Australian Idol favourite Stan Walker, who lived in Byron Bay and attended Byron High School after moving from New Zealand in 2005.
Australian Idol favourite Stan Walker, who lived in Byron Bay and attended Byron High School after moving from New Zealand in 2005.

Votes only thing to keep Stan in

AUSTRALIAN Idol favourite Stan Walker’s “touchdown” performances on Sunday may have earned the Coolangatta boy the promise of a recording contract from US guest judge Peter Wentz, but his mum, April, said her son needed local support to get him through.

“Just look at previous years. The fans of the favourites become complacent and don’t vote so they don’t make it to the finals,” Mrs Walker said.

Although the Walker family moved to Coolangatta in 2007 when Stan was in Year 11, the Idol frontrunner said his time with Byron High music teacher Darko Milic helped make him the singer he is today.

Stan, who moved to Byron Bay from New Zealand in 2005, said Byron was “a full culture shock”.

“I was just this Maori kid from New Zealand. In Byron there were all these kids in skinny jeans. It was just so different,” he said.

The 18-year old R&B singer kick-started his three performances on Sunday with a high-energy version of Eye Of The Tiger complete with acrobatics, followed by a rendition of James Brown’s A Man’s World and finally Amazing Grace.

When asked if Stan’s fame and fortune could potentially earn the family a house back in Byron, Mrs Walker laughed.

“I’d like a house in Byron, a house in the Gold Coast and maybe a house in Sydney, please Stan,” she joked.



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