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4 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, October 16, 2008 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au She says Ashfield's tops SHIREEN KHALIL Australian Idol contestant Roshani Priddis in the Idol studio. Picture: PHIL BLATCH PP203311 AUSTRALIAN Idol contestant Roshani Priddis has admitted she loves the Chinese food in Elizabeth St in Ashfield. The Ashfield singer told all to the Inner-West Weekly when we visited the Idol stage in Moore Park -- from her best local res- taurants to her fashion preferences. Priddis took up singing at a very young age in school talent shows and spectaculars, and continued singing in local bars and at corpor- ate events before landing a hot spot in the Australian Idol top 12. Originally from Tamworth, Priddis moved to Ashfield two years ago and can't seem to get enough of the Chinese food. ''I love all of the Chinese res- taurants, like on Elizabeth St, because they have good, proper, authentic Chinese food. ''I plan to stay in the area for as long as I'm on the show and in Sydney,'' she said. When she was just six weeks old, Priddis was adopted by her Aust- ralian parents. Her only con- nection to her Sri Lankan legacy is photos of her biological parents. Yet she says she is amazed by the amount of publicity she has been receiving from the media in her birth country. ''It's pretty amazing . . . it's those little things you don't expect that make it really wonderful,'' she said. She hopes to visit Sri Lanka soon to ''learn my language, learn how to cook and work in some schools''. Priddis said she had turned downajobtobeontheTVshow. ''I actually turned down a gig in Singapore. So if it wasn't for Idol I'd be in Singapore performing in a six-star hotel,'' she said. ''I've got a whole new perspective on the industry. I'm a lot more open to what goes on and I feel less naive.'' When it comes to fashion Priddis knows what she wants and said Idol stylist Sheridan encour- ages the contestants to be creative. ''We have a fantastic stylist and he is really good. He loves for us to create our own look,'' she said. She prefers performing in pants, especially when singing upbeat songs. ''I love both pants and dresses, but with pants you can really move and let go and just do whatever. ''But it really depends on the song. If you're doing a crazy up- beat song, you've got to wear jeans,'' she said. Priddis says it is difficult at times performing on stage but chooses not to think about it. ''I'm just not going to think about it if I'm going to stuff up. I do worry, only because I'm human.'' She carries the advice given to her from judge Marcia Hines which is: ''Remember to forget''. ''That's just what she keeps repeating to me and I never forget it.'' Roshani takes risk SHIREEN KHALIL Read the full story online at www.innerwestweekly.com.au ROSHANI Priddis was ''out to impress'' on last Sunday's Aust- ralian Idol rock night and this time Australia was on her side, keeping her safe for another week. The Idol contestants were ex- cited to learn Tim Farriss and Kirk Pengilly from INXS were guest celebrities on the show, particularly Priddis who accord- ing to presenter Andrew G was ''out to impress''. The Ashfield contestant rocked the stage with Foo Fighter's song The Pretender. ''I chose the song because it's risky and challenging and you don't want to stand in front of INXSandsingapopsong.. .'' Priddis said. During the workshop re- hearsals, the INXS guys were impressed with Priddis's song choice and said they had to push rock songs out of contestants but she picked a rock song straight out. ''Roshani is pushing herself into an area she's not so comfort- able in and think she has great voice and energy. We think she can almost do anything,'' Farriss and Pengilly said. Priddis stayed true to her words when she told the Inner-West Weekly in an interview last week she was going for a ''sweaty, rocky look''. But again, despite all judges loving her performance, Kyle Sandilands ''hated the outfit''. OPENING SALE Lift chairs, scooters, rollators, shower chairs Crutches, walking sticks, walking frames, wheelchairs, hospital beds, commodes, cushions, ramps Ability Healthcare 115 Silverwater Road Silverwater 9648 1888 www.abilityhealthcare.net Pride Lift Chair C6 Dual Motor $1580 Save $270 Pride Pathride 10 Scooter $2400 Save $250 6 Wheel Rollator $170 Sale Price $127 Shower stool $60 Sale Price $45 Sales, Hire, Personal Delivery (10km radius) 2304589i iww wk16 Would a short-term cash loan help you get back on top of things? Every week, our Personal Finance Centres help thousands of people get over life's ups and downs with a convenient cash loan. We have all kinds of loans from $50 to $5000. 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