2004 Newspaper Articles
Posted 12 June 2010 - 11:49 AM
Further information can be found on the Say Yeah website http://www.sayyeah.com.au/SayYeah.htm
sayYEAH has been one of Melbourne's most successful dance trio's over the last ten years. sayYEAH has established a reputation for being amongst the most professional and sought after performing artists and musicians.
sayYEAH consists of Jimmy Christo, Mari Hall & Anthony Callea, all extremely talented vocalists who have been signed to major record labels: SONY (It Must Be Love - Koruption) featuring Mari Hall 1999 & MUSHROOM RECORDS: (Some body Like You - Jimmy Christo 2000) No. 50 on Australian National charts and prominently featured in The Wog Boy Film & second single (Rainbow Eyes - Jimmy Christo 2001)
Jimmy, Mari & Anthony are true Entertainers with a foremost expose both in live & corporate shows including regular spots on Channel 10's Good Morning Australia & The Denise Morning Show on Channel 7, and have also opened major Australian sporting events in the past 5 years including: basketball, swimming, soccer & Melbourne Storm. You'll be amazed in the sound quality from just three people. As performers sayYEAH proves their amazing versatility with a show that ranges from heart stopping ballads, the smoothest of jazz standards to the latest thumping dance tracks.
sayYEAH do not advertise. All of our bookings are referrals!! Over the last ten years sayYEAH has established excellence and are proud to announce that we come first on recommendation lists from the following distinguished Reception Centres: Buttleigh Wootton, Quatt Quatta, The International of Brighton & Atlantic Southwharf. sayYEAH are pre booked to March 2004 with private functions most of which are weddings. Corporate, Interstate Functions and O/S.
Anthony Callea bio -
Anthony Callea the third member of sayYEAH has been singing for the past 16 years as a contemporary vocalist. His amazing and unique voice suites contemporary songs, jazz & standards of yesteryear, his elite vocal ability, professionalism and experience allows him to deliver an array of musical aspects. Regularly seen on Channel Seven, Channel Nine, ABC and even hosted a show called M-Zone on Channel 31.
As the third member of sayYEAH, Anthony offers a powerful voice and stage presence which creates a melting pot of talent not seen in similar groups like sayYEAH
Audio samples featuring Anthony Callea can be found on the site -
1. Answer to my Prayer (also called Angel)
2. Feels Like the First Time (also called Amazed)
Posted 12 June 2010 - 11:52 AM
From The Eye (news.com.au article)
August 09, 2004
LAST year on Australian Idol, music director John Foreman's profile soared - along with that of Ian Dickson.
Foreman is back with a new crop of kids, as seen on TV last night.
He says this year's talent is incredibly high and he isn't sure who the public will fall for.
"In fact, working with the first group of 10, they could almost be in the top 10," Foreman said.
"There are some great characters and also some really strong singers.
"It's hard to predict who the audience is going to vote for."
According to Centrebet, Victorians Anthony Callea and Ben Eaton have a strong chance to go through tonight.
But they will have to beat early Eye favourite Ngaiire Joseph and judges' favourite Chanel Cole for a spot in the final 12.
Over the past few months, Foreman has been working with Marcia Hines on her new album, Hinesight, which includes a duet with Belinda Emmett. Foreman produced the album, and learnt some lessons from Australia's Queen of Soul.
"She walks everywhere," he said of Marcia. "She was staying in Albert Park and I was in St Kilda, and she walked to my place every day and encouraged me to be fit and healthy.
"I was getting all these healthy lifestyle tips from the guru of healthy, positive living."
Foreman has just started a website, www.johnforeman.com.au, which will include a diary with lots of juicy Idol gossip.
Posted 12 June 2010 - 11:54 AM
From Sydney Confidential (Daily Telegraph)
August 24, 2004
WITH the top 30 whittled down to nine finalists, it's now up to the Australian Idol judges to determine who gets a second chance.
Today, judges Dicko, Marcia Hines and Mark Holden will lock horns to determine the final wildcard entrants who will get another shot at Australian Idol glory this Sunday.
