Chooka Parker may have missed out on a spot on the Australia’s Got Talent grand final, but he’s gained some wisdom about the way reality TV shows work: lots of editing. The show’s host Grant Denyer yesterday told Sunrise that self-taught pianist Chooka, 17, had lost his cool when he returned backstage after the announcement of the grand finalists, saying Chooka “wrapped a jumper around his hand and started punching the walls and windows of the production office” (according to reports he’d heard). Chooka — real name Ethan — gave his side of the story to Today Tonight, saying the wall punching incident was “a completely different matter. With my music, it’s like an emotional journey, so you need to feel it from the start to end, but they cut out an important piece from my song — they edited the key change, and it pretty much ruined my song.” He was disappointed that other acts who had also run overtime hadn’t had their performances edited as much as his, admitting, “It was the editor’s window I bashed on. I didn’t actually damage anything though. Sorry about that, Mr. Editor.”
Keep reading for Brian McFadden’s take on the matter . . .
One of the judges, Brian McFadden, was also interviewed for the Today Tonight piece, and he stood by his decision to put through dance group Instant Bun to the grand final because Chooka hadn’t shown the same level of change and growth. Brian said, “He’s a super, super talented kid, but at the end of the day you gotta change things up, and he didn’t want to know, he just wanted to do his own thing. So I think when you don’t listen, the people at home can see that.” While Chooka was clearly disappointed that his time in the competition was over, he wanted to emphasise that he wasn’t angry at the judges for their decision.<p>