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Australian Idol: Top 50 for Tahlia Eve

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Grace Frost
Grace Frost
Hi, I'm Grace Frost. I was honoured to report for the Review as their Digital Journalist from mid-2022 to the beginning of 2024. Ive since made a move to the Herald Sun.

By Grace Frost

Tahlia Eve Pizzicara is preparing herself for Top 50 Week on the television series Australian Idol after her audition on Sunday night secured her a golden ticket to the next stage of the singing contest.

Ms Pizzicara is heavily involved in music and entertainment in the Mitchell Shire, having worked with BGGROUPAU on many events in the area.

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Ms Pizzicara was the assistant event manager at the Kilmore Christmas Carols last year and also played a major role at Wallan’s Camp for Cancer.

Despite being an experienced performer, frequently singing at Kilmore Trackside on race and event days, Ms Pizzicara said auditioning for Australian Idol was ‘totally different’ than any other experience.

“There’s a crazy difference between performing to a live audience and performing for global superstars,” she said.

“It’s something that I won’t ever forget because nothing will really match up to that experience.”

Having wanted to audition since the television show first aired over a decade ago, Ms Pizzicara brought her entire ‘clan’ to support her on the big day, walking in with her mum, dad, sister and both sets of grandparents.

Ms Pizzicara said she had been ‘sick as a dog’ the entire week before her audition, left with ‘no voice’ just days out from filming.

“I was ‘hopped-up’ on a lot of lemon and ginger tea… Luckily my voice came back … I could speak again a day or two before auditions,” she said.

Ms Pizzicara was met by the celebrity judge panel after ‘the longest walk of her life’ to centre stage, which seated US singer Meghan Trainor, Australian singer Amy Shark, radio personality Kyle Sandilands and US personality Harry Connick Jr.

“Once I stepped into the audition room, it’s honestly all a bit of a blur,” she said.

“I was so in the moment that I didn’t even realise that the pianist had been sitting there on the piano ready the entire time, and I turned around and he was there and I was like, ‘oh, he’s ready, time to sing’.”

Ms Pizzicara sung Ariana Grande’s hit song ‘One Last Time’, having looked up to the US singer for many years.

“She’s a big inspiration [of mine], but it was big shoes to fill singing one of her songs,” Ms Pizzicara said.

After belting out the pop hit, Ms Pizzicara was quick to receive a ‘yes’ from both Harry Connick Jr and Amy Shark, but Kyle Sandlilands lived up to his ‘tough judge’ reputation.

“I got two ‘yeses’ first, and then it went to Kyle, and Kyle was just not really into it, which is so fine,” she said.

Ms Pizzicara said after receiving a ‘no’ from Mr Sandilands, was not expecting to receive a third ‘yes’ from the final judge to vote, Meghan Trainor.

“Especially having all my family there cheering me on, I was just praying that I wouldn’t come out empty handed,” she said.

Ms Trainor invited Ms Pizzicara’s family to the audition room to hear the verdict – a third ‘yes’, guaranteeing Ms Pizzicara a place in the top 50.

“My grandma was jumping up and down with her cane … They were all so excited, it was just so wholesome. It was honestly a moment that I will never forget,” Ms Pizzicara said.

Ms Pizzicara received feedback from the celebrity judges, and said Harry Connick Jr’s advice was ‘really, really beneficial’.

“He picked up things that I feel like other people haven’t really said to me,” she said.

“It was really cool to get that feedback and have that experience from such a musical genius.”

Ms Pizzicara is excited to enter phase two of the competition, where she’ll battle against other golden ticket recipients for the ultimate title of ‘Australian Idol’.

“I’m really excited to meet and connect with all the other artists in the top 50,” she said.

“Meeting like-minded individuals who share the same hopes and dreams will be really great.”

American singer Marcia Hines is set to guest star on the series in coming weeks.

“That woman is absolutely incredible,” Ms Pizzicara said.

“Being able to sing for her is going to be so, so scary, because she’s just so well versed. She just has been around the traps, and she really knows the industry back and forth.”

While Australian Idol airs, Ms Pizzicara is hard at work on other music projects.

Ms Pizzicara is excited to release another single in coming months, joining her RnB pop blend lead single ‘Witchuu’ and sophomore single ‘Ride With Me’.

After the success of her debut solo show ‘A Night Out With Tahlia Eve’, in August at the Brunswick Mechanic Institute, Ms Pizzicara is also beginning to plan for another show set to hit the stage later this year.

“I just really hope I’m able to connect with Australia through my music and through my performances,” she said.

“I think it would be really amazing to be able to touch someone with my music […] now that people would have seen my audition and hopefully enjoyed it.”

After last night’s episode, both Ms Pizzicara and Wallan’s Kaitlyn Thomas have advanced to the top 30 contestants in the competition.

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