Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Lau­ren Tesolin

FROM Hi-5 to high groovin’ with The Di­a­monds, Casey Burgess has seen and done it pretty much all.

“Leav­ing Hi-5 was def­i­nitely a tough call to make, but I knew my time had come,” Burgess said. “I was ready to move on from chil­dren’s TV and per­form­ing af­ter five years.

From Home and Away to host­ing Girl TV, to her present meta­mor­pho­sis as a mem­ber of The Di­a­monds, Burgess cer­tainly likes to keep her­self busy and au­di­ences en­ter­tained.

“The au­di­tion (for The Di­a­monds) came through at the very last minute,” she said. “I was asked on the morn­ing to take in some ma­te­rial and sing to the man­ager, Dave.

“I sang through a cou­ple of songs with him, and got the call that night to start re- hearsals the next day. Hav­ing to dance and sing at the same time isn’t as easy as it looks, so I was to­tally blown away at first when I saw what the show en­tailed, but I was lucky that I had the Hi-5 back­ground.”

This past year has been a highly mem­o­rable one for Burgess, who ad­mits she is just for­tu­nate to have a sup­port­ive cast and crew around her.

“Ev­ery trip so far has been mem­o­rable for dif­fer­ent rea­sons, but be­ing able to travel with girls so tal­ented, who I can ac­tu­ally say are amaz­ingly close friends now, is such a bonus,” Burgess said.

“A cou­ple of high­lights would be trav­el­ling to Sin­ga­pore and per­form­ing on top of Ma­rina Bay Sands for the For­mula 1, and also our time on the cruise ship where we stopped in Hong Kong.”

Where to now, though, for this shin­ing star?

“Hope­fully to Ve­gas,” Burgess laughed.

“I love hit­ting up the re­gional towns around Aus­tralia be­cause the au­di­ences are al­ways so amaz­ing and grate­ful, but I think The Di­a­monds would be a fab­u­lous show on the Ve­gas strip as well.”

The rare and pure charisma of The Di­a­monds is a sure bet to cap­ti­vate all mu­sic lovers.

“We get to sing big bal­lads and great­est hits by Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, The Supremes, Donna Sum­mer, Whit­ney Hous­ton, Christina Aguil­era, Bey­once, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys ... the list goes on,” Burgess said of the tal­ent she gets to em­u­late week-in, week-out.

The Di­a­monds are Shikye Smith, Han­nah-May Buck­ley and Casey Burgess.

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