Australian Idol (season 6)

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Australian Idol
Season 6
Broadcast from 24 August – 23 November 2008
Judges Ian Dickson
Marcia Hines
Kyle Sandilands
Host(s) Andrew G
James Mathison
Ricki-Lee Coulter
Broadcaster Network Ten
Finals venue Fox Studios, Sydney
Sydney Opera House (Grand Final)
Winner
Wes Carr
Wes Carr.jpg
Origin Adelaide, Australia
Song "You"
Genre(s) Rock, Pop rock, Soft rock, Blue-eyed soul
Runner-up
Luke Dickens
Chronology
Finalists
(in alphabetical order and elimination date)
Wes Carr Winner
Luke Dickens 23 November
Mark Spano 17 November
Teale Jakubenko 10 November
Chrislyn Hamilton 3 November
Roshani Priddis 27 October
Sophie Paterson 20 October
Thanh Bui 13 October
Madam Parker 6 October
Tom Williams 29 September
Brooke Addamo 22 September
Jonny Taylor 15 September

The sixth season of Australian Idol premiered on Sunday, 24 August 2008, on Network Ten. The season finale aired live on Sunday, 23 November 2008. The winner was Wes Carr with Luke Dickens as runner-up.

Changes to Format[edit]

Kyle Sandilands, Ian Dickson, and Marcia Hines returned as judges, however long term judge Mark Holden left to pursue other interests.[1] Andrew G was temporarily absent while he prepared for his wedding and Ricki-Lee Coulter is acting as a new back-stage host.[2] The London auditions featured guest judges Tina Arena and Darren Hayes.

Also for the second time on an Idol contest, the format for eliminations in the Top 12 round will be different. In the new result nights, the bottom 3 of the week will be announced first and the voting line will be opened again for viewers to vote for their favourite in the bottom 3. Music Idol, the Bulgarian version of Idol, were the first to use this new format in their second season. New Zealand Idol season 3 used a similar format for the second week of the finals, but dropped it afterwards.[3]

Process[edit]

Regional auditions phase[edit]

Locations[edit]

The Auditions were held in the following cities:

Town/City State Arena/Area Date
Newcastle New South Wales Broadmeadow Racecourse 6 April
Darwin Northern Territory Crowne Plaza 13 April
Cairns Queensland Shangri-La Hotel 15 April
London, United Kingdom The Cumberland Hotel 19 April
Albury New South Wales The Albury Convention Centre 20 April
Hobart Tasmania Hobart Function & Conference Centre 23 April
Brisbane Queensland Suncorp Piazza 24 & 25 April
Albany Western Australia Albany Town Hall 1 May
Perth Western Australia Ascot Racecourse 4 May
Melbourne Victoria Melbourne Park Function Centre 10 & 11 May
Adelaide South Australia Adelaide Entertainment Centre and second tier auditions held in the Barossa Valley. 18 May
Sydney New South Wales Australian Technology Park 1 & 2 June

^ These auditions were not filmed, with successful contestants going to capital city of the respective state for their second tier audition. Auditioning contestants are required to be between the ages 16 and 30 on 1 July 2008 (born between 2 July 1978 and 2 July 1992).

Registrations were also conducted online,[4] although not mandatory, allowed users to enter a draw of $2,000.

Semi-Finals[edit]

From 1 September to 4 September the Semi-final rounds aired on television, allowing viewers to vote. The Wildcard Performance Show was held on Sunday, 7 September, with results on 8 September.

List of the semi-finalists below.

Females Males
Brooke Addamo Thanh Bui
Nicole Banks Wes Carr
Natalie Colavito Luke Dickens
Amanda Grafanakis* Teale Jakubenko
Chrislyn Hamilton Matthew Parsons
Madam Parker Irae Schwenke
Sophie Paterson Mark Spano
Roshani Priddis James Spargo
Brooke Schubert Mitchell Steele
Kayla Vanzetta Jonny Taylor
Brooke Wilkie Tom Williams

* Grafanakis later auditioned for the second series of The X Factor (Australia), where she finished in 9th place.

