Guy Se­bas­tian

NW - - Retro -

He was the orig­i­nal, and might still be the best. At the ten­der age of 22, Guy was the first con­tes­tant to take the Idol crown in 2003, and went on to a ca­reer that’s still go­ing strong 15 years later. Yep, he’s had six num­ber-one songs – in­clud­ing Bat­tle Scars with Lupe Fi­asco – and nine Top-10 al­bums. Plus, he’s moved to the other side of the mu­sic com­pe­ti­tion desk, serv­ing as a judge on The X Fac­tor for five sea­sons. His crown­ing glory was rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia at the Euro­vi­sion Song Con­test in 2015 – the first year we were asked to com­pete. (He came a very re­spectable fifth, FYI.)

Guy ex­pe­ri­enced the full-blast Idol ex­pe­ri­ence in its mas­sively pop­u­lar de­but. “It was such an amaz­ing time in my life, and it all hap­pened so fast,” he says. “I guess be­cause it was the first one, peo­ple were really caught up in it. You just [went] from sort of nor­mal life – no­body know­ing your name and what you look like – to peo­ple mak­ing posters and hold­ing your name up and camp­ing out­side your house. It was full-on, but I loved it.”

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