The judges can choose anyone from the top 100 but most of them are likely to come from the pool of top 30 contestants who have been eliminated by public vote over the past three weeks.
The 10 wildcards will perform again on Sunday night and then both the public and the judges will decide which three go on to the finals.
The Australian Idol hopeful with the most votes will go through; the judges then get to choose the other two.
Posted 12 June 2010 - 11:55 AM
25 Aug 2004 Herald Sun
THE contestants for the wild-card episode will be announced on Sunday, and we can expect Victorian Anthony Callea to be selected.
So far not one Victorian has made it to the final.
Posted 12 June 2010 - 11:55 AM
From Sydney Confidential - The Daily Telegraph
August 27, 2004
THE 10 Idol hopefuls given another crack at glory have been revealed.
As Confidential revealed yesterday, rock guy Marty Worrall and Ngaiire Joseph will be back on Sunday night.
Joining them will be Adrian Hood, Emily George, Emelia Rusciano, Garth Ploog, Anthony Callea, Carlos Velazquez, Tara Del Borrello and Liza Schulberg.
Three of them will go through to the finals. Two will be decided by the public. The judges will have one choice.
Posted 12 June 2010 - 12:01 PM
His cheeky attitude has already made Anthony Callea a success in Melbourne. The 21-year-old performs at clubs, private functions and sports events, and has even performed overseas gigs in places such as Dubai.
Anthony's sayYEAH bandmate and good friend Mari Hall says he is a true professional. He's got his moments of being a party boy and he's a bit of a looker, too, so that always helps him out. He's focused on his music at the moment, though, which is good.
'He's comfortable being onstage and [with] the audience afterwards', she continues. 'Anthony really likes meeting and talking to people.
Posted 12 June 2010 - 12:04 PM
From The Eye
September 01, 2004
RIGHT, we're down to the business end of Australian Idol and it's time to turn our thoughts to who's going to win.
After interviewing all the final 12, watching the show every week and using our Australian Idol instinct, we've come up with our definitive list of how they will finish.
We're "happy with the result", as judge Marcia Hines would say.
There is only one Melbourne boy in the 12 - Sanctuary Lakes resident Anthony Callea - but we are claiming Marty Worrall and Emelia Rusciano our own as well.
Top of our list is 26-year-old Marty, who spent his first 18 years growing up in Kerang in a musical family.
As a boy, he sang in choirs and cut his teeth in a high school rock band called Grendel.
"We were rock stars in our own little world even though we were really bad," Marty said yesterday.
"We couldn't work out why everybody loved us, but it was cool, because it gave us a taste of what we wanted to do."
Marty moved to Lismore to study music, then sang on cruise ships before shifting to Sydney in 1999 for a crack at the big time.
He auditioned for Australian Idol twice last year but never made it past the producers (what were they thinking!), and was at a career crossroads before having a go this year.
Anthony, 21, has been singing since he was five, training with the same vocal coach - Liana Scali, sister of former Young Talent Time member Jane.
Anthony says singing is his life - he's had a regular gig at Crown and teaches singing to 27 pupils.
Judge Ian Dickson has criticised Anthony for being too plastic and he has taken that on board.
"It's all cool, I think he's right in a way," he said of Dicko.
"In the past three years, you get comfortable in performing and forget what the whole industry is about. That's cool, I'm roughening up."
As for 25-year-old Emelia, she never auditioned for anything before Idol and can't quite believe what's happening.
She grew up in Warrandyte and went to Eltham College before moving to Adelaide.
Unlike the rest of the top 12, Emelia has no vocal training at all, but she's looking forward to the rest of the competition.
"Every day brings a new challenge, I just wake up and take it as I can," she said.
Posted 12 June 2010 - 12:06 PM
By LIAM HOULIHAN
12sep04 Herald Sun
THE parents of Melbourne's sole remaining Australian Idol hopeful have hit out at judge Mark Holden for labelling their boy a "plastic fantastic".
Holden used the derogatory line on clean cut Idol hopeful Anthony Callea last Sunday night.
