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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : September 10 2008
YOUR LOCAL CUMBERLAND NEWSPAPER THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2008 PHONE 9018 3592 80c incl. GST Council elections Who's who Who's who PAGES 4-7 Festive fever Spring joy Spring joy PAGE 3, 11 Bridal feature Take a vow Take a vow PAGES 30-31 Priddis on song for Idol SHIREEN KHALIL Roshani Priddis, of Ashfield, wows the judges on Australian Idol. Once you're up there you start thinking, oh my gosh there are one million people watching me' ' Australian Idol contestant ROSHANI PRIDDIS ROSHANI Priddis has gone from wedding singer to pop star ma- terial after impressing the judges with her wild-card performance on Sunday night to secure a spot in the top 12 of Australian Idol. After Monday night's verdict for her version of If I Ain't Got You, the Ashfield local kept repeating the word ''unbelievable''. Priddis is still in shock that she has made it this far. ''I had no idea I was going make it in the top 12,'' she told the Inner- West Weekly this week. ''I was like anything can hap- pen, and it really was unbeliev- able. ''It's like all the things you ever dreamt about suddenly open to you in a day. It's scary.'' Born in Sri Lanka, Priddis came to Australia as a six-week-old and was adopted by an Australian family. The 21-year-old grew up in the country music capital, Tamworth, surrounded by music. ''It was hard not to love music and I started singing at a very young age. I progressed into school talent shows, then the Rock Eisteddfod, then began perform- ing professionally for about six years in jazz bands and wedding functions,'' Priddis said. She has lived in Ashfield for the past 21/2 years, following her passion and performing at bars, functions and corporate events. ''I love it here. It's my favourite area. Because there is a big Chinese population, it feels like home -- I lived in China for four months, so it's great!'' Priddis toured China as part of a duo then won a scholarship to study in the Big Apple. But she hopes Idol will be the big one. She admitted said she was ''ex- tremely nervous'' in her first live Idol performance. ''The first time I performed, I flipped out. It was really intense and I didn't think it was going to be so scary,'' she said. ''Once you're up there you start thinking, oh my gosh there are one million people watching me, what if I forget my lyrics? You start doing all these paranoid things, but once you're up there a few times you get used to it.'' Idol judge Marcia Hines shared some advice with Priddis back- stage. ToPage2
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