New Zealand Idol (season 3)

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New Zealand Idol
Season 3
Broadcast from July 2006 – 29 October 2006
Judges Iain Stables
Megan Alatini
Frankie Stevens
Host(s) Dominic Bowden
Broadcaster TVNZ
Finals venue St. James Theatre, Wellington
Matthew Saunoa
Song "Hold Out"
Indira Moala
New Zealand Idol (season 2)
(with dates of elimination)
Matthew Saunoa Winner
Indira Moala 29 October
Aroha Robinson 16 October
Ben Hazelwood 8 October
Kali Kopae 2 October
Toni Baird 25 September
Rebecca Wright 18 September
Clinton Randell 11 September
Ashlee Fisher 4 September
Victor Sulfa 28 August

The third season of New Zealand Idol commenced in July 2006. The judges were Iain Stables, Megan Alatini and Frankie Stevens.


The auditions were held at the following locations:

Those who were successful would proceed to the "Top 60" theatre rounds held at Sky City in Auckland.

Theatre Week[edit]

The successful contestants who made it through to the "Top 60" rounds would spend three days of audition rounds at the Sky City theatre.

  • Round One (Day 2): Contestants, in groups of six, were to sing in turn, a cappella, a song of their own choice. This year, the entire 58 contestants would sing before the judges decided on which 22 people would be eliminated.
  • Round Two (Day 2): In a diversion away from the regular group rounds, 18 of the 37 remaining contestants would pair up for duet performances of the Elton John and Kiki Dee classic "Don't Go Breaking My Heart". Those remaining paired up to sing Maroon 5's "Sunday Morning", including a group of 3 due to the uneven numbers. At the end of this, 10 contestants were sent home.
  • Round Three (Day 3): After the previous rounds, the remaining 27 contestants would have their last opportunity to impress the judges. Unlike previous years, each of the contestants were restricted to a choice of one of six songs, to perform in front of the judges and the remaining contestants, although they were accompanied by music.

Following the final round, all remaining 27 were called on stage, to be told which nine were going home. After most of the contestants were either eliminated or told they were through, the remaining five - Toni, Lenken, Birgette, Ben and Emilie, were lastly given one more chance to sing for the 4 places left in the Top 18. The last and final contestant to be eliminated was Birgette, aged 21 from Te Atatu.

Eliminated: Naomi, Darren, Liana, Davinia, Tiresa, Vicki, Beau, Te Rau, Birgette


Group 1[edit]

Advancing to the Top 10: Kali Kopae, Ashlee Fisher and Clinton Randell
Wildcard Contender: Lenken Isaac

Group 2[edit]

Advancing to the Top 10: Indira Moala, Victor Sulfa & Toni Baird
Wildcard Contenders: Wiremu Hohaia

Group 3[edit]

Advancing to the Top 10: Matt Saunoa, Aroha Robinson and Rebecca Wright
Wildcard Contender: Ben Hazlewood


Advancing to the Top 10: Ben Hazelwood

Weekly Song Themes[edit]

Date Week Theme
27 August Top 10 Soul
3 September Top 9 Rock
10 September Top 8 Country
17 September Top 7 Elton John
24 September Top 6 Groove
1 October Top 5 Pop
8 October Top 4 Homegrown
15 October Top 3 Love Songs
22 October Top 2 Judges' / Music Team's Choice
23 October Top 2 The Final Showdown

The Top 10 Finalists[edit]

Matt Saunoa[edit]

Main article: Matthew Saunoa

Matt Saunoa (aged 21, from Levin) was the winner of the third series of "New Zealand Idol".

Audition: "My Girl" by The Temptations
Theatre Week (Round 1):
Theatre Week (Round 3): "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia
Top 18: "To Love Somebody" by The Bee Gees
Top 10: "Living for the City" by Stevie Wonder
Top 9: "I Don't Want to Be" by Gavin DeGraw
Top 8: "Amazed" by Lonestar
Top 7: "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" by Elton John
Top 6: Try a Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding / The Commitments
Top 5: "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley
Top 4: "Sitting Inside My Head" by Supergroove, "Welcome Home" by Dave Dobbyn
Top 3: "Let's Get It On" by Marvin Gaye, "Forever Now" by Cold Chisel
Top 2: "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" by The Bee Gees, "This Love" by Maroon 5,
The Final Showdown: "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley, "Every Breath You Take" by The Police, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith, "Living For The City" by Stevie Wonder

Indira Moala[edit]

Indira Moala (aged 21, from Glen Eden, Auckland), was runner-up to winner Matt Saunoa.

