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    Idol's Lisa Mitchell Survives Despite Poor 'See You Soon' Votes

    lisamitchell1.jpgAlbury's Lisa Mitchell survived another round of Australian Idol voting last night — but only just.


    After viewers’ votes were tallied the Scots School student was in the “bottom three” with Bobby Flynn and Ricky Muscat. Eventually, the man with the wild afro, Flynn, was told his time in the show was up, leaving Mitchell one of just six contestants still in the running.


    Mitchell’s poor voting result was something of a surprise given generally positive judges’ responses to her rendition on Sunday night of the Coldplay song, See You Soon. She had been allowed to accompany herself on guitar, her preferred way to perform.

    The program’s acid-tongued judge, Kyle Sandilands, said Mitchell, 16, deserved to be in the bottom three although he had said after one of her earlier performances that “I think this girl could be the best thing to come out of this country musically”.


    “The kid needs to grow up,” he said last night.


    Lisa said she had been looking forward to playing guitar on the show but in doing so had “heaped pressure” on herself “which was a bit dumb”.


    Tonight the contestants will perform their own songs with Flynn also invited back to perform an original song as a guest. Meanwhile, Idol’s revamped format has paid off, with the program attracting nearly two million viewers for a regular live performance show.


    Contestants playing instruments on stage struck a chord with viewers, attracting an audience of 1.92 million people nationally for the reality show on Sunday night.


    Allowing the use of instruments was a world-first for the program now in its fourth series. “All Idol markets (around the world) were looking at it very closely, so there was pressure,” said the program’s executive producer Stephen Tate.


    This year Idol also increased the maximum age of contestants to 30.


    Source: http://www.bordermail.com.au

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