Fresh face pops in for a visit

Dami Im is our spe­cial guest

Central and North Burnett Times - - GAYNDAH RACES - Shirley Way

DAMI IM, win­ner of The X Fac­tor Aus­tralia 2013, will be the VIP guest at the Gayn­dah Races on Oc­to­ber 11.

Par­tial to a re­fresh­ing drop of “re­ally healthy” grape­fruit juice or a le­mon, lime and bit­ters, Ms Im was keen to visit Queens­land’s old­est race club and cit­rus hub.

Ms Im promised her new sin­gle, Gla­di­a­tor, would be on the playlist, after learn­ing of the Gayn­dah Glad­i­a­tors rugby league team’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to contest the re­cent grand fi­nal.

“I wrote the song about fight­ing for my love... and mak­ing sure that I get that per­son to love me back,” Ms Im said.

For those with anx­i­ety or de­pres­sion, she ex­plained the song’s mes­sage was to “fight for your own love – to love your­self, be strong”.

With an ap­proach to pop mu­sic as fresh as the cit­rus drinks she en­joys, the Bris­bane-based singer said the X Fac­tor ex­pe­ri­ence had ex­panded her per­spec­tive on what she could do.

“I think it was a train­ing ground for me where most of the songs thrown at me were songs I didn’t know at all but I had to per­form them,” Ms Im said.

“I re­alise I can do fast songs and pop songs, where be­fore I was bet­ter at the slower bal­lads.

“(In) stage pro­duc­tion and per­for­mance ev­ery­thing was quite new, from walk­ing in heels to per­form­ing with dancers and in mainly crazy, ab­surd out­fits.”

What the X Fac­tor ex­pe­ri­ence didn’t change was Ms Im’s de­sire for the “au­di­ence to re­late to the emo­tions, whether happy and cheer­ful or sad and angry”, she said.

Book­ings to meet Ms Im at the Gayn­dah Races VIP Mar­quee should be made with the Golden Orange Ho­tel-Mo­tel on 4161 1107.

Cost, in­clud­ing race en­try, is $95 for non-mem­bers and $85 for mem­bers of the Gayn­dah Horse and Jockey Club.


RACES BOUND: Last year’s X Fac­tor Aus­tralia win­ner Dami Im will at­tend the Gayn­dah Races on Oc­to­ber 11.

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