But Anthony's father, Cosmo Callea, has lashed out at the jive-talking judge, calling the incident gutwrenching and suggesting Holden should take a look in the mirror.
Mr Callea said: "Anthony's not plastic. He's a really sincere guy. The bottled-up emotion we all saw come out of him on Monday just shows he's flesh and blood just like anyone else.
"Sometimes I don't know what the judges are on about. On the one hand they're all saying he's perfect and then (Holden) - who speaks his own language - says something like that.
"It's a thrill to watch my boy when he's performing on television, but it's gutwrenching when they make comments like that."
Referring to Holden's cheesy mid-'70s pop persona, Mr Callea said: "What about (Holden's) white suits and carnations? He's pretty clean cut, too."
Anthony's parents said their son, who has been likened to a Ken doll for his shiny skin and metrosexual preening, had always "been meticulous in the way he looks and dresses."
Anthony's mother, Santina, said her son's boy-next-door image was the result of performing from a young age.
"He's very polished because he's been performing since the age of five and he's been on TV (on talent show Pot of Gold) since he was 11," she said.
"He did a lot of charity concerts when he was younger and I always tried to make him look neat when he performed. Now he spends about an hour in the shower every day and he's always going to the gym.
"(Mark Holden) is entitled to his own opinion, and I think he's correct that Anthony's too polished and needs to rough it up a bit. But (Holden) has a way of saying things which confuses the public. Anthony was very happy with his performance. It just didn't appeal to Mark."
Mrs Callea said she was worried about her son's feelings getting hurt, but that he knew what he was getting himself into when he signed up for Idol.
When judge Ian "Dicko" Dickson criticised Anthony for being too plastic earlier in the competition, Anthony said he would take it on board. "It's all cool, I think he's right in a way," Anthony said at the time. "That's cool, I'm roughening up."
Posted 12 June 2010 - 12:10 PM
Thurs 16 Sep 2004
It is a sad blight on our society when it can be revealed that Australian Idol rated better then the 'debate' between our two leading politicians on Sunday night, but that is exactly what happened!
The good news out of that however is that Australian Idol is hugely popular, and that has been reflected in the high level of betting we have seen on the second series.
Once again, many were bamboozled as to how Dan could have been evicted from the show early this week, but as we have so often said, the singing ability of each contestant is only one factor that you can look at. At least it was a male that was turfed out this week, which does even up things up a bit. Just on that, it is pretty obvious to us that the whole system is unfair, so maybe there should be a male and a female version of the show?
This week, Chanel Cole is back as $3.75 favourite. As much as $67 was available for Anthony Callea prior to him getting back in through the wildcard show, but he is a definite talent, and continues to be backed, even at the $5 he is currently on. Marty Worrall, who had been backed into second fav last week, has drifted to $8 after a lacklustre performance on Sunday night, and also for the fact that he narrowly missed the guillotine on Monday night. All in all, it is still very even, and is really in the hands of the voting public.
Posted 12 June 2010 - 12:10 PM
Thurs 23 Sep 2004
Ricky Lee Coulter has emerged as the new favourite at $3.50 to win Australian Idol following last weekend's show. That makes the Gold Coast entrant our fourth different contestant to head the betting, and over the past week it has been Ricky Lee and Anthony Callea (now $4) who have been the best backed. One of Ricky Lee's fans backed her on four occasions last week to win a total of $11,000 at $7 and $5.50, while Anthony was backed to win a similar amount at $5.50.
Perth performer Courtney Murphy has the voice to go all the way, and has joined Callea on the second line of betting at $4.We think that the disco theme of the upcoming show on Sunday may not suit him, but there is little doubt he is gaining popularity. He looks different, and that might matter when it counts. Outside of those three, we haven't seen decent levels of interest in any of the other singers.
Posted 12 June 2010 - 12:11 PM
October 3rd 2004.
Anthony Callea, rocked the Australian and music world, with his extraordinary and outstanding performance. It is overnight known throughout the music world as the best live performance ever since Michael Jackson's Billie Jean performance at Motown 25, back in 1983.
His performance on Idol, is the most wanted performance and most wanted two and half minutes of TV all over Australia and the world. Ian Dickson known as Dicko was lost for words.