Weekly Song Themes[edit]

Week Theme Mentor/guest judge
Top 12 Idols' Idols None
Top 11 '80s Music Cyndi Lauper
Top 10 Aussie Hits Darren Hayes
Top 9 ABBA None
Top 8 Rock Tim Farriss and Kirk Pengilly
Top 7 Motown Guy Sebastian
Top 6 Rolling Stones None
Top 5 Michael Jackson Jermaine Jackson
Top 4 American Hits Chris Isaak
Top 3 Idols' Choice Tina Arena

Top 12 Finalists[edit]

Wesley Carr[edit]

Wes Carr is a 26-year-old from Bondi, New South Wales. Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Wes Carr moved to Bondi as a 15-year-old. Before he auditioned for Australian Idol, Wes Carr performed and had regular resident gigs around Sydney. On 23 November 2008, Wes Carr was announced the winner of Australian Idol 2008.

  1. "Times Like These" by Foo Fighters - (Top 24)
  2. "Beautiful Day" by U2 - (Top 12)
  3. "Dancing In The Dark" by Bruce Springsteen - (Top 11)
  4. "Friday on My Mind" by The Easybeats - (Top 10)
  5. "Fernando" by ABBA - (Top 9)
  6. "Desire" by U2 - (Top 8)
  7. "If I Were A Carpenter" by The Four Tops - (Top 7)
  8. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" by The Rolling Stones - (Top 6)
  9. "Black or White" by Michael Jackson TOUCHDOWN! (from Marcia Hines and Jermaine Jackson) - (Top 5)
  10. "When You Were Young" by The Killers - (Top 4)
  11. "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong - (Top 4) Bottom 2
  12. "Easy" by Faith No More - (Top 3)
  13. "Get Back" by The Beatles TOUCHDOWN! (from Dicko) and TV Throw (from Kyle Sandilands) - (Top 3)
  14. "White Noise" by The Living End - (Top 2)
  15. "You" by Wes Carr - (Top 2)
Preceded by
Natalie Gauci
Australian Idol winner
2008
Succeeded by
Stan Walker

Luke Dickens[edit]

Luke Dickens (born 7 June 1982) is from Young, New South Wales. Before he auditioned, Luke Dickens was a sheep shearer and had taught himself how to play the guitar. He was announced runner-up to Wes Carr on 23 November 2008.

  1. "Mustang Sally" by Mack Rice - (Top 24)
  2. "Angels" by Robbie Williams - (Wildcard)
  3. "Feelin' Alright" by Joe Cocker - (Top 12)
  4. "Jack and Diane" by John Mellencamp - (Top 11)
  5. "Flame Trees" by Cold Chisel - (Top 10)
  6. "Knowing Me, Knowing You" by ABBA - (Top 9)
  7. "Are You Gonna Go My Way" by Lenny Kravitz - (Top 8)
  8. "My Girl" by Temptations - (Top 7)
  9. "Honky Tonk Woman" by The Rolling Stones - (Top 6) Bottom 2
  10. "The Way You Make Me Feel" by Michael Jackson - (Top 5)
  11. "With Arms Wide Open" by Creed - (Top 4)
  12. "One of These Nights" by The Eagles - (Top 4)
  13. "Stuck in the Middle" by Stealers Wheel - (Top 3)
  14. "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" by Elton John - (Top 3)
  15. "Turn the Page" by Bob Seger - (Top 2)
  16. "When We Hear Hallelujah" - by Luke Dickens - (Top 2)

Mark Spano[edit]

Mark Spano is a 26-year-old from Brighton, Victoria.He is of Italian Heritage. Mark Spano fronted band The Need for seven years, but had to stop after losing his voice due to polyp in his vocal cords. During his 2-year recovery, Mark Spano worked as a labourer until he auditioned for Australian Idol. Spano was eliminated during the Top 3 results night.

  1. "Come Said The Boy" by Mondo Rock - (Top 24)
  2. "Never Tear Us Apart" by INXS - (Top 12)
  3. "I Want to Know What Love Is" by Foreigner - (Top 11)
  4. "Age of Reason" by John Farnham - (Top 10)
  5. "Waterloo" by ABBA - (Top 9)
  6. "Sex on Fire" by The Kings of Leon - (Top 8)
  7. "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by The Supremes - (Top 7) Bottom 2
  8. "Angie" by The Rolling Stones - (Top 6) TOUCHDOWN! (from Dicko)
  9. "Bad" by Michael Jackson - (Top 5) Bottom 2
  10. "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing" by Chris Isaak - (Top 4)
  11. "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M. - (Top 4)
  12. "Bad Day" by Fuel - (Top 3)
  13. "Smooth" by Carlos Santana & Rob Thomas - (Top 3) Eliminated 17 November 2008

Teale Jakubenko[edit]

Teale Jakubenko is a 22-year-old from Yatala, Queensland. Born in Gold Coast, Queensland, Teale Jakubenko recently toured with renowned Australian singer Wendy Matthews. Jakubenko was eliminated during the Top 4 results night. Teale was placed in the Bottom 3 six times including elimination and therefore has been placed there the most times out of any contestant in the history of Australian Idol.

