2009 Newspaper Articles
Posted 17 July 2010 - 12:35 PM
Not A Great Idol Year, Kyle A Loss
THE original Australian Idol, Guy Sebastian, believes the TV singing contest has legs to survive many more years, but admits he's not impressed with the latest series.
Sebastian says there's not a "huge diverse amount of talent'' on the seventh series of the Network Ten show.
He also believes the show is lacking after Kyle Sandilands was sacked as judge after the infamous rape revelation stunt on his radio show.
"I don't think it's the greatest year,'' Sebastian said in Sydney today.
"I think the show misses Kyle. You either love Kyle or you hate Kyle but you can't argue that he brought a point of view and a point of difference to the show.''
The show pulls in about one million viewers each week, way down from the figures when Sebastian won the show in 2003.
Sebastian, who will release his fifth album Like It Like That on October 23, said it was difficult to always get it right in Australia where there was a much smaller pool of talent to draw from compared with the US.
"It's hard, because you're not going to find a Wes Carr every year,'' Sebastian said, adding he thought Stan Walker and Hayley Warner were the standouts this year.
Adelaide Now, "You're not going to get those performances all the time, The Prayer by Anthony (Callea), or when Damien (Leith) sang the opera thing or when Shannon (Noll) did What About Me. It just doesn't happen all the time.''
But Sebastian still has faith in the format, saying he thinks it has "legs''.
"People go 'maybe Idol's had its day', that's not true,'' Sebastian said.
"If there were people who were genuine amazing talent that you would go 'man I can't wait to see what they're going to do this week' ... if people had that, it'd rate its butt off.''
Posted 17 July 2010 - 12:38 PM
With thanks Lea
Starlight Five Chefs Dinner
Sunday Herald Sun
Starlight Five Chefs Dinner which was held at the Grand Hyatt.
The caption to the photo reads - Event supporters: Anthony Callea with partner Tim Campbell, who was MC on the night.
Posted 17 July 2010 - 12:40 PM
Guest Gong Gets Going
Theatre's leading lights came together at the Rob Guest Endowment Concert last night, honouring the respected performer a year after his death. Bert Newton and Marina Prior co-hosted the event at Her Majesty's Theatre, which starred Anthony Callea, Lucy Durack and cast from Wicked and Chicago.
The first recipient of the Rob Guest Endowment was announced late in the night.
Zack Anthony Curran, Ross Hannaford, Sarah Bakker, Daniel Belle, Laura Page and Danielle Matthews are all up for the award.
The six finalists, supported by a professional orchestra, perform in front of an audience of experienced performers and industry players, before a panel judges them. That's pressure.
Posted 17 July 2010 - 12:42 PM
Special Guest Award for New Musical Talent
Alison Barclay arts editor
A YEAR after the sudden death of Wicked star Rob Guest, the yellow brick road will be paved with gold for one brilliant new talent.
Guest's partner Kellie Dickerson has set up the Rob Guest Endowment, a scholarship for Australia's most promising young music theatre performers.
Next week, at a concert hosted by Bert Newton and Marina Prior, the winner will be chosen - and sent to New York for a whirl of Broadway shows and special tuition.
"A scholarship like this has never existed in music theatre," Dickerson said yesterday.
Guest died from a stroke just three months into playing the Wizard in Wicked's Melbourne season.
When Wicked sponsor ANZ suggested the endowment, Dickerson - the show's music director - thought it a fine memorial.
Six finalists will sing at Her Majesty's Theatre next Monday, alongside Guest's Wicked colleagues Anthony Callea and Lucy Durack, and Chicago cast members Rhonda Burchmore and Tina Cross.
Posted 17 July 2010 - 12:50 PM
Idol Voting Lines Hiccup
By David Knox
In just its second live semi-final performance Australian Idol already has teething problems with its voting lines.
Host Andrew G told viewers that due to technical problems tonight, and tonight only, voting would be via SMS voting.
The directive was in place from the top of Tuesday?s semi-final show.
Meanwhile Stan Walker and Kate Cook have been voted through from the first semi final.
Kate Cook was so chuffed by the vote of confidence she even dropped the ?s**t? bomb.
The remaining four will be hoping for selection in the WildCard show on Sunday, which proved very successful for Anthony Callea many years ago.
Posted 17 July 2010 - 12:53 PM
Tim & Tony Here Soon
The Advertiser "Adelaide Confidential"
He's come a long way from his first job as a paper boy - albeit one who delivered to Kate Ritchie's hous - but Tim Campbell is still down to earth.
Having filmeda series of Nine's Celebrity Singing Bee, host Tim is waiting for the show to appear.
Tim tells Confidential we can expect a high-profile pollie singing in a high pitched "Seekers-style" voice and Tim's boyfriend, Australia Idol runner-up Anthony Callea - "the best singer in Australia" - to belt out a tune.
In the meantime, Tim has his cover band - "The Tim Campbell Retro Experience" - to keep him busy, as well as rehearsals for musical theatre show The Boyfriend in Melbourne, co starring Rhonda Birchmore.
Tim plays a "smarmy rich boy from America who goes after the girls in London". Tim and Anthony, who have been an item for about two years, were seen at the Melbourne premiere of Bruno. "It was Borat but a new character", Tim says. "Apparently i was laughing like a hyena."
Tim will be in Adelaide tomorrow as MC for the Dialysis Escape Line (DELA) fundraising night.
