Daniel?s got the ticket to stardom
By LEONIE BRANN
DANIEL BEAZLEY will return to Brisbane on Thursday to audition for Australian Idol judges Marcia Hines, Mark Holden and Kyle Sandilands.
The Ocean Shores 25-yearold was one of more than 1000 hopefuls, some of whom lined up overnight, to audition for Australia's biggest talent quest at South Bank's Suncorp Piazza in Brisbane on Sunday.
Battling his nerves, Daniel first auditioned for one of his idols, Venetta Fields, who is famous for her work with John Farnham's band, before he was handed a blue ticket that meant he would audition for the show's executive producers and record label executives.
"I ripped it," Daniel exclaimed as he left the audition rooms below Suncorp Piazza waving a pink ticket, his invitation to audition for the show's television judges on Thursday morning.
While Daniel was still hesitant to give away the song that he will again have to sing for the TV judges, he said his song choice was a key to him getting through to the third round auditions.
"They were banging on the table in time with the song and one of them even sung back-up vocals. They seemed to really like it," he said.
"I wrote on the registration form that I was 'match fit and ready' and that I had what they wanted.
"The executive producer agreed and said, 'I needed to show it to the judges'.
Not wanting to give an unfair advantage, Daniel, like the others who front the cameras this week, will have to wear the same outfit and even hairdo for the audition.
"I didn't think I would get this far, so anything that happens now is a bonus," Daniel said.
"I heard there were only about 30 pink tickets given out at Sunday's audition, and there weren't as many people auditioning as last year, so I am pretty happy with myself."
The final Brisbane audition for Australian Idol was held at South Bank yesterday.