Australian Idol is back and better than ever… Are you ready for it?
The two hosts of the 2023 season, Ricki-Lee Coulter and Scott Tweedie, have also returned.
There were only 30 golden tickets up for grabs that were offered during auditions. and the winner will win a whopping $100K in prize money.
We’ve now reached an important moment in the 2024 season, with the top 10 being announced.
Australian Idol 2024 top 10 contestants:
TJ Zimba from Karratha, WA
The 24-year-old is not coming to play on Aus Idol and he is bringing all the star power.
He explained that he comes from a place where the people make the town and he’s proud of where he’s from.
His performance of ‘Location’ by Khalid proved to the judges that he was already a musician.
“Honestly I’m in shock about how professional you are.” Amy praised.
TJ became the only musician to skip a round and was handed the golden ticket without a fight.
Kiani Smith from Bribie Island, QLD
This 17-year-old is an absolute powerhouse and has been working towards being a performer before she could ride a bike.
She sang ‘2002’ by Anne-Marie and the judges just knew she was ready for the golden ticket.
“You’re exactly what I’m looking for! Someone who knows who they are, knows hot to present themselves, has a great voice, knows what songs work for them. You’re ready.”
Denvah Baker-Moller from Rockhampton, QLD
Denvah is quite the performer being she’s trained in dance, tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary and musical theatre.
During the audition, she’s not a prima ballerina, she’s a country singer.
She chose to sing ‘Pony’ by Kasey Chambers explaining, “I love my yee-haw honky tonks.”
“It feels like old-school Dolly Parton… Never heard a voice like yours recently.” Kyle praised her before the judges gave her three yeses and a golden ticket.
Isaac McCallum from Burrill Lake, NSW
It’s been a rocky road for Isaac, from being homeless last year to now working at Woollies and now he’s got a golden ticket on Australian Idol!
You could feel the immense emotion throughout his performance of ‘Bruises’ by Lewis Capaldi that blew the judges away.
“That was totally not why I expected.” Kyle exclaimed as soon as his song ended.
Amy was absolutely ecstatic for Isaac and explained, “Some of the best artists come from turbulent backgrounds.”
He not only got three yeses but he got the judges full support and scored the golden ticket.
Drea Onamade from Perth, WA
Drea brought a new edge to the competition singing ‘American Boy’ by Estelle.
She explained that her Nigerian Jamaican culture is extremely important to her and that “music is the glue that binds us [her family] together”.
Kyle was quick to point out that “she’s a performer already” with the way she commands the audience.
Trent Richardson from Emu Park, QLD
Camel Farmer turned Aus Idol superstar!
Trent has never sung in public before and yet, he absolutely knocked his audition out of the park.
His heartful performance of ‘Bless the Brocken Road’ by Rascal Flatts was emotional as he told the judges he was nursing a broken heart.
Tyler Hammill from Sunshine Coast, QLD
The 21-year-old blew away the judges with his performance of ‘Lonely Boy’ by The Black Keys.
After being handed the golden ticket, Trent was in disbelief. “Not for a second I thought with all the talent I’ve heard and seen that I’d be holding one of these. It’s a long journey to go but I’ll give it a red-hot crack anyway.”
Amy Reeves from Broome, WA
Amy fulfilled a childhood dream by singing for Marcia after her father worked with her during Hair the musical.
Her powerhouse vocals tackled Aretha Franklin’s ‘A Natural Woman’ and by the end, all three judges were in awe.
Amy shared that singing makes her feel closer to her father.
“Sadly, he passed away when I was 15. I know he’s always with me. I can feel his presence when I am singing.”
Ivana Ilic from Melbourne, VIC
Singing Alicia Keys’ ‘If I Ain’t Got You’, Ivana won the hearts of the judges.
“Ivana, the thing we really like about you is that you are naturally just there, you’ve got flavour. You’ve got the swagger we’re looking for, you know who we are.” Kyle assured her as he handed her the golden ticket.
Dylan Wright from Bangalow, NSW
Kyle Sandilands broke down after Dylan’s audition and Marcia explained it was one of the most heartfelt performances she’s ever seen.
Dylan sung ‘Better Be Home Soon’ by Crowded House in honour of his mother, who passed away 10 years ago after a long battle with acute lymphoblastic Leukemia.
“Mum and I saw Crowded House a few years before she passed. It means a few different things, and I guess, one day I’ll be coming back home to her.” The NSW singer explained.
“How did I turn from the asshole into the guy who bursts into tears,” the radio host was known for his harsh critic last season.
“That was so beautiful. I don’t usually cry in the presence of other men, but what a sweetheart you are. I loved that.”