  1. "Running" by Evermore - (Top 24)
  2. "Walk Away Renée" by Rick Price - (Top 12) Bottom 2
  3. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by U2 - (Top 11)
  4. "Black Fingernails, Red Wine" by Eskimo Joe - (Top 10) Bottom 2
  5. "Thank You For The Music" by ABBA - (Top 9)
  6. "Slide" by Goo Goo Dolls - (Top 8) Bottom 3
  7. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - (Top 7) Bottom 3
  8. "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by The Rolling Stones - (Top 6) Bottom 3
  9. "Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson - (Top 5)
  10. "No Such Thing" by John Mayer - (Top 4)
  11. "What Goes Around.../...Comes Around" by Justin Timberlake - (Top 4) Eliminated 10 November 2008

Chrislyn Hamilton[edit]

Chrislyn Hamilton is a 17-year-old from Scarborough, Queensland. Before her audition, Chrislyn Hamilton was in high school and was the lead singer in her school band, picked up a leading role in her school musical and performed in a gospel rock choir group every week. Hamilton was eliminated during the Top 5 results night, and for the first time, the contest was left with four male finalists.

  1. "Proud Mary" by Tina Turner - (Top 24)
  2. "Think" by Aretha Franklin - (Top 12) TOUCHDOWN! (from Kyle Sandilands)
  3. "True Colours" by Cyndi Lauper - (Top 11)
  4. "Chains" by Tina Arena - (Top 10)
  5. "Mamma Mia" by ABBA - (Top 9) Bottom 2
  6. "Don't Speak" by No Doubt - (Top 8)
  7. "Get Ready" by Temptations - (Top 7) TOUCHDOWN! (from Guy Sebastian)
  8. "Get off of My Cloud" by The Rolling Stones - (Top 6)
  9. "Thriller" by Michael Jackson - (Top 5) Eliminated 3 November 2008

Roshani Priddis[edit]

Roshani Priddis (born August 1987) is a 21-year-old from Ashfield, New South Wales, although she grew up in Tamworth, New South Wales. Born in Sri Lanka, Priddis moved to Australia as a 6-week-old when she was adopted by an Australian family. Priddis was eliminated during the Top 6 results night. In April 2010, it was announced Roshani will be part of the new Young Divas group. She will be replacing former member, Paulini Curuenavuli. She is currently competing on The X Factor 2015

  1. "Knock on Wood" by Eddie Floyd - (Top 24)
  2. "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys - (Wildcard)
  3. "Tell Me 'bout It" by Joss Stone - (Top 12)
  4. "What's Love Got To Do With It" by Tina Turner - (Top 11)
  5. "Heading In The Right Direction" by Renée Geyer - (Top 10)
  6. "Money, Money, Money" by ABBA - (Top 9) Bottom 3
  7. "The Pretender" by Foo Fighters - (Top 8)
  8. "Reflections" by Diana Ross & The Supremes - (Top 7)
  9. "Wild Horses" by The Rolling Stones - (Top 6) Eliminated 27 October 2008

Sophie Paterson[edit]

Sophie Paterson is a 23-year-old from London, United Kingdom. Originally from Maryknoll, Victoria, Paterson moved to England to pursue a music career. Before she auditioned, Sophie Paterson worked as a bar manager and performed regularly. She was eliminated during the Top 7 results night.

  1. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones - (Top 24)
  2. "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz - (Wildcard)
  3. "Mr. Jones" by Counting Crows - (Top 12) Bottom 3
  4. "Sweet Dreams" by Eurythmics - (Top 11) Bottom 2
  5. "Don't Hold Back" by The Potbelleez - (Top 10)
  6. "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" by ABBA - (Top 9)
  7. "Ana's Song (Open Fire)" by Silverchair - (Top 8) Bottom 2
  8. "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" by Temptations - (Top 7) Eliminated 20 October 2008

Thanh Bui[edit]

Thanh Bui is a 25-year-old from Abbotsford, Victoria. Born in Adelaide, South Australia, to Vietnamese parents, he moved to Melbourne as a 7-year-old. He was educated at Melbourne High School, graduating in 2000. Thanh Bui was part of the boy-band North who toured around Malaysia and split up in 2006. Aside of Australian Idol he is the director and vocal coach at International Artist Academy. Bui was eliminated during the Top 8 Results Night.

