Joondalup Weekender - - News - Tyler Brown

FRESH from the South African jungle, Shan­non Noll is em­brac­ing his new ti­tle as Aus­tralia’s favourite run­ner-up.

His sec­ond place to co­me­dian Fiona O’Lough­lin on this year’s in­stal­ment of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! was rem­i­nis­cent of Aus­tralian Idol in 2003 when he just missed out to Guy Sebastian.

“I can’t dodge it re­ally, can I,” Noll joked.

“That close and no ci­gar again. But Fiona’s a won­der­ful per­son and she’s been through so much, so I was quite happy to get as far as I did among the com­pany I was in.”

But Noll’s ca­reer from a farm hand in Con­dobolin to the only Aus­tralian male artist in na­tional chart his­tory to ever achieve 10 con­sec­u­tive top 10 sin­gles has shown that com­ing sec­ond is some­times just as good as win­ning.

“I’ll con­tinue to come sec­ond if I can,” he said.

Now the Aussie mu­sic icon is cel­e­brat­ing his first al­bum in seven years – Un­bro­ken – which was re­leased while he was in the jungle.

“It was some­thing very dif­fer­ent than I’d ever done be­fore,” he said.

“But it def­i­nitely did my head in there with­out know­ing what was hap­pen­ing.

“I won­dered if I could ask pro­duc­tion to find out for me but then I thought if it didn’t go well, then I’m stuck in here and I can’t get out and pro­mote it, so I thought I was bet­ter off just leav­ing it and find­ing out when I got out.

“It was the record la­bel’s idea and we thought it might pay off.”

And it did, de­but­ing at num­ber 7 and as the high­est Aus­tralian re­lease for the week. “I was re­ally proud of that,” Noll said.

But now he is back in civil­i­sa­tion, is able to get on the road and bring the new al­bum to fans.

“I’ve been so ex­cited to play a few of these new songs off the new al­bum for so long now,” he said af­ter his first show of the tour. Breath of Life is one we put in the set and I think I wrote that six or seven years ago, so to fi­nally see that make it into the set and make it on the al­bum and be re­leased is a re­ally great feel­ing.

“Then with Lift and Shine and Drive and What About Me in there as well, plus a sprin­kling of new ones, it’s a re­ally fun mix and it’s great and re­ally en­joy­able to per­form.”

Shan­non Noll’s new al­bum Un­bro­ken was re­leased while he was in the jungle.

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