He had a standing ovation, the audience was in tears, and so were most of the viewers from home. Anthony did The Prayer by Andrea Bocelli.
Setting a new bench mark for upcoming Idols and performers, Anthony has now got international stardom.
Posted 12 June 2010 - 12:13 PM
By Toby Forage
October 04, 2004 NEWS.com.au
AUSTRALIAN Idol's Daniel Bell has rung his last tune on this year's quest for a pop icon.
The 21-year-old Sydneysider, whose penchant for an operatic opus got him to the final eight of the Channel 10 quest, produced a version of Elton John's Your Song that judge Mark Holden could only label "lazy".
Daniel had listed End Of The Road by Boyz II Men as his favourite song to sing on his Idol bio, yet chose not to do so this week as the Idol's were given free rein to pick whatever they pleased for Sunday night's live performance.
That song's title ironically became his fate.
"I was happy to make it past the first audition, so to make it this far, it's crazy," Daniel said after being dragged into the bottom three with Bega's bohemian beauty Chanel Cole and Canberra's Hayley Jensen.
After more than her fair share of nervous appearances in the bottom three, Hayley, 21, was given a quick reprieve this week and rejoined the successful Idols ahead of Chanel and Daniel.
Chanel, not used to being in the unpopular camp after a wave of raves from the judges, was also spared for at least another week as Daniel's name brought his dream to a close.
"I am really privileged to be a part of this, so thank you very much," he offered before giving one more rendition of the Elton John classic.
The outstanding performance of the week came from 21-year-old Anthony Callea, whose rendition of The Prayer by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli left one judge speechless and another tingling.
Despite the song being a duet and featuring two languages, the diminutive Melburnian delivered a cracking croon that left Dicko with nothing to say.
Idol's toughest judge was clearly blown away by Anthony's effort, eventually finding the words to hail it the best ever performance on the Idol stage over the past two years.
Holden put it more simply, awarding Anthony a "grand royale touchdown."
Casey Donovan, Sydney's 16-year-old sensation who was in last week's bottom three, redeemed herself this week when she also scored a touchdown for her version of Special Ones by George.
Gold Coast diva Ricki-Lee Coulter was again on song, opening the live performance show with a breathtaking version of Whitney Houston's I Have Nothing.
But Courtney Murphy, who has regularly fought it out for the top spot in NEWS.com.au reader polls of late, proved a disappointment with Holden and Dicko.
While Marcia Hines appears happy to praise even the worst performances these days, her more constructive counterparts were not so unforthcoming in their judgements of the 24-year-old.
"I think you're cruising a bit at the moment," Dicko told Courtney, but it mattered not as the votes again poured in for the podgy Perth performer.
Courtney had sung the Beach Boys' God Only Knows, a choice he must have realised would put him under more scrutiny than ever.
"Obviously when you sing a Beach Boys song, and one of the best songs in the world, you're going to get a bit of criticism, but I was really happy with the way I sang the song last night," he said after surviving another cull.
Next week, the Idols will battle out performing songs by the same artist, namely Britain's princes of pop The Beatles.
By this time next week, only six of them will be left to continue the quest for chart-topping stardom.
femalefirst.co.uk ran the same story but called it ...Australian Idol: Daniel Bell Drops a Clanger ... and changed the wording slightly ...
The outstanding performance of the week accolade was reserved for 21-year-old Anthony Callea, whose version of The Prayer a duet by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli left one judge speechless and another tingling.
Despite the song being a duet and featuring two languages, he delivered a stunning performance that left Dicko Dickinson with nothing to say, something not achieved very often.
Dicko Mister Nasty of judges was just bowled over by Callea's performance, before his voice recovered and he was able to say it was the best ever performance on the Idol stage over the past two years.
Posted 12 June 2010 - 12:14 PM
07 Oct 2004 Herald Sun
And then there were seven: The Australian Idol finalists landed in Melbourne yesterday and were mobbed by fans. Chanel, Ricki-Lee, Anthony, Courtney , Casey, Marty and Hayley will continue their Melbourne tour today.
