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18 January - Damien Leith, Irishman scoops "Aust. Idol 2006"

Unread postby Max ADU » Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:35 pm

Australian Birthday Today - Damien Leo Leith, born 18 January 1976 Dublin Ireland, an Irish singer–songwriter. Winner of Australian Idol

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    His early years learning Irish dancing were an asset which made him light on his feet. Leith reportedly lost 10 kg during the taping of the show

    As a teenager he formed a family band, "Leaf", with his sister Áine and brothers Paul and Darren. Leaf recorded in New York and then again later under the new name "Releaf", which made an appearance in the Irish Top 100

    Coming to Sydney Australia, he played in a number of high profile venues, as front-man for a band known as Revelate. His first Australian performance was at The Basement in Sydney's Circular Quay.

    As a chemist with Pharmalab utilising the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemistry he obtained from University College, Dublin decided enter the music contest Australian Idol in 2006 with some 25,000 other contestants

    Damien was selected by the judges as one of the final 24 contestants, and was the first person voted into the competition's top 12 as the result of a nationwide viewer vote.

    His renditions of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game", Roy Orbison's "Crying", Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and Puccini's "Nessun Dorma" each earned Leith a "Touchdown" from Mark Holden, Holden's ultimate accolade for an excellent performance. Leith holds the record (with Australian Idol 2004 winner Casey Donovan) for being awarded the most touchdowns, at four apiece.

    Sandilands also stated that the family of Roy Orbison had contacted the Australian Idol producers requesting a copy of Leith's performance of "Crying".

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    At age 30, Leith became the second oldest winner of any Idol series in the World. Controversy among viewers was created as Leith was not an Australian citizen at the time of winning the Australian Idol 2006

    Leith became an Australian citizen on 25 January 2007, taking the pledge from then Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, in a nationally televised broadcast on Network Ten.

    In October 2007, Leith was nominated for 3 Australian ARIA Music Awards including; "Best Breakthrough Single" and "Highest Selling Single" for Night of My Life, which he was unsuccessful in. He was also nominated for "Highest Selling Album" for The Winner's Journey, which he won.

    On 15 April 2011. Damien recorded his fourth studio album in the United States,. an album of Roy Orbison covers, entitled Roy, and was released to coincide with what would have been Orbison's 75th birthday. This album was produced by Barbara Orbison, Roy's widow, who passed away on 6 December 2011, aged 61. The album peaked at #2, and has spent 25 non consecutive weeks in the ARIA Top 50 Albums Chart and gained platinum certification

    Later Leith went on to be a contestant in the 2011 season of the Australian version of Dancing with the Stars on Channel Seven. He made it to the final three dancing stars before being eliminated.

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