  1. "One" by U2 - (Top 24)
  2. "This Love" by Maroon 5 - (Top 12)
  3. "Every Breath You Take" by The Police - (Top 11) Bottom 3
  4. "You're the Voice" by John Farnham - (Top 10)
  5. "The Winner Takes It All" by ABBA - (Top 9) TOUCHDOWN! (from Marcia Hines)
  6. "Shadow of the Day" by Linkin Park - (Top 8) - Eliminated 13 October 2008

Madam Parker[edit]

Madam Parker is a 23-year-old who lives with her family in Beverly Hills, New South Wales. Originally from New Zealand, Parker moved to Australia in order to make a better future for her son and pursue her musical dreams. Parker is of Māori and West African descent. Parker was eliminated during the Top 9 Results Night. In April 2010, it was announced that Madam will be a new member of the Young Divas group, replacing former member, Emily Williams.

  1. "No One" by Alicia Keys - (Top 24)
  2. "Closer" by Ne-Yo - (Top 12)
  3. "Upside Down" by Diana Ross - (Top 11)
  4. "Hook Me Up" by The Veronicas - (Top 10) Bottom 3
  5. "Dancing Queen" by ABBA - (Top 9) - Eliminated 6 October 2008

Tom Williams[edit]

Tom Williams (born 14 May 1992) is a 24-year-old from Adelaide, South Australia. At 15-months-old, Tom Williams was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Before the auditions, he attended high school . Williams was eliminated during the Top 10 Results Night. Tom joined a band from Adelaide named At Sunset in March 2014, but he left to focus on solo music in June 2016. The band was also renamed to 'Lynk'.

  1. "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban - (Top 24)
  2. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith - (Top 12)
  3. "Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel - (Top 11)
  4. "Light Surrounding You" by Evermore - (Top 10) - Eliminated 29 September 2008

Brooke Addamo[edit]

Brooke Addamo is a 25-year-old from Werribee, Victoria. Addamo takes professional vocal coaching and won Teen Idol in 2007. She was eliminated during the Top 11 Results Night. She has now released an E.P. with Wunderkind (Warner Music) under the moniker "Owl Eyes" which is in stores now.

  1. "Foolish Games" by Jewel - (Top 24)
  2. "These Words" by Natasha Bedingfield - (Top 12)
  3. "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes - (Top 11) - Eliminated 22 September 2008

Jonny Taylor[edit]

Jonny Taylor is a 22-year-old from Perth, Western Australia. Since 2006, Taylor has been determined to make his life count after a serious motorcycle accident almost took his life. He was eliminated during the Top 12 Results Night.

  1. "Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley - (Top 24)
  2. "Let Her Cry" by Hootie & the Blowfish - (Wildcard)
  3. "Better Man" by Pearl Jam - (Top 12) - Eliminated 15 September 2008

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: 1/9 2/9 3/9 4/9 7/9 14/9 21/9 28/9 5/10 12/10 19/10 26/10 2/11 9/11 16/11 23/11
Place Contestant Result
1 Wes Carr Top 12 Bottom 2 Winner
2 Luke Dickens Wild Card Top 12 Bottom 2 Runner-up
3 Mark Spano Top 12 Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Elim
4 Teale Jakubenko Top 12 Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Bottom 2 Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Elim
5 Chrislyn Hamilton Top 12 Bottom 2 Elim
6 Roshani Priddis Wild Card Top 12 Bottom 3 Elim
7 Sophie Paterson Wild Card Top 12 Bottom 3 Bottom 2 Bottom 3 Elim
8 Thanh Bui Top 12 Bottom 3 Elim
9 Madam Parker Top 12 Bottom 3 Elim
10 Tom Williams Top 12 Elim
11 Brooke Addamo Top 12 Elim
12 Jonny Taylor Wild Card Top 12 Elim
Wild Card Amanda Grafanakis Wild Card Elim
Savannah Rakz Wild Card
James Spargo Wild Card
Charley Yates Wild Card
Semi-Final 4 Irae Schwenke Elim
Cat Badasio
Semi-Final 3 Matthew Parsons Elim
Semi-Final 2 Madison Peter Elim
Brooke Kcleve
Semi-Final 1 Jaden Dowd Elim
Mitchell Steele
Olly Corpe

