Idol in Coffs for first time
JAMES Mathison looks out over the Pacific Ocean from Opal Resort and admits that he doesn't have a bad job at all.
Sitting down to a late alfresco lunch, the Australian Idol co-host joked that all auditions should be poolside.
The Idol crew arrived in Coffs Harbour yesterday afternoon for today's local auditions.
And while James has been to Coffs before this is the first time that Idol has come to town.
The down-to-earth televi- sion personality hoped to relax with a game of golf yesterday afternoon before an unknown quantity of auditionees arrived today in search of their 15 minutes of fame.
Based on other locations, thousands of people could turn out, including family and friends supporting auditionees.
"We will see everyone," James assured.
Auditionees simply have to turn up between 10am and 5pm to register.
They will probably spend some time queueing up to get into the audition room, so James recommends bringing along a book.
Other advice is to be prepared with a couple of songs you know you can 'absolutely nail' and just be yourself.
"Give it a crack, you never know ... just don't sing anything by Mariah, Whitney, and if you are thinking about singing I Believe I Can Fly ? stay away," he said.
"Sing something a bit original that has some sort of meaning to you."
Auditionees will go before a panel of executive producers while James will alternate between the audition room and chatting to those waiting outside.
And if you don't get through, don't stress ? you can always audition in Newcastle, Sydney or Brisbane later over the coming weeks.
Auditions wind up in Sydney on May 22.
Those hand-picked by judges will face judges Mark Holden, Marcia Hines, Kyle Sandilands and Ian 'Dicko' Dickson in Sydney.