THE RYDGES POST
The Perth pocket rocket, Samantha Jade, is the well-deserved X-Factor winner for 2012 - but the top six should forge solid careers unless they do something stupid. Heard of the boy band, One Direction? They only came third in UK's X-Factor, as did Oz boy band, The Collective... and there is an audience waiting for loveable country lad, Jason Owen. Not sure whether they are all in nursing homes, depends on what ballads he decides to cover. Samantha's single starts getting airplay now and her album is out on December 7. Gosh, just in time for Christmas - but Sony Music doesn't give away recording contracts without a business plan.
There will be a live X-Factor Tour in early 2013 and Samantha has the other five finalists as support acts… so, the tour will feature:
The Collective, Bella Ferraro, Nathaniel Willemse, Shiane Hawke, Jason Owen and Samantha Jade… a nice, balanced lineup of genre and talent... The show will incorporate the stage and set designs used on TV so it will look pretty special, too.
Presented by Tin Roof Touring, the concerts kick off on the Gold Coast, then head down to Melbourne, across the Tasman to Hobart, back and across to Adelaide and Perth, finishing up at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion.
Dates & Venues
Tuesday, January 8, Gold Coast - Jupiters
Friday, January 11, Melbourne - Festival Hall
Sunday, January 13, Hobart - Derwent Entertainment Centre
Tuesday, January 15, Adelaide - Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Wednesday, January 16, Perth - Challenge Stadium
Friday, January 18, Sydney - Hordern Pavilion
Photo: Eva Rinaldi