutton
Rebecca Pearce James Steele
Amanda Streete Paul Vercoe
Lavina Williams Nathaniel Willemse

Top 24 Guys[edit]

Top 24 Girls[edit]

Wildcards[edit]

Advancing to the Top 12: Ricky Muscat, Guy Mutton, Klancie Keough and Chris Murphy

Weekly Song Themes[edit]

Date Week Theme
11 September Top 12 Contestant's Choice
18 September Top 11 Rock
25 September Top 10 Number Ones
2 October Top 9 The Year They Were Born
9 October Top 8 Disco
16 October Top 7 Acoustic*
23 October Top 6 Rock Swings*
30 October Top 5 Aria Hall of Fame*
6 November Top 4 Audience Choice*
13 November Top 3 Judge's Choice

* Shows in which the contestants brought instruments onto the stage with them.

The Top 12 Finalists[edit]

Damien Leith[edit]

Main article: Damien Leith
Damien Leith

Damien Leith (born 18 January 1976) is the winner for 2006. Originally from Dublin, Ireland and raised in County Kildare, he moved to Sydney, prior to Idol. He and his Australian born wife, Eileen, have two sons. Leith scored four of Mark Holden's Touchdowns over the course of the series and is the only contestant in the show's history to score two in one night when he scored one for each of his final 4 performances.

Audition: "The Blower's Daughter" by Damien Rice
Theatre Week (Round 1):
Theatre Week (Round 3): "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen
Top 24: "You Are So Beautiful" by Joe Cocker
Top 12: "With or Without You" by U2
Top 11: "Creep" by Radiohead
Top 10: "If Tomorrow Never Comes" by Garth Brooks
Top 9: "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" by Elton John
Top 8: "Celebration" by Kool & the Gang
Top 7: "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak TOUCHDOWN
Up Close & Personal: "Sky" (own composition)
Top 6: "High and Dry" by Radiohead and Jamie Cullum
Top 5: "Message to My Girl" by Split Enz
Top 4: "Crying" by Roy OrbisonTOUCHDOWN, "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen TOUCHDOWN
Top 3: "Nessun Dorma" by Giacomo Puccini, "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers TOUCHDOWN
Top 2: "Never Meant to Fail" by Alex Lloyd, "Waiting On an Angel" by Ben Harper, "Night of My Life" (winner's single)

Jessica Mauboy[edit]

Main article: Jessica Mauboy
Jessica Mauboy

Jessica Mauboy (born 4 August 1989) is the runner-up for 2006. Hailing from Darwin, Northern Territory, high school student, Jess auditioned in Alice Springs.

Jessica received the first Touchdown of the year from Mark Holden for her performance of "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera during the Final 10 week. She also received a second Touchdown during the Final 5 week for her performance of "Words" by The Bee Gees.

Audition: "I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston
Theatre Week (Round 1):
Theatre Week (Round 3): "Impossible" by Christina Aguilera
Top 24: "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" by Whitney Houston
Top 12: "Stickwitu" by The Pussycat Dolls
Top 11: "Walk Away" by Kelly Clarkson
Top 10: "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera TOUCHDOWN
Top 9: "Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Collins Bottom 3
Top 8: "On the Radio" by Donna Summer
Top 7: "Have You Ever?" by Brandy
Up Close & Personal: "What the World Needs Now" by Burt Bacharach & Hal David
Top 6: "Crazy in Love" by Beyoncé Knowles
Top 5: "Words" by The Bee Gees TOUCHDOWN
Top 4: "Butterfly" by Mariah Carey, "Karma" by Alicia Keys
Top 3: "When You Believe" by Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston, "To Sir, with Love" by Lulu
Top 2: "Impossible" by Christina Aguilera, "Together Again" by Janet Jackson, "Night of My Life" (winner's single)

Dean Geyer[edit]

Main article: Dean Geyer
Dean Geyer

Dean Geyer (born 20 March 1986) finished in third place. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dean auditioned successfully in Melbourne.

