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RECAP | This is the AUSTRALIAN IDOL top 30

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Tonight, the final night of auditions cemented the Australian Idol’s Top 30, with 24-year-old TJ Zimba’s performance leaving judges Marcia Hines, Kyle Sandilands and Amy Shark ready to throw out the rule book. 

The unique hip-hop artist from Karratha, WA – who writes, produces, and records his own beats – was handed a Golden Ticket immediately after his performance of Khalid’s Location, skipping the final deliberation round.  

“We’re going to get in big trouble, but I don’t care. You’re too good,” Amy said. Kyle and Marcia agreed. 

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“Because of you we might get fired!” Marcia said. “He owned that stage, that’s what we’re looking for,” exclaimed Kyle.

TJ explained:

“I’m most excited to show people why I do music, the reason I got into music and how I actually perform and portray that as an artist.”

Imogen Spendlove, 23, proved she has everything it takes to be an Australian Idol with her stunning performance of Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing

The factory worker from Melbourne gave Kyle goosebumps with her “absolutely beautiful” voice, while Marcia declared: “I think we’re looking at the next Australian Idol.”  

Chenai Boucher, 26, returned to Australian Idol seeking redemption after she didn’t make it past auditions last year.

“I’m back because I believe in myself, hopefully this year is a new opportunity and opens some really big doors.”

Chenai said.

The Melbourne personal trainer and business development manager received a Golden Ticket for her performance of River by Bishop.  

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Although Marcia and Kyle questioned if Chenai could tone down her “almost aggressive passion” and tap into her vulnerable side, Kyle admitted: “You’ve changed. You’ve learnt from last year. You were also good last year and man you’ve adjusted. Welcome to Australian Idol.” 

Sunday night: The Australian Idol Top 30 take to the stage as the battle to find the nation’s next singing sensation is just getting started.

Australian Idol continues 7.00pm Sunday on Channel 7 and 7plus

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Kyle Laidlaw
Kyle Laidlaw
An avid media enthusiast of more than 10 years, Kyle regularly follows all things TV related, both in Australia and overseas with a particular interest in local free-to-air scheduling and new show commissions.


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