Australian Idol’s re- recruited judge Ian “Dicko” Dickson hopes to strike gold when the talent search begins in the Western Australian mining town of Kalgoorlie on March 3.
The fifth series of Idol will cast its most extensive web yet, Network Ten and FremantleMedia Australia announced yesterday, with 17 cities and towns set to host auditions, the most of any series.
Dickson said he and fellow judges Mark Holden, Marcia Hines and Kyle Sandilands were keen to find a diamond in the rough.
“I’d love to find some bearded miners sitting out there in satellite gold mines strumming guitars to amuse themselves,” he said.
“Just as much I’d hope to see some big-hearted hookers from Hay Street (Kalgoorlie’s famous red light district) deciding to try their hand at a profession of even iller repute than what they’re in at the moment.”
The former Sony BMG marketing general manager left the show after two seasons but was drawn back after being impressed by the calibre of last year’s contestants.
English-born Dickson became an Aussie citizen this year and is now eager to uncover some “classically Australian talent”.
The style of Idol contestants has diversified in recent years, especially last year when Irish crooner Damien Leith was crowned the winner ahead of Jessica Mauboy, a sweet and soulful singer who auditioned wearing thongs in the red dirt of Alice Springs.
It was then, Dickson said, that Idol had “came of age”.