Years of dance training proved an asset for Australian Idol’s Denvah Baker-Moller

“My childhood wasn’t normal."
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The discipline and rigours of a packed dance-training schedule when she was young  helped country singer Denvah Baker-Moller prepare for the intensity of competing on Australian Idol

“My childhood wasn’t normal,” Denvah, 23, tells TV WEEK. “I danced seven days a week – that’s all I did. I’d wake up, go to school, dance, and then do it all over again.” 

Denvah is a country singer on Australian Idol 2024.
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Denvah, who likened the experience to US reality show Dance Moms – which follows the training and careers of children in dance and show business – always wanted to be a ballerina.

Now, the country singer from Rockhampton in central Queensland is chasing the title of Australia’s next Idol instead.  

“Not everyone is going to vote for me,” she says. “And that’s totally fine. But I love country music and am passionate about it. I think it would be cool for Australia to have a country artist pop up.” 

Could Denvah win Australian Idol?
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While Denvah has found the pressure of the experience a lot, advice from one of her heroes – country music legend Kasey Chambers, when she was asked to sing alongside her in country music capital Tamworth in New South Wales – has helped motivate her in the final stages of the competition. 

“She told me to just be myself,” she says.

“Some people will love it and some will hate it, but that it [being herself] will come across, because even though everyone can sing like an angel, no-one can sing exactly like you.”

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