Heidi's got loads of talent
THIS week we found out Dunoon really does have talent.
Heidi Chappelow, who has lived in Dunoon for five years, is a new member of Deep Blue, who performed on the Channel Seven series Australia's Got Talent last week.
The group describe themselves as an “orchestra unleashed”, playing classical instruments with a rock edge. Their performance is as much about the movement as it is the music. Performers came in on stilts, flew in and out of set and danced, all while playing mash-ups of popular hits including The Knack's My Sharona.
Ms Chappelow, one of three viola players in the group, has only performed with the band twice, but given her circus background, she said it was the perfect gig for her.
This week she will be back busking on the street in Lismore, riding her unicycle while playing the viola, which is a talent the judges and the nation are yet to see.
Judges Danni Minogue and Brian McFadden were so impressed by the act that Ms Minogue even questioned whether they “mimed” as it was so “perfect”.
“It was so nerve-racking,” Ms Chappelow said. “There are all these famous people milling around, which just heightens that feeling.”
The group are competing for $250,000 in prizemoney, which Ms Chappelow said would likely go towards a nationwide tour.
Voting closed yesterday for the show and you can watch tomorrow night to find out whether they've made it straight to the grand final or to Melbourne to compete in the semi-finals.
“With the calibre of the other acts it might be hard,” Ms Chappelow said. “With such a great prize there's a lot at stake.”
Which is why they plan on upping the ante with each performance. If they get another chance, it's likely we'll see Ms Chappelow's unicycle skills off the streets of Lismore and on our television screens.