Eltham waitress aims to be rock chick idol
By LEONIE BRANN
TORY DIXSON hopes to throw away her apron if she impresses the Australian Idol television judges when she auditions for them in Brisbane this morning.
The Lismore waitress, who works with her drummer boyfriend Daniel Brown in the restaurant at the Eltham Friendly Inn, gave an impromptu performance for lunch diners yesterday as a warm-up for today's audition in the Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
The 22-year-old went through two days of auditions last weekend to get her invitation to return to audition for Australian Idol's TV judges ? Marcia Hines, Mark Holden and Kyle Sandilands.
She said on Saturday she sang the Joss Stone hit You Had Me, but it failed to impress her first-round judge, Venettea Fields, who is famous for her work with John Farnham's band.
The self-confessed rockchick, who sings with local original outfit Vanishing Girl and pub band The Insomniacs, said the bluesy number, and her outfit choice on Saturday, did not reveal her true personality.
"I usually sing rock numbers and dress a bit more Gothy," said the pierced singer.
"Daniel convinced me to go back for the Sunday auditions and that I should be more myself, so I dressed a bit more rocky and I sang the Evanescence song Bring Me to Life, which seemed to really impress the judges."
She said first-round judge, Lindsay Fields, who also worked with John Farnham, said the best way to get the attention of the TV judges was to be herself.
"The world needs more rock chicks, and I want to be the one who rocks for the rest of them," Tory said.
Daniel Beazley, of Ocean Shores, also faces the judges today.