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Guy Se­bas­tian has ac­crued many an ac­co­lade since win­ning the first sea­son of Aus­tralian Idol all the way back in 2003. Un­like many re­al­ity show pop stars, he’s proven his longevity with four ARIA awards, in­ter­na­tion­ally chart­ing songs, a judg­ing gig on X-Fac­tor, eight gold cer­ti­fi­ca­tions and many more achieve­ments.

De­spite this suc­cess, his up­com­ing Then and Now tour will be rem­i­nis­cent of one of the times he was driv­ing around to lit­tle towns in a mo­torhome.

“When I get asked what my favourite time was over the past 15 years it was the last re­gional tour,” he says. “I did like 53 shows. “We’d just had Hudson, so he was re­ally young, we had this pimpin’ mo­torhome bus thing we took on the road.

“It’s just such a great time of life, a new fam­ily. It was a re­ally beau­ti­ful time on the road.

“I find go­ing to th­ese towns so grat­i­fy­ing as you get so much back from the au­di­ence be­cause they do get over­looked.

“You’re not re­tir­ing by play­ing 400-seat venues. I wanna share mu­sic and share ex­pe­ri­ences.”

Of course some­one from a coun­try town Guy knows quite well is a fel­low by the name of Shan­non Noll.

He came run­ner up in that first sea­son of Aus­tralian Idol and since then has be­come some­what of an Aussie icon for be­ing a lit­tle rough around the edges.

It’s an ab­so­lute plea­sure to write that Guy and Shan­non are still great mates.

“Yeah. we talk all the time!” Guy ex­claims, sur­prised it’s even a ques­tion.

“We’ve been through some­thing pretty spe­cial to­gether so we’ll al­ways have a bond. He’ll al­ways be a mate.

“There’s never been this rivalry that has been in the pub­lic. We’ve never cared about that.”

In fact, on the show a curly haired Guy and fresh faced Shan­non popped the cham­pas be­fore they knew who won.

“At the end of the day, we were like ‘all we want to do is sing, we want to make mu­sic’,” Guy says. “We didn’t care about win­ning.

“So at the Opera House they told us ‘you’ve both got a record deal’, at that point we started drink­ing and hang­ing out and just hav­ing a good time. Once we knew we were both set we hon­estly didn’t care who won.”

It’s fine to bring up Nollsie and Aus­tralian Idol and even the ’fro with Guy, but don’t men­tion Coconut Love.

Hamish and Andy fans will know that Guy was part of an elab­o­rate prank on ra­dio sta­tion ex­ecs where the com­edy duo wrote a non­sen­si­cal song in 15 min­utes, got Guy to make it sound like a song and pitched it to the board for ra­dio play.

The lyrics were so bad it was ba­si­cally an in­sult to Guy’s mu­si­cal ge­nius.

“Peo­ple ask for it at my shows now,” he says, laugh­ing in­cred­u­lously.

“On my last tour I per­formed it as the last per­for­mance ever of Coconut Love, kind of like a farewell, so that’s done.” Guy Se­bas­tian vis­its the Gold Coast on his Then and Now tour July 6 at The Star. Tick­ets from

Guy Se­bas­tian vis­its the Gold Coast on his Then and Now tour on July 6 at The Star.

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