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Australian Idol: Where are they now?

Mamamia logo Mamamia 12/07/2016 Meredith Eriksson

Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian and runner-up Shannon Noll inside the Opera House at the Australian Idol Finals in 2003. © AAP Image/POOL/Sydney Morning Herald/Edwina Pickles Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian and runner-up Shannon Noll inside the Opera House at the Australian Idol Finals in 2003. Remember when Australian Idol was a new and innovative show that took over your lounge room to give you that one inspiring message:

‘Out there, somewhere, somebody sings worse than you.’

Ok, there was a lot of legit talent on that show.

Most of us have forgotten about our old Idol pals, so seeing Shannon Noll pop up in memes or Guy Sebastian at Eurovision comes as a wild walk down memory lane.

Let’s revisit the good ol’ days of having one talent show on television and see where our heroes are now.

Shannon Noll performs during the 2014 NRL Finals series. © Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images Shannon Noll performs during the 2014 NRL Finals series. Shannon Noll

Noll, Nollsy, Nollo-mate. Shannon became an icon of the Aussie everyman with the worst facial hair to see the screen since Dame Edna forgot to pluck. Noll continues to tour Australia and belt out the hits. What about me, indeed.

  Guy Sebastian attends the 2016 APRA Music Awards. © Zak Kaczmarek/Getty Images Guy Sebastian attends the 2016 APRA Music Awards. Guy Sebastian

There are few faces as synonymous with Aus Idol than Guy Sebastian.

Sebastian was the first winner of the show and brought us bangers such as: Angels Brought Me Here and all the other songs that you belt out at 2am in the bar but can't remember in the light of day.

Sebastian recently killed it at Eurovision in 2015 and brought home 5th place for a country that technically doesn't deserve to compete. On ya, mate.

Paulini performs during Woolworths Carols in the Domain last year. © Cassandra Hannagan/Getty Images Paulini performs during Woolworths Carols in the Domain last year. Paulini 

Paulini or Pauline Curuenavuli graced our screens in season 1 and set our hearts on fire with her fiery attitude and smooth vocals. Paulini continues to chase her singing dreams with the release of her third studio album in May 2015.


Ricki-Lee Coulter performing in 2015. © Scott Barbour/Getty Images Ricki-Lee Coulter performing in 2015. Ricki-Lee Coulter

Ricki-Lee Coulter: A fan favourite in season 2, Ricki was knocked out in the final rounds but later returned as a host in Season Six. Ricki now works as a radio presenter in Sydney for Nova 96.9 and still records music.

Casey Donovan continues to grow her music career. © Brendon Thorne/Getty Images Casey Donovan continues to grow her music career. Casey Donovan

Donovan won the second series of Idol at the tender age of 16 - making her the series' youngest ever winner. Donovan has continued her to grow her career in the music industry. Donovan grabbed the headlines again in recent years after revealing she was victim to a six-year-long scam relationship conducted over the telephone.

Anthony Callea sings the national anthem during the FFA Cup Final match between Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory in 2015. © Scott Barbour/Getty Images Anthony Callea sings the national anthem during the FFA Cup Final match between Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory in 2015. Anthony Callea

Callea won our hearts in season 2 with a voice of an angel and a face to match.  He went on to create a strong career in Australian music with chart-toppping singles. The last album the young singer released was a Christmas album in 2013.

Jessica Mauboy at the 2015 ARIA Awards. © Graham Denholm/Getty Images Jessica Mauboy at the 2015 ARIA Awards. Jessica Mauboy

Mauboy has been a household name ever since she came second in season four of the season.

Mauboy has made a hugely successful career for herself in film and television since appearing in the show. Highlights include her roles in Bran Nue Dae and The Sapphires.

Matt Corby accepts the award for 'Song of the Year' during the 27th Annual ARIA Awards 2013. © Ryan Pierse/Getty Images Matt Corby accepts the award for 'Song of the Year' during the 27th Annual ARIA Awards 2013. Matt Corby

Matt Corby broke the hearts of Australian audiences in season five with his soft acoustic vocals and bold voice. Corby continues to be a chart-topper with a talent that has grown as lusciously as that beard.

Natalie Gauci celebrates after being announced as the 2007 Australian Idol winner. © AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy Natalie Gauci celebrates after being announced as the 2007 Australian Idol winner. Natalie Gauci

Season five winner of Idol Natalie Gauci could belt out a tune with the best of them and went on to perform internationally after the competition. Gauci recently revealed her battle with drugs after finding loneliness in fame. Gauci now lives in London and has plans to continue her musical career.

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