THE finalists of this year's Australian Idol were in Melbourne for the first time yesterday as their fame continues to grow.
The Idols are mobbed everywhere they go, and it was no different in Melbourne.
Last night, they performed on the Fox FM rooftop after visiting Nova in the afternoon.
Today, the Idols will be at Highpoint at 4pm.
They will be taking a special trip around Melbourne for a program, so keep an Eye out.
Betting on Anthony
MELBOURNE boy Anthony Callea has become favourite to win Idol, according to Centrebet.
Second favourite is Gold Coast teenager Ricki-Lee Coulter.
Posted 12 June 2010 - 12:17 PM
08oct04 Herald Sun
THERE were seven Australian Idol finalists at Highpoint yesterday, but most of the fans had come for just one of them - Anthony Callea.
The 21-year-old Sanctuary Lakes resident was a hit with the thousand or so fans, many of them wearing T-shirts devoted to their Idol.
With his family at the shopping centre, it was like a homecoming party for Callea, who hadn't been back to Melbourne since making the Australian Idol final weeks ago.
"I haven't been home for seven weeks, and it's quite weird because this is where I come shopping," he said to the crowd at Highpoint.
Callea performed in a number of talent quests at the centre when he was younger - another reason it was familiar ground.
The Idol finalists were in Melbourne for two days, flying back to Sydney for more rehearsals after yesterday's shopping centre appearance.
They went on a tour around Melbourne, starting off at Luna Park, before heading to the city, where they visited Federation Square and Flinders St station.
Posted 12 June 2010 - 12:20 PM
Thur 21 Oct 2004
Not much has happened with the order of favouritism on Australian Idol following the demise of Marty Worrall on Monday night.
Anthony Callea is still the favourite at $1.70, ahead of Courtney Murphy at $3. Both have had close to $5000 placed on them at around those odds since Ricky Lee's shock exit last week, and although the women left in the competition are under extreme pressure from the voting public, we have seen money for all three females left in.
This week, Chanel Cole opened at $11 and was backed to win just over $20,000, which saw her price crash in to $7.Casey Donovan was backed to win $12,000 last week, and has again been supported this week at $15, while Hayley Jensen, the outsider of the field at $21, has plenty of support from smaller punters, but we feel that the format of next Sunday's show may work against her.
Posted 12 June 2010 - 12:23 PM
TV Week Issue Oct 23-29 2004
Anthony on those gay rumours
Anthony Callea is not just popular with Idol's female fans he's become an icon in the gay community, with message boards and websites dedicated to him. The relaxed singer has denied rumours he's gay, but is flattered by the attention. "It's fine by me." he says "Whoever buys the albums, I don't care. It's cool."
He may not have much time for dating, but that hasn't deterred his female fans. "I got plenty of phone numbers from girls in Melbourne," he says "But I don't think I'll be ringing them. I just don't have time for it."
It's not fair!
Anthony is shocked by Ricki-Lee's early exit from Idol and blames the judges for singling her out as a favourite to win.
"Dicko said to her a few weeks ago that 'Australian Idol is all about Ricki-Lee" Anthony says. "It's great to get such a comment and it gives you a boost, but it's got consequences because people think, 'She's safe and we're not going to vote for her,' when they should have."
"For Ricki-Lee to go so early in the competition "it's crap." he says "She's been the favourite for weeks and all of a sudden she's gone."
Anthony also thinks the themes and the short amount of time to prepare each week make it difficult for the Idols. "If you were actually doing a performance and people are paying to come and see you, you wouldn't be singing things you didn't want to sing, like the Beatles. It would be your concert and you would have a lot of time to work on that performance, not just two or three rehearsals a week."
Write to me
He might be the hot favourite to win, but Anthony says he's short of fan mail. "I don't get a lot of letters. In the past seven weeks I have got seven letters, while everyone else has got bags full." It's time to get your pens out girls.
We will rock you
We grabbed the Idols and unleashed their inner rock gods ....
What's been your craziest rock-and-roll moment so far?
I haven't had one yet, but I wish I could trash a hotel room. It would be great!