Audition: "Ordinary People" by John Legend
Theatre Week (Round 1):
Theatre Week (Round 3): "I Say A Little Prayer" by Burt Bacharach
Top 18: "Love Will Lead You Back" by Taylor Dayne
Top 10: "Think" by Aretha Franklin
Top 9: "You Oughta Know" by Alanis Morissette
Top 8: "Heartache Tonight" by Eagles
Top 7: "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" by Elton John
Top 6: "I'm Outta Love" by Anastacia
Top 5: "Hit Me, Baby, One More Time" by Britney Spears
Top 4: "Down Time" by Aaradhna, "Better Be Home Soon" by Crowded House
Top 3: "I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston, "Don't Leave Me This Way" by Thelma Houston
Top 2: "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera, "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" by The Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin
The Final Showdown: "Hit Me, Baby, One More Time" by Britney Spears, "The Way You Make Me Feel" by Michael Jackson, "Open Arms" by Journey / Mariah Carey, "Think" by Aretha Franklin

Aroha Robinson[edit]

Aroha Robinson (aged 18, from Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty), came third.

Theatre Week (Round 1):
Theatre Week (Round 3):
Top 18: "I'll Be There" by The Jackson 5
Top 10: "River Deep - Mountain High" by Ike & Tina Turner
Top 9: "Purple Rain" by Prince
Top 8: "From This Moment On" by Shania Twain
Top 7: "Circle of Life" by Elton John
Top 6: "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" by Whitney Houston
Top 5: "That Don't Impress Me Much" by Shania Twain
Top 4: "Watchin' U" by Ardijah, "Lifeline" by Brooke Fraser
Top 3: "Dance with My Father" by Luther Vandross, "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green

Ben Hazlewood[edit]

Ben Hazlewood (aged 17, from Papakowhai, Wellington), was placed fourth.

Audition: "Fall at Your Feet" by Crowded House
Theatre Week (Round 1): "Sugar, We're Goin Down" by Fall Out Boy
Theatre Week (Round 3): "If You're Not the One" by Daniel Bedingfield
Top 18: "Move Along" by The All-American Rejects
Wildcard: "Move Along" by The All-American Rejects
Top 10: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by The Temptations
Top 9: "Start Me Up" by The Rolling Stones
Top 8: "Take It Easy" by The Eagles
Top 7: "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" by Elton John
Top 6: "Like I Love You" by Justin Timberlake
Top 5: "For You I Will" by Teddy Geiger
Top 4: "Fall at Your Feet" by Crowded House, "Running" by Evermore

Kali Kopae[edit]

Kali Kopae (aged 21, from Christchurch), finished in fifth place.

Audition: "When I Fall in Love" by Nat King Cole
Theatre Week (Round 1): "Summertime" by Ella Fitzgerald
Theatre Week (Round 3):
Top 18: "Imagine" by John Lennon
Top 10: "Proud Mary" by Creedence Clearwater Revival / Tina Turner
Top 9: "Violent" by Stellar*
Top 8: "This One's for the Girls" by Martina McBride
Top 7: "I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues" by Elton John
Top 6: "Sway" by Michael Bublé
Top 5: "Soak Up the Sun" by Sheryl Crow

Toni Baird[edit]

Toni Baird (aged 29, from Upper Hutt), was placed sixth.

Audition: "Stop!" by Sam Brown
Theatre Week (Round 1): "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles
Theatre Week (Round 3): "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia, "Stop!" by Sam Brown
Top 18: "Bathe in the River" by Hollie Smith
Top 10: "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby" by Sam & Dave / Jimmy Barnes
Top 9: "Edge of Seventeen" by Stevie Nicks
Top 8: "Jolene" by Dolly Parton
Top 7: "Your Song" by Elton John
Top 6: "Sweet Child o' Mine" by Guns N' Roses

Rebecca Wright[edit]

Rebecca Wright (aged 24, from Mt Albert, Auckland), finished in seventh place.

