Idol judges loved Stan's performance
A TWEED singing talent has wowed Australian Idol judges on his way to the second round of the annual talent contest.
The audition of Coolangatta's Stan Walker was featured in the first episode of the 2009 season earlier this week.
Stan admitted to battling nerves before he fronted judges Kyle Sandilands, Marcia Hines and Ian “Dicko” Dickson to sing John Lennon's Ordinary People.
The trio watched in awe as the 18-year-old shop-assistant belted out the tune uninterrupted with the help of a guitar.
“Mate you are a must-have on the show; 'Yes' from me without a doubt,” sacked judge Sandilands said.
“I really did think you were going to be a crazy. I liked it.”
Hines was gushing in her praise.
“You have got a beautifully mature voice and it is very nice and very beautiful to listen to and it resonates.
“This whole room was captivated with your voice and you could hear a penny drop, and to me that is what a great artist is,” Hines said.
“Welcome to Australian Idol.”
Dicko also liked what he heard.
“You were just terrific and the best thing is you are only 18, so you are going to get better and better and better.”
“Absolutely fantastic mate, a big 'Yes'.”
With a big smile Walker thanked the judges and walked out with a ticket to the next level of competition.
It is believed Walker has made it into the top 25, but a Channel 10 publicist said the Tweed would have to watch the show to find out.
The dedicated Christian is well known on the Tweed for his singing in church choirs, and friends have flooded his facebook with congratulations.