Audition: "Walking in Memphis" by Marc Cohn
Theatre Week (Round 1):
Theatre Week (Round 3):
Top 24: "If You Could Only See" by Tonic
Top 12: "For You I Will" by Teddy Geiger
Top 11: "Shimmer" by Fuel
Top 10: "Iris" by Goo Goo Dolls Bottom 2
Top 9: "You Give Love a Bad Name" by Bon Jovi
Top 8: "Turn the Beat Around" by Vicki Sue Robinson
Top 7: "On the Way Down" by Ryan Cabrera TOUCHDOWN
Up Close & Personal: "Change" (own composition)
Top 6: "Mustang Sally" by Wilson Pickett Bottom 2
Top 5: "Every Time You Cry" by John Farnham & Human Nature Bottom 2
Top 4: "Dare You to Move" by Switchfoot, "Saving Me" by Nickelback Bottom 2
Top 3: "Waiting on the World to Change" by John Mayer, "I'll Be" by Edwin McCain TOUCHDOWN Eliminated

Chris Murphy[edit]

Chris Murphy (born 25 March 1976) finished in fourth place. Auditioning in his hometown of Perth, Western Australia, Chris, like his younger brother, Courtney Murphy (from Season 2), was unanimously invited through to the theatre rounds.

Audition: "She Talks to Angels" by The Black Crowes
Theatre Week (Round 1):
Theatre Week (Round 3):
Top 24: "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen
Wildcard: "Holy Grail' by Hunters & Collectors
Top 12: "Wish You Well" by Bernard Fanning
Top 11: "Is It Just Me?" by The Darkness
Top 10: "Against All Odds" by Phil Collins
Top 9: "Life in the Fast Lane" by The Eagles
Top 8: "Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry Bottom 2
Top 7: "No More Lonely Nights" by Paul McCartney
Up Close & Personal: "Diamond Days" (own composition)
Top 6: "You Shook Me All Night Long" by AC/DC
Top 5: "Evie" by Stevie Wright TOUCHDOWN
Top 4: "Something Beautiful" by Robbie Williams, "Mean to Me" by Crowded House Eliminated

Ricky Muscat[edit]

Ricky Dean Muscat (born 19 October 1983 in Darwin), from Werribee, Melbourne, Australia, was placed fifth. Of Maltese descent, Ricky lives with his mother, and works at a chemical factory. He also participates in the Western Region Football League.

From age 9, Ricky would often accompany his father, a drummer, to the local pub where he would sing '60s hits for the locals. In later years, with a love of music, Ricky continued to develop his singing, by performing in choirs before joining a covers band, playing the local circuit and gaining invaluable experience as a performer. Lately, Ricky has found his voice, concentrating on urban music and house.

Ricky gained first attention at the Melbourne auditions of Australian Idol 4 by singing Shai's "If I Ever Fall in Love" and winning the judges over to make the Top 124 in Sydney. Following a controversial falling out on day two of the theatre round with trio member Jorge Bec, Ricky gained a place in the Top 24. During the first semi final round, Ricky did not accrue enough votes to advance. He was later chosen by the judges as a wildcard.

On 27 September, the top 12 performed at Federation Square. This was a huge day for him as he performed in front of an estimated 10,000 people.

Audition: "If I Ever Fall in Love" by Shai
Theatre Week (Round 1):
Theatre Week (Round 3):
Top 24: "So Sick" by Ne-Yo
Wildcard: "Caught Up" by Usher
Top 12: "Walking Away" by Craig David
Top 11: "Take Me Out" by Franz Ferdinand Bottom 2
Top 10: "Hard to Say I'm Sorry" by Chicago
Top 9: "Down Under" by Men at Work
Top 8: "Get Down on It" by Kool & the Gang Bottom 3
Top 7: "Feel" by Robbie Williams Bottom 2
Up Close & Personal: "Off the Wall" by Michael Jackson
Top 6: "I Saw Her Standing There" by The Beatles Bottom 3
Top 5: "To Love Somebody" by The Bee Gees

Lisa Mitchell[edit]

Main article: Lisa Mitchell

Lisa Mitchell (born 22 March 1990 in Canterbury, England), came in sixth place. Originating from Albury, New South Wales, Lisa immediately wowed the judges with her unique voice and talent.

Audition: "Collide" by Howie Day, "See it in Your Eyes" by (own composition)
Theatre Week (Round 1):
Theatre Week (Round 3):
Top 24: "Diamonds On The Inside" by Ben Harper
Top 12: "Fall At Your Feet" by Crowded House
Top 11: "Dancing With Myself" by Billy Idol
Top 10: "A Thousand Miles" by Vanessa Carlton
Top 9: "The Joker" by Steve Miller Band Bottom 2
Top 8: "Heart of Glass" by Blondie
Top 7: "See You Soon" by Coldplay Bottom 2
Up Close & Personal: "Too Far Gone" by (own composition)
Top 6: "Revolution" by The Veronicas Eliminated

Bobby Flynn[edit]

Main article: Bobby Flynn

Bobby Flynn (born 22 January 1981 in Brisbane, Queensland), finished seventh.

