Australia's Got Talent star finds happiness on stage

LOUISE Kennedy's happiness has Australians glued to the small screen.

The Nambour comic opera singer took to the stage last night on the Australia's Got Talent semi-final show to perform her version of the song Barcelona - a duet between Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and Spanish soprano singer Montserrat Caballe.

Despite taking on both parts of the challenging duet, Ms Kennedy said she was "carried away" during her performance.

"Once I get going I get right in to the character and then it just flows freely," she said.

"I love it, I really love it."

Her performance was met by mixed comments from judges Dawn French, Geri Halliwell, Kyle Sandilands and Timomatic.

However, Ms Kennedy said she found most of the feedback was positive.

"I think they liked it, there was one thing I did that Dawn didn't like but Geri did like," she said.

"Kyle said he didn't understand what went on, it was a weird number . . . but he said he liked it.

"Timomatic said what I do in an acquired taste . . . but I made him smile all the way through."

Ms Kennedy's Australia's Got Talent journey has done more than quench her thirst for performance. It has helped her regain confidence after what has been a rough five years for the single mum.

Since she and her former husband lost their home in Witta, Ms Kennedy has been through a divorce, the death of her mother and has moved 13 times in the past five years. "What Australia's Got Talent has done is boosted my confidence," she said.

The results from last night's performance will determine whether Ms Kennedy stays or leaves the competition, but she said regardless of the result, she hoped her time on the show would open doors for a future career in the entertainment industry.

"What this has done for me is pick me up and make me think there's still hope," she said.

"Hell, I can still sing and still deliver a number and ought to be able to perform somewhere."



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