If you could be a rock star for a day, who would you be and why?
I wouldn't like to be a rock star for a day. I'd like to be normal for a day after the last seven weeks!
What would be your rock star name?
I've always liked the name Christopher, but I don't know. Chris .... er .... Chris anything.
Posted 12 June 2010 - 12:24 PM
By MATT CUNNINGHAM
24oct04 Herald Sun
MELBOURNE'S Australian Idol heart-throb Anthony Callea has been seeking solace away from his fellow contestants as the competition enters its final stages.
Callea, 21, was seen away from the group in Sydney's streets this weekend chatting to friends on the phone.
But there was no escaping the spotlight for the man favoured to win the TV talent quest as he attracted the attention of a hoard of screaming schoolgirls.
While many Idol contestants have developed close friendships during the competition, Callea has preferred to keep to himself.
In an interview on the Idol website, he said that he enjoys hanging out with the other contestants.
"We've just made really good friends, and if it wasn't for the others, we'd probably go insane," he said.
But it is believed he is pining for his Sanctuary Lakes home and his close group of family and friends.
Callea can expect to go a few more weeks without his mum's cooking as he has firmed to a strong favourite to become Australia's second Idol.
Centrebet was this week quoting Callea at the short odds of $1.62 to win the competition ahead of Perth heavyweight Courtney Murphy at $3.
Canberra singer Hayley Jensen is the bookie's tip to be evicted this week.
But her father has voiced his support for his daughter amid a wave of criticism from the judges.
Rod Thomas, an excavation worker from Albury, said he felt his daughter had been the victim of a campaign from all three Idol judges to have her kicked out of the competition.
"We had a theory that they wanted Ricki-Lee to win and they thought Hayley might have been a threat to her," he said.
"But then Ricki-Lee got voted off and Hayley's still there. In the end, the public's the one that votes."
Mr Thomas said his daughter had been upset by some of the judges' comments, particularly from Mark Holden.
Posted 12 June 2010 - 12:26 PM
From Sydney Confidential Daily Telegraph
October 25, 2004
COURTNEY is hitting the exercise bike, Anthony is chewing off his fingernails, Chanel's taken to hiding in toilets, Hayley needs her man and Casey's plastic rats might soon need to be surgically removed from her.
Clearly, the Idol finalists are feeling the pressure as judgment day nears and five becomes four following tonight's all-important dumping.
It was this time last year Cosima's nodules started to misbehave, Millsy was just about goneski and the Fro forged forward.
As the nation votes tonight, Idol sources tell Confidential the butterflies are in overdrive for this year's crew.
For self-described "fatty" Courtney, his jitters are turning into sweat beads, spending hours on the exercise bike and pounding the treadmill at Idol headquarters.
It could mean a change from his Beatles-inspired suit coat in the coming weeks with Channel 10's wardrobe department thrilled he is now fitting into shirts he had to squeeze into at the beginning of the series.
Munchkin Idol Anthony is said to be becoming a bit of a loner, passing time gnawing down his fingernails and Hayley the Canberra yodeller is looking at a hefty mobile bill from calling her husband Tim several times a day.
Seductress Chanel has taken to hiding in toilets and dressing rooms during the others' Sunday night performances - and when that fails, the 26-year-old runs to her teddy.
At 10 years Chanel's junior, it's not a teddy bear that Casey is comforted by as the pressure mounts but her pet plastic rats, Patty and Ratty, which are always backstage.
Posted 12 June 2010 - 12:27 PM
Tue 26 Oct 2004
Aussie TV update
Sydney singer Casey Donovan, a 101.00 outsider when Australian Idol judges announced the Top 30, is Centrebet's 4.50 second favourite now that the race is down to just four vocalists. The three-time Mark Holden touchdown recipient is shaping up as the contestant most likely to prevent Melbourne musician Anthony Callea (1.50) winning the Sydney Opera House final. Perth performer and former favourite Courtney Murphy (5.00) is on the drift for the first time in several weeks, while Canberra crooner Hayley Jensen ($13.00) remains the betting roughie.
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