He's our Idol!

By LINDY MILLS

DAVID Andrews will be singing his heart out on Australian Idol next week but he won't be singing for those pesky southerners in Newcastle, where some believe he hails from.

He will be singing for Coffs Harbour a region where he grew up and an area he still loves.

'Dave', now 27, has been portrayed as the 'Swimming Teacher' from Newcastle and is in the final 24 of the current series of Australian Idol on Channel 10. But he is originally from Coffs Harbour and still calls this area home.

Self taught David originally started playing music at the age of 12 and has mastered the piano, the guitar and even the trumpet.

He writes his own music.

"He is very musically minded and so is his mother Jennifer, my daughter," said David's Grandfather Harry Weller, a gifted musician himself.

David realised he wanted to be a professional musician when he first played in front of a live audience.

Growing up in the Coffs area he was taught the love of swimming by Barbara Hogbin at Coffs pool before attending Narranga Public school, a passion he still has.

David and his family's love of nature and swimming often steered them to steered them towards Boambee Creek Reserve.

But David's parents work commitments moved them south to Newcastle.

"Returning home to family and the Boambee Creek to swim and snorkel makes us wonder why we ever left." said David's mum Jennifer, who is battling with cancer.

Now David's family will be glued to the screen and the phone constantly engaged when he appears on Idol on Tuesday night.

"We are very proud of him and would love to see him make it to the final 12. If he doesn't win it doesn't matter. He had a go." said Harry, who still lives here in Coffs. "We will do everything we can to get him through to the finals, by voting a lot. Anyone who thinks he is good enough we would appreciate their vote."

Harry said that David is planning to return to the Coffs Harbour area to live after his experience on Idol, especially so he can enjoy his beloved Boambee Creek reserve.

But everyone is hoping that will not be for a while as David might become a huge name in the Australian music industry.

Either way it's good luck to David.

Coffs will be behind you.



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