Unsung hero returns to centre stage
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
LISMORE'S unsung Idol hero Ngaiire Joseph just keeps on bouncing back.
The tiny diva failed to make the Australian Idol top 12, but she has been chosen to perform outside the Sydney Opera House on tomorrow night's final program despite suffering from a nasty bout of the flu.
"She went down to Sydney feeling very sick," said her mother, Miriam Murphy.
"She had a fever and a croaky voice but we're hoping she'll still blow everyone away."
Ngaiire made headlines when she was named in the contest's top 30 at the same time her aunt passed away in August.
Ngaiire herself spent a large part of her childhood fighting for her life after being diagnosed with cancer in her adrenal glands.
Miriam said the support from the local community had been overwhelming.
As a special thank you to her local fans, Ngaiire will perform for free as she steps off the plane at the Lismore Airport on Monday at 5pm.
She will also sing at the Northern Star's Carols by Candlelight on December 12 at the Southern Cross University grounds from 6.30pm.