Result Night Performances[edit]

Guest Performances[edit]

Week Performer(s) Title
Top 24 Axle Whitehead "I Don't Do Surprises"
Top 12 Jordin Sparks "No Air"
Top 11 Cyndi Lauper "Time After Time"
Top 10 Vanessa Amorosi "The Simple Things (Something Emotional)"
Top 9 Metro Station "Shake It"
Top 8 Jessica Mauboy "Running Back"
Top 7 Gabriella Cilmi "Save the Lies"
Top 6 Chris Brown "Forever"
Top 5 Pink "Sober"
Top 4 Chris Isaak "Wicked Game"

Grand Finale[edit]

The Grand Finale occurred on 23 November at the Sydney Opera House. The 2008 finale unlike previous finales was held outside the Sydney Opera House rather than inside the building.

Grand Finale performances[edit]

# Singer/Group Song
Top 12 "Can You Feel It", originally by The Jacksons
1 Wes Carr and Luke Dickens "Times Like These", originally by Foo Fighters
2 Mark Spano "Sex on Fire", originally by Kings of Leon
Special Performance "Burn" by Jessica Mauboy
3 Top 12 Male Finalists "Higher Ground", originally by Stevie Wonder
4 Top 12 Female Finalists "I'm Every Woman", originally by Chaka Khan
Special Performance "Rattlin' Bones" by Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson
Top 12 "Viva la Vida", originally by Coldplay
5 Wes Carr "Black or White", originally by Michael Jackson
6 Luke Dickens "Feelin' Alright", originally by Traffic
7 Wes Carr "You"

Ratings[edit]

Episode Airdate Viewers
(in millions)
Nightly Rank Weekly Rank
1 "Auditions" 24 August 2008 1.400 #4 #15
2 25 August 2008 1.257 #8 #26
3 26 August 2008 1.098 #13 #37
4 27 August 2008 1.240 #10 #28
5 28 August 2008 1.148 #8 #34
6 29 August 2008 1.033 #7 #45
7 "Top 100" 31 August 2008 1.310 #7 #22
8 "Semi Finals" 1 September 2008 1.204 #9 #32
9 2 September 2008 1.257 #9 #28
10 3 September 2008 1.231 #10 #29
11 4 September 2008 1.150 #7 #36
12 "Wildcard Performances" 7 September 2008 1.193 #8 #28
13 "Wildcard Results" 8 September 2008 1.100 #13 #41
14 "Top 12 Performances" 14 September 2008 1.224 #7 #24
15 "Top 12 Results" 15 September 2008 1.027 #12 #47
16 "Top 11 Performances" 21 September 2008 1.342 #2 #18
17 "Top 11 Results" 22 September 2008 1.140 #10 #38
18 "Top 10 Performances" 28 September 2008 1.202 #5 #22
19 "Top 10 Results" 29 September 2008 0.897 #15 #58
20 "Top 9 Performances" 5 October 2008 1.215 #7 #25
21 "Top 9 Results" 6 October 2008 0.971 #13 #41
22 "Top 8 Performances" 12 October 2008 1.194 #8 #28
23 "Top 8 Results" 13 October 2008 0.789 #22 #80
24 "Top 7 Performances" 19 October 2008 1.138 #6 #29
25 "Top 7 Results" 20 October 2008 0.909 #16 #57
26 "Top 6 Performances" 26 October 2008 1.168 #6 #24
27 "Top 6 Results" 27 October 2008 0.903 #17 #52
28 "Top 5 Performances" 2 November 2008 1.230 #3 #18
29 "Top 5 Results" 3 November 2008 0.982 #12 #42
30 "Top 4 Performances" 9 November 2008 1.127 #6 #26
31 "Top 4 Results" 10 November 2008 0.882 #16 #59
32 "Top 3 Performances" 16 November 2008 1.270 #4 #15
33 "Top 3 Results" 17 November 2008 1.079 #12 #33
34 "Grand Finale" 23 November 2008 1.600 #1 #2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Holden leaves Idol". Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-15. 
  2. ^ "Andrew G's Idol honeymoon". The Daily Telegraph. 12 May 2008. Archived from the original on 17 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  3. ^ "Australian Idol determined not to fail". The Age. Melbourne. 22 August 2008. Archived from the original on 16 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-29. 
  4. ^ Welcome to Australianidol.com.au! - Australian IDOL

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Season 5 (2007)
Australian Idol
Season 6 (2008)
Succeeded by
Season 7 (2009)