Adam Eckersley (left) and Aaron Bolton.
Adam Eckersley (left) and Aaron Bolton. Daily Examiner

Grafton rocks Australian Idol

MILLIONS of Australian television viewers tuned into Australia Idol on the weekend to watch the talentless and the talented try to get through to the final 100.

Grafton featured prominently in the Sunday night knockout round with former locals Aaron Bolton and Adam Eckersley both winning their way through to the next round of the hard-fought competition.

Bolton, 24, who grew up in Grafton, impressed the judges Kyle Sandilands, Delta Goodrem, Marcia Hines and Ian 'Dicko' Dickson with a cover of Keith Urban's Somebody like You.

“I work in a bar in Tamworth six nights a week, and play gigs on the weekend so I'm pretty excited to have an opportunity like this,” Bolton said.

“I just want to have a go.”

Bolton also knows where he wants to take music and has a vision for an album, if he gets the chance to release one.

“I really like the pop country sound,” he said.

“Something like Keith Urban is where I would like to take my music,” the talented performer said.

After his performance, Dicko was the first to speak, saying that Bolton had a bit of work to do before the next round when the competition would hot up.

“I like the way you come in, no nonsense, very nice voice, undersold it. You did not command serious enough attention, the attention that you should demand as an artist,” Dicko said.

Kyle, on the other hand, said that Bolton would be valuable to the competition as his voice was unique.

Delta gave some advice to the young hopeful and said: “You are like a breath of fresh air and you may not be singing just on the weekend for much longer.”

At the end of his audition, Aaron received four 'yes' votes and left the room with a ticket to Sydney to compete in the top 100 week of the competition.

Eckersley, who also spent the majority of his youth in the Clarence Valley, sang an original tune.

“I just want to rock and roll, really,” Adam said.

“I have been performing full time for the past seven years doing at least three gigs a week around Newcastle.

“Music is my life and my meal ticket,” the performer said.

Armed with his acoustic guitar, Eckersley impressed with his performance and made it through to the top 100 round with four 'yes' votes from the judges.

Dicko had some criticism, but was impressed enough to say yes.

“I don't think you have got the best voice that we have heard today but in terms of your personality, your look, your energy and your overall commitment to music - absolutely terrific,” Dicko said.

Marcia said that she loves the performer's honesty and commitment.

“I can see that music is your life. It is not airy-fairy, it is how you make a living,” she said.

Delta agreed and said that the Australian public would be able to relate to Adam's music and sound.

“I really enjoy your voice,” she said.

Keep an eye out for Aaron Bolton and Adam Eckersley as they go on their Idol journey in the upcoming episodes of the show which airs on Sunday nights at 6.30pm on Channel 10.

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