I want peo­ple to get to know me ... like they did on Idol

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Shan­non Noll in the jun­gle be­fore he en­tered the camp . Noll in his el­e­ment on s tage (above); (right) the 200 3 Idol run­ner -up with win­ner Guy Se­bas tian; and (f ar lef t) with wife R ochelle and their chil­dren Blake, Cody and Si­enna in 20 12. ‘Wow, some­thing is wrong here be­cause the view hasn’t changed.’ ”

Noll got through the fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties by tour­ing on a shoe­string bud­get, which gave him a new pur­pose.

“The ac­tual act of do­ing the shows was more ther­a­peu­tic than mak­ing any money out of them,” he says. “Just feel­ing that sense of ac­com­plish­ment, with peo­ple still com­ing to the shows and I was singing good and the band was go­ing well, that re­ally pulled me out of that and put me back on track again. It gave me some sense of pur­pose, that there is still some­thing worth fight­ing for.”

Fel­low Aus­tralian Idol alumni Casey Dono­van won the last sea­son of I’m A Celebrity. Noll was asked to take part in the show on pre­vi­ous years but de­clined. For what­ever rea­son, it wasn’t the right tim­ing. his year, with his new al­bum out, Noll is de­ter­mined to make his come­back hap­pen.

“I’ve been asked (to come on I’m A Celebrity) a few years in a row,” he says. “Last year I had a big tour al­ready locked away and con­firmed. I’ve al­ways had a bit of an idea it would be in­ter­est­ing to do and ev­ery­thing fell into place re­ally well this year.”

Noll so far has cruised his way through, get­ting along with every­one in the camp.

Where he might come un­stuck is if ten­sions rise. “I am hope­less with it,” he says when asked how he deals with con­flict. “It will boil up to a point where I don’t han­dle it that well. I sort of lose my tem­per with it. In­stead of nip­ping it in the bud like I should, and han­dle it diplo­mat­i­cally, I play the silent treat­ment for a while and it eats away at me so you end up snap­ping a bit, es­pe­cially with be­ing hun­gry and detox­ing and all of that.”

Noll and wife Rochelle are par­ents to Cody, 16, Blake, 15, and Si­enna, 11. His el­dest gave him some timely advice be­fore he jet­ted off for his South African ad­ven­ture.

“He goes, ‘Dad I need to talk to you … I wanna give you some advice.’ He said, ‘Don’t get caught up in con­flict.’ He said not to ar­gue and not to lose my tem­per be­cause no­body likes peo­ple who do that and I’ll get voted out. He said to take the moral high ground with ev­ery­thing.”

While not great with heights and scared of the tucker tri­als, Noll’s big­gest fear in the jun­gle is be­ing away from his fam­ily.

“I’ve got Cody and Blake go­ing to par­ties and that whole in­ner city teenage party thing can go hor­ri­bly wrong,” he says.

“God for­bid any­thing like that ever hap­pens but es­pe­cially when I’m away and I can’t do any­thing about it, that would give me a real feel­ing of help­less­ness. With any par­ent, that is the feel­ing they dread, not be­ing able to do some­thing about it, that is my big­gest worry. I talked to them and told them not to do any­thing stupid. I also told them that if they’re at a party and their mum rings, an­swer the bloody phone be­cause she’ll be pulling her hair out won­der­ing where they are. Leav­ing her alone to do that by her­self is a real hard thing to get my mind around.

“Hav­ing that piece of mind be­fore go­ing in was a re­ally big thing for me.” The jour­nal­ist is in South Africa cov­er­ing I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! as a guest of Chan­nel Ten.

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