No Idol moment
By MICHELLE DAY
CASEY Elliott didn't get much sleep on Friday night because she was so nervous.
She didn't get much sleep Saturday night either, but this time it was because she was so excited.
The 22-year-old bank teller ? or listener, as she prefers to call it ? from Boambee, was one of five talented singers selected to go to the next round of Australian Idol after auditions were held for the first time ever in Coffs Harbour at Opal Cove Resort on Saturday.
Others on their way to Sydney on May 24 are Lauren McKay from Coffs Harbour, Carmen Jenner from Lismore, Andrew Cousins from Wauchope and Ashley Robertson from Brisbane.
Hundreds of people waited in the holding room outside the auditions in support of Idol hopefuls.
More than 150 singers, songwriters and musicians auditioned throughout the day, entertaining themselves and each other while they waited by singing, playing and dancing in the holding room before being called up for their chance at pop stardom.
For Casey, though, it was more a matter of talent and destiny than chance.
"It was my birthday when I was overseas travelling and I just thought, 'I'm buying myself a guitar, I don't care if I eat Weetbix for a month'," she said before the auditions.
"I found out about the local audition through the newspaper and my sisters coming in and sratred jumping on my bed saying 'It's a sign, it's a sign!'," she laughed.
Despite this, Casey was still shocked when she was handed the pink card ? her ticket to the Sydney auditions.
"They asked me to sing about four different songs and I sang Indelible and Lifeline by Brooke Fraser, then Who Will Save Your Soul by Jewel, then What If I'm Right by Sandi Thom," she said.
"The windows behind the judges looked out over the ocean so whenever I got too nervous I would look out and
think, it's okay, you're at home."
The experience was so surreal that Casey didn't realise at first that she had been selected.
"He (the judge) was just shaking the pink ticket, then he said 'You're going to Sydney'. I went up and kissed him, it was so unexpected," she said.
"I can't remember being this happy."