As expected, Stan Walker was named the new Australia Idol last night at the Sydney Opera House. The 18-year-old beat out rock chick Hayley Warner in front of a dedicated crowd that had waited outside in the sweltering heat to see the Grand Final. Michael Buble, Wes Carr, Ian Moss, Mika, Guy Sebastian and the Final 12 joined them for the celebration. Ricki-Lee Coulter also sang her new single, which also happens to be the song that was used in the Rexona commercial they played during every ad break.
Stan’s family flew in from New Zealand to support him– all 300 of them – and burst into an impromptu haka when he was named the winner. Host Andrew G confirmed the show will return for an eighth season, we’re hoping with some major tweaks. Meanwhile, well done Stan!