The charity is close to his heart as only two years ago Tim's mum, Heather, donated a kidney to his dad, Graham.
"Both are doing really well," he says.
Though Anthony wasn't joining Tim on this trip, he will also soon be heading to Adelaide for The Advertiser Sunday Mail Foundation Fundraiser event.
Posted 17 July 2010 - 12:56 PM
Herald Sun Extra Hit
Stars Remember the First Single They Bought
|"It's embrassing but it was Toni Pearen's In My Room on cassingle. I used to go to the singles wall at the record store every week and whatever had an instrumental on the B-side I'd buy. As a child I wanted to sing, and they were my backing tracks. And often I'd buy a single for the B-side to get the great tracks that didn't make an album."|
Posted 17 July 2010 - 01:07 PM
Anthony Callea is just 22 years of age, but he is already a national phenomenon.
His debut single, that extraordinary version of Andrea Bocelli?s ?The Prayer?, not only held the No. 1 position in lockdown for five consecutive weeks, it has set the record books reeling: Anthony Callea?s ?The Prayer? is officially the fastest selling Australian single of all time, it is also the highest selling Australian single ever!
These are astounding figures for any artist, but especially for one whose career has only just begun. They hint at Anthony?s rare, cross-generational appeal, but they?re not what make him special. To understand that, you have to cast your mind all the way back to the 10th August, 2004, the morning after the then 21 year old singing teacher from Melbourne was voted out of the first round of Australian Idol. It had been a tough blow to a performer who?d been working towards this moment since he was three years old. But that day, like every other day, he got over it and did what he did best. He sang. Because for Anthony Callea, there was nothing else he could do. ?Music is my life. It?s my reason for being?, he says. ?And anyway?, he laughs, ?I?m crap at everything else?.
There was nothing in Anthony?s family history suggestive of his future profession. No one sang, no one played an instrument. So you can imagine his parent?s complete bewilderment when the then five-year old Anthony asked them if they could take him to singing lessons. ?It was a bit weird?, recalls Anthony. ?But they?ve always been supportive, saying if that?s what you really want to do, then go for it?. And he?s been going for it ever since.
From those early days of talent schools through to 13 years of private singing lessons - which culminated in Anthony topping the state for Music Solo Performance in Victoria?s (HSC equivalent) Certificate of Education (with a perfect score, no less!) - Anthony has been utterly committed to his craft. By age 15, Anthony was already performing at The Odeon theatre in Melbourne?s Crown Casino, where he met up with producer Ashley Cadell, and spent the next few years writing, recording and honing his skills. By age 17, he was earning his living as a professional singer, continuing to perform at the Crown Casino as well as doing corporate gigs and weddings as a member of vocal trio, Say Yeah. In addition, he had a group of 27 private singing students with whom he shared his vocal secrets. Anthony knew he was going somewhere. He just didn?t know where, or when, his big break would come.
Then a small show called Australian Idol came along. Anthony made it through to the Final 30 before being voted off. The elimination was a surprise, and it hurt. But Anthony followed the same advice he gave his students: ?Keep at it, don?t let anyone put you down and remember that if you really want something, put your mind to it and just do it?. So when Anthony received the wildcard that saw him re-enter the show, he wasn?t overwhelmed. He wasn?t nervous. He was ready.
History may recall that it was Casey Donovan who became the Australian Idol, but it is Anthony Callea who will be remembered for providing the show?s defining moment: a performance of The Prayer so jaw droppingly accomplished, so emotionally loaded, that it produced a standing ovation from both the judges and the audience. From that moment, Anthony Callea was on his way.
Posted 17 July 2010 - 01:09 PM
Callea's In Big Rush To Return
By Bec Gill
Fresh from his critically acclaimed role in stage musical Wicked,
one of Australia's most gifted voices, Anthony Callea, will be a
special guest perofrmer at the next Advertiser Sunday
Mail Foundation event.
Callea will sing at the cocktail party launch of George Gross and Harry
Who's Spring/Summer Collection at the Entertainment Centre on
Wednesday, July 29.
"I love Adelaide and I love perofrming live," he said.
"I've been spending a lot of time in the studio. It's
great to be back. I'm experimenting with some new sounds."
ASMF patron Angela Condous said: "Funds form the night will be
supporting the ASMF Blanket Appeal, which will buy blankets
for homeless families to help keep them warm this particularly cold winter."
The event is sponsored by Qantas, Coopers Brewery, George Gross and Harry
Watt. Step Road Wines, Metro Holden, Grahams Jewellers, ANZ Bank, Elders Toll,
and the Entertainment Centre.
To Book, call 8206 2530
Posted 17 July 2010 - 02:32 PM
Anthony Callea Working On New Music In Sydney
Popdirt.com. Music News Website
Anthony Callea checked in with fans on his blog at MySpace on Monday (May 4), where the ?Australian Idol? season two runner-up talked about finishing up his role in ?Wicked? in January, and the status on the follow-up to his 2006 album ?A New Chapter?. The 26-year-old writes:
|"I know many are you are eagerly waiting on my 3rd album, so am I! I?m currently working on new tracks and working with some awesome writers and producers, it?s very exciting. I?m actually in Syd all next week working with an amazing producer/writer that I?ve never worked with before, I?m a big fan of what he has done in the past with other artists."|
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