Audition: "The Boy Had Trouble" (own composition)
Theatre Week (Round 1):
Theatre Week (Round 3): "Beautiful Day" by U2
Top 24: "Under the Milky Way" by The Church
Top 12: "When the War Is Over" by Cold Chisel
Top 11: "Werewolves of London" by Warren Zevon
Top 10: "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" by Christopher Cross
Top 9: "Under Pressure" by Queen & David Bowie
Top 8: "Super Freak" by Rick James TOUCHDOWN
Top 7: "Rhiannon" by Fleetwood Mac Eliminated

Lavina Williams[edit]

Lavina Rose Williams (born 13 June 1978) finished eighth in the contest. She is of Samoan descent and the older sister to Season 3 runner-up Emily Williams. In high school she became a member of the New Zealand R&B girl group, Ma-V-Elle with hits that charted successfully in New Zealand. As a professional stage performer, Williams played the role of Shenzi in The Lion King from 2004 to 2006.

Audition:
Theatre Week (Round 1):
Theatre Week (Round 3):
Top 24: "(You Make Me Feel like) a Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin
Top 12: "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys Bottom 2
Top 11: "Bring Me to Life" by Evanescence
Top 10: "Don't Leave Me This Way" by Thelma Houston Bottom 3
Top 9: "Too Much Heaven" by The Bee Gees
Top 8: "Best of My Love" by The Emotions Eliminated

In February 2007, Williams took over Ricki-Lee's spot in Young Divas temporarily while Coulter went overseas to record her second studio album. In 2009, Williams featured on her brother, J.Williams single, "Stand With You" charting successfully well in New Zealand. Lavina currently lives in Melbourne with her family.

Guy "Mutto" Mutton[edit]

Main article: Guy Mutton

Guy Mutton (born 17 October 1976) nicknamed "Mutto", finished in ninth place. A rock enthusiast, Guy was teaching until his band Soulframe rising in popularity, gained national recognition that he was encouraged to focus on music.

Audition: "All I Want Is You" by U2
Theatre Week (Round 1):
Theatre Week (Round 3):
Top 24: "Meant to Live" by Switchfoot
Wildcard: "Black Fingernails, Red Wine" by Eskimo Joe
Top 12: "Where the Streets Have No Name" by U2
Top 11: "Clocks" by Coldplay Bottom 3
Top 10: "The Reason" by Hoobastank
Top 9: "Dream On" by Aerosmith Eliminated

Klancie Keough[edit]

Klancie Keough (born in 1982 in Mount Isa, Queensland,), placed tenth. At the Mount Isa auditions, Klancie was the first successful contestant into the Top 124 in Sydney, and later the final 24. She did not initially make the final twelve, but returned for the wildcard show and was chosen by the public vote.

Klancie is a farm hand and jillaroo on her sister's farm. Before auditioning for Idol, Klancie completed senior studies at The Cathedral School in Townsville and studied Commerce at The University of Queensland in Brisbane. After working in finance, she returned to work as a governess on her sister's property.

Audition: "Always on My Mind" by Elvis Presley / Willie Nelson
Theatre Week (Round 1):
Theatre Week (Round 3):
Top 24: "Not Ready to Make Nice" by the Dixie Chicks
Wildcard: "Redneck Woman" by Gretchen Wilson
Top 12: "Jolene" by Dolly Parton
Top 11: "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" by The Georgia Satellites
Top 10: "(If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here!" by Shania Twain Eliminated

In December 2006, she was signed by the man behind Keith Urban's success, Greg Shaw, to a management deal. She is rumored to travel to Nashville soon with him.

Reigan Derry[edit]

Main article: Reigan Derry

Reigan Elisse Derry (born 19 September 1988) finished in eleventh place. Born in Maida Vale, Western Australia, Reigan attended Perth Modern School on a vocal scholarship. Prior to Idol, she was a member of a duo called Djreamz with Justin Low.

Her eclectic musical tastes include jazz and drum & bass, and she is an enthusiast of music from the 1960s, a little bit of progressive metal, opera, classical and contemporary jazz and has studied for the past three years with West Australian based opera singer Elisa Wilson. It has been perceived that her elimination on 18 September was the result of a too obscure song choice.

