HIS IDOL?S VOICE: Australian Idol star Anthony Callea at the Lismore Workers Club yester- day.
HIS IDOL?S VOICE: Australian Idol star Anthony Callea at the Lismore Workers Club yester- day.

Oz idol finds his voice

By CHRIS SUTTENFIELD

ANTHONY Callea had his own Australian idol when he was growing up ? singing legend John Farnham.

"I wanted to be him", said the pint- sized 22-year-old Melburnian.

However, he was the voice people flocked to hear last night at the Lismore Workers' Club.

The Australian Idol star is on a national tour at the moment, working hard to promote his self-titled number one album.

This is Anthony's first visit to the Rainbow Region, with his only link to Lismore being fellow Idol contestant Ngaiire Joseph from last year.

"I know Ngaiire, that's how I know Lismore," said Anthony.

Touring off the back of Australia's highest-selling single, The Prayer, Anthony revealed he was still adjusting to his new-found celebrity almost a year after coming runner-up to Idol winner Kasey Donovan.

When asked why he thought he had enjoyed more success in his music career than Donovan he said: "I wouldn't say I'm more successful. She was 16 when she won thecompetition and she still has to grow up really, and learn about herself."

She's just taking a back seat at the moment, growing up and writing" he said."You can't expect too much when you're 16"

Aspiring musicians should 'do and be who you are, perform your own music and don't be someone you're not'.



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