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AUSTRALIAN IDOL FAREWELLS ANOTHER TWO CONTESTANTS

Read our recap below!

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It's that time of the week again, Australian Idol elimination night. Opening with the top eight performing Crowded House's seminal hit, Don't Dream It's Over, judge Kyle Sandilands has returned to the panel tonight after chucking a sickie yesterday. He said it's a whole different experience watching the show at home and he was puffing on ciggies whilst yelling at the screen. He's joined by fellow judges, Grammy® award-winning artist Harry Connick Jr.; Grammy® award-winning singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor; beloved eight-time ARIA Award-winning singer-songwriter Amy Shark and top-rating broadcaster Kyle Sandilands.


Last night, Josh Hannan received the judges fast pass following his moving rendition of Fix You by Coldplay, placing him in the top six. Hosts Ricki-Lee and Scott Tweedie are on hand to reveal which five out of the remaining seven contestants will join him. The first to find out their fate is Royston Sagigi-Baira, who makes it through to next week. Unfortunately the same can not be said for Amali Dimond and Phoebe Stewart, who are the first two acts to end up in the bottom four. The judges are shocked with both results, not expecting to see Dimond and Stewart standing there on stage. "I don't know what Australia's thinking," says Connick Jr. and Trainor spins in her chair in shock. When Ricki-Lee tells Anya Hynninan that she has made it to the top six, she decides to turn to the judges saying "ha ha" followed by something inaudible. It's down to Angelina Curtis, Ben Sheehy and Noora H. I'm holding my breath, because if you've read any of these recaps you know I'm a big fan of the rock god, Ben Sheehy. As the hosts keep us in suspense, I can finally take a sigh of relief as he makes it through to the top six. "I had a good song picked for the bottom four," he says, having expected to find himself there again. But Australia, you pulled through for our boy. That means Curtis and Noora will be joining Dimond and Stewart in the bottom four.


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It's definitely a shocking bottom four, there's two artists I thought definitely were going to make it through. But that's the nature of the game. First to perform is Dimond, who sings Little Mix's Secret Love Song and I think maybe the shock and nerves have gotten the better of her. It wasn't bad, but not her best when compared to her usually polished performances. Similarly for Curtis, the nerves may have been running high. She performs Bruno Mars' Talkin To The Moon (fun fact: I performed this song when I was in year nine lol) and it was nice to see her away from the piano. I do get frustrated that these bottom four performances only last 40 seconds and we don't get a more rounded out performance. "You're so talented, it's frightening" says Trainor, and Sandilands compares her to the charm of Disney music. its clear there's a bright future for Curtis. Noora is tackling one of Australia's biggest hits, singing Sia's Chandelier. She's added a bit too many vocal runs, but definitely pulls them off, and like Dimond and Curtis the shock and nerves is simmering beneath. Sandilands then runs us through a middle-eastern holiday he took once upon a time, the way only he could mid-episode. In what's probably the best performance of the bottom four, Phoebe Stewart sings The Weeknd's Call Out My Name. Again, there's some slight nerves, but she still delivers those powerhouse vocals. She's fired up and channeling it into her performance. Sandilands, Trainor and Shark all give her a standing ovation. "I'm gonna be screaming your name forever," says Trainor. Shark says tonight might be a bit awkward, sharing "Meghan actually said to me if Phoebe goes, then I go." Is that what you want Australia? Get it together with your voting habits.


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Before we find out who is going home, chart-topping American band OneRepublic are here to hit the stage. Currently on their Australian tour (view our gallery of their Sydney show here), they're performing their latest single, I Ain't Worried, and giving a masterclass in how to deliver on stage. Frontman Ryan Tedder struts across the stage with ease, delivering a faultless vocal performance. Shark is clearly a massive fan, rocking a beaming smile, and earlier in the show Trainor offered to introduce her fellow judge to Tedder. For those who don't know, the frontman has written and produced tracks for the likes of Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, U2, Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Madonna, One Direction, Katy Perry, Blackpink and so many more. He also shares their new single, Runaway, is set to arrive in four to five weeks and that he'd love to work with Calvin Harris and Florence + The Machine.


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Well, we're about to find out who is eliminated from the competition. But first, the judges offer some advice. Connick Jr. shares some heartfelt words, ending with "work on your craft and be ready to hit the ground running." For Trainor, she has one overriding word. "My advice: TikTok." To be fair, she has had a viral hit or two on the platform and amassed a large following. She then jumps out of her chair when Ricki-Lee announces Phoebe Stewart has made it through to the top six. There's one spot left, and Tweedie reveals that Amali Dimond is that final singer making it through to the top six. That means Angelina Curtis and Noora H's Idol journeys have come to an end.


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Watch Australian Idol on Channel 7 Sunday night at 7:00pm AEDT. Stream it on 7 Plus and stay tuned for our interviews with Angelina Curtis and Noora H.

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