Audition: "I Know You By Heart" by Eva Cassidy, "Life Ain't Easy" by Cleopatra
Theatre Week (Round 1):
Theatre Week (Round 3):
Top 24: "I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)" by Sandi Thom
Top 12: "Breathe In Now" by George Bottom 3
Top 11: "Themata" by Karnivool Eliminated

Joseph Gatehau[edit]

Joseph Gatehau

Joseph Gatehau (born in 30 March 1988 in New South Wales), finished in twelfth place.

Of Tongan and New Caledonian descent, he is the oldest of seven children, all of whom live in a single-story Sadleir home. From the age of 8, Gatehau has played acoustic guitar and sung, but as the family was not able to afford formal music lessons until he was 14, he is essentially self-taught. With a love of music, he has also taken an interest in songwriting. Joseph attended a few schools during his secondary school years, but completed his final years at Ashcroft High School. Coming from a very musical family and heritage, his mother conducts a Tongan Catholic choir, in which several of his siblings also participate. His grandfather, Lemisio Lolesio Paunga, is distinguished by being the first to bring Tongan music to Australia.

Audition: "Pretty Girl" (own composition)
Theatre Week (Round 1):
Theatre Week (Round 3):
Top 24: "Let Me Love You" by Mario
Top 12: "Right Here Waiting" by Richard Marx Eliminated

He now has a new album out called "Move On" that was made with Donald Tauvao aka Boy Shy from The X Factor winning band "Random" in 2005. He is now a contestant on The X Factor in a group called Three Wishez

The Grand Final[edit]

Mauboy and Leith just before the announcement of the winner

The Australian Idol Grand Final was held on 26 November at the Sydney Opera House as is traditional. The show included performances by Shannon Noll, Anthony Callea, Marcia Hines, Deni Hines, Guy Sebastian, Young Divas and Australian Idol 2006 finalists. Damien Leith was voted the winner, with Jessica Mauboy the runner-up. Leith's first single "Night of My Life" was released soon thereafter.







Elimination chart[edit]

Females Males Top 24 Top 12 Wild Card Winner
Did Not Perform Safe Safe First Safe Last Eliminated
Stage: Semi-Finals Wild Card Finals
Week: 28/8 29/8 30/8 31/8 4/9 11/9 18/9 25/9 2/10 9/10 16/10 23/10 30/10 6/11 13/11 26/11
Place Contestant Result
1 Damien Leith Top 12 Winner
2 Jessica Mauboy Top 12 Bottom 3 Runner-up
3 Dean Geyer Top 12 Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Elim
4 Chris Murphy Wild Card Top 12 Bottom 2 Elim
5 Ricky Muscat Wild Card Top 12 Bottom 2 Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Elim
6 Lisa Mitchell Top 12 Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Elim
7 Bobby Flynn Top 12 Elim
8 Lavina Williams Top 12 Bottom 2 Bottom 3 Elim
9 Guy Mutton Wild Card Top 12 Bottom 3 Elim
10 Klancie Keough Wild Card Top 12 Elim
11 Reigan Derry Top 12 Bottom 3 Elim
12 Joseph Gatehau Top 12 Elim
Wild Card Brendon Boney Wild Card Elim
Chris Graffiti Wild Card
Amanda Streete Wild Card
Nathaniel Willemse Wild Card
Semi-Final 4 Lydia Denker Elim
Jess Griffin
Raechel Lee
Rebecca Pearce
Semi-Final 3 James Steele Elim
Semi-Final 2 Atlanta Coogan Elim
Lyndelle Palmer-Clarke
Semi-Final 1 Paul Vercoe Elim

Idol Backstage[edit]

Origin and production[edit]

In 2006, Fremantle Australia's digital media division launched Idol Backstage, a companion show to Australian Idol distributed by Telstra and promoted in clips on the main show. It followed the pranks, gags and interviews of host Josh Zepps as he roamed behind the scenes of the Australian Idol set while the show went to air.

Idol Backstage marked a clear break in style from the rest of the Idol franchise, appealing to a young, tech-savvy audience.[2] The clips were edited overnight each Sunday and Monday into roughly one commercial half-hour per week (22–24 minutes) over four episodes. There were 54 episodes in total, with additional content available on mobile phones and on BigPond's Idol Backstage Online website.

Reaction[edit]

Idol Backstage was a popular success, with viewer numbers climbing strongly week-on-week and total Idol web video downloads reaching a record 2.5 million throughout the season. Traffic to the Idol website was up 40% on the previous year with more than 26 million page impressions, and Australian Idol became the most popular television program website in the country.[3]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Season 3 (2005)
Australian Idol
Season 4 (2006)
Succeeded by
Season 5 (2007)