Audition: "Because of You" by Kelly Clarkson
Theatre Week (Round 1): "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" by KT Tunstall
Theatre Week (Round 3): "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia
Top 18: "Yesterday" by The Beatles
Top 10: "Lady Marmalade" by Labelle
Top 9: "Piece of My Heart" by Janis Joplin
Top 8: "How Do I Live" by LeAnn Rimes
Top 7: "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" by Elton John

Clinton Randell[edit]

Clinton Randell (aged 20, from Mt Roskill, Auckland), placed eighth.

Audition: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by Judy Garland
Theatre Week (Round 1):
Theatre Week (Round 3): "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith
Top 18: "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" by Elton John
Top 10: "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder
Top 9: "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan
Top 8: "I'll Be" by Edwin McCain

Ashlee Fisher[edit]

Ashlee Fisher (aged 16, from Hamilton), finished ninth.

Audition: "Hero" by Mariah Carey
Theatre Week (Round 1): "Dance with My Father" by Luther Vandross
Theatre Week (Round 3): "Fallin'" by Alicia Keys
Top 18: "I Turn to You" by Christina Aguilera
Top 10: "Son of a Preacher Man" by Dusty Springfield
Top 9: "4ever" by The Veronicas

Victor Sulfa[edit]

Victor Sulfa (aged 19, from Papatoetoe, Auckland), was placed tenth.

Audition: "A Song for You" by Leon Russell
Theatre Week (Round 1):
Theatre Week (Round 3): "For Once in My Life" by Stevie Wonder
Top 18: "Can We Talk" by Tevin Campbell
Top 10: "Love Child" by Diana Ross & The Supremes

The Group Performances[edit]

Group 1: "Kids" by Robbie Williams & Kylie Minogue, "Blame It on the Boogie" by The Jackson 5
Group 2: "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" by Stevie Wonder, "Upside Down" by Diana Ross
Group 3: "You Can't Hurry Love" by The Supremes
The Top 10: "Reach Out (I'll Be There)" by The Four Tops, "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" by The Temptations
The Top 9: "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" by Joan Jett, "I Want You to Want Me" by Cheap Trick
The Top 8: "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd, "The Gambler" by Kenny Rogers
The Top 7: "I'm Still Standing", "Crocodile Rock" by Elton John
The Top 6: "Hey Ya!" by Outkast,
The Top 5: "Reach" by S Club 7, "Keep On Movin'" by Five
The Top 4: "Slice of Heaven" by Dave Dobbyn, "Why Does Love Do This To Me?" The Exponents
The Top 3: "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" by Rita Coolidge, "Faith" by George Michael
The Top 2: "You Give Me Something" by James Morrison

The Grand Final[edit]

The final was held on 29 October, with the following performances:

Elimination chart[edit]

Did Not Perform Top 18 Wild Card Top 10
Stage: Semi-Finals WC Finals
Week: 7/8 14/8 21/8 21/8 28/8 4/9 11/9 18/9 25/9 2/10 9/10 16/10 23/10 29/10
Place Contestant Result
1 Matt Saunoa Top 10 Winner
2 Indira Moala Top 10 Btm 2 Runner-Up
3 Aroha Robinson Top 10 Btm 2 Btm 2 Elim
4 Ben Hazlewood Elim Top 10 Btm 2 Elim
5 Kali Kopae Top 10 Btm 2 Btm 2 Elim
6 Toni Baird Top 10 Btm 3 Elim
7 Rebecca Wright Top 10 Elim
8 Clinton Randell Top 10 Elim
9 Ashlee Fisher Top 10 Btm 2 Elim
10 Victor Sulfa Top 10 Elim
Lenken Isaac Elim Elim
Wiremu Hohaia Elim
Emilie Harwood Elim
Cameron Clayton
Stephen Wilton Elim
Vicki Eaton
George Gates Elim
Alyce Burr

Commercial Releases[edit]


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