Stan was shocked to be voted in top 12.
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Nation listens to our Stan

MUSIC and singing is a language everyone can understand according to local Australian Idol contender Stan Walker - and it appears the nation is listening.

The 18-year-old Coolangatta resident impressed judges and the audience enough this past week to earn a spot in the top 12 of the popular reality show.

Still on his rise to the top, Stan said he had goals for his time on the Channel 10 show, no matter the outcome.

“I want to become an ambassador for people who come from nothing,” Stan told the Tweed Daily News yesterday.

“It's one my goals I want to achieve during my time on Idol, for people to understand what I'm about.”

While Stan has until next Sunday to warm up his vocal cords, he said he had a long list of songs in mind he wanted to sing to the nation.

“It's going to be a surprise on that Sunday,” Stan told the Tweed Daily News yesterday.

Stan said he was still getting over his placement in the top 12 from Tuesday night.

“I really didn't think that I would make it this far,” he said.

“Everyone that has performed on the show is amazing and I was waiting for their names to be called instead of mine.

“It was a real shock.”

The modest teen received compliments from all judges, including Marcia Hines who said Stan's voice was particularly sexy.

“It's pretty humbling,” Stan said.

Stan travelled to Brisbane for the audition earlier this year, where he performed John Lennon's Ordinary People to judges Kyle Sandilands, Hines and Ian “Dicko” Dickson.

It was his first time auditioning for the show.

“I come from a very musical family and they've just been supportive the whole way,” Stan said.

“I've been singing for as long as I can remember but when I was about five or seven, that's when I really took notice about my voice.”

He first performed in front of a crowd in 2006 at the Byron Bay Blues Festival.

When back home in Coolangatta, he performs regularly with Tweed Valley Community Church on Sunday nights and at community events.

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