7 February, 2023

Idol journey for Jeremy

FROM singing at the local pubs to performing on national TV, Mareeba’s Jeremy Fletcher has made his debut on reality singing competition Australian Idol.

By Ellie Fink

Idol journey for Jeremy - feature photo

Singing and playing his guitar to Aussie classic “Solid Rock” by Goanna, Jeremy performed to some of the biggest names in pop music - Meaghan Trainor, Harry Connick, Amy Shark and Kyle Sandilands.

The country rock genre is rarely heard of on the show and for American judges Meghan and Harry, this was their first time hearing the song.

In the end, all four judges gave him a “no”, believing Jeremy’s unique raspy voice and country style was not ready for Australian Idol just yet.

“I always try to keep as close to the original sound of the song (when performing covers) in respect of the artist, however maybe next time I will change the arrangement to suit the style of the show,” he said.

Although not making through to the next round, performing on Australian Idol is a huge step in becoming a country music star.

From being in front of the camera to navigating backstage, Jeremy soon learned that the studio was nothing like the stage of the local pub.

“It was a little bit intimidating being in front of such big names in music, but it was also really exciting – I was more nervous about the behind the scenes and the lights and camera,” he said.

“I have learned a lot about what happens ‘behind-the-scenes’, how to deal with interviews, cameras and lights and how full on the music industry can be.”

Taking on feedback from the judges and his experiences behind the scenes, Jeremy hopes his time on set will help him continue to grow as a young musician.

Whether Jeremy will take on Australian Idol again is unknown as he now takes the time to do the things he loves – working as a mechanic and releasing new music.

“I am undecisive as to whether I will audition again because I have a lot of stuff going on right now between my apprenticeship and trying to release new music,” he said.

“But you never know what the future has in store.”


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