There have been very few contestents from Australian Idol that have managed to make a name for themselves without having to resort to joining girl groups made up of other ex-contestants or sleeping with Paris Hilton. This is probably due to the huge stigma attached to being a contestant on the show. Their seems to be this idea that people who have been on the show can’t become serious muscians.
Most of you will probably remember Matt Corby as the runner-up in the 2007 series of Australian Idol. While the winner, Natalie Gouchi seems to have fallen off the face of the earth, he has grown a beard and recorded an EP. Instead of going for the typical route of releasing dodgy pop songs on a major label, he has recorded an EP of folk songs that are probably best compared to Bon Iver.
I know many people will probably be put off by the whole Australian Idol thing but this video is worth a look/listen especially if you’re a fan of the folk genre. Althogh I’m still not entirely sure aobut that beard….