This show makes a joke of the Australian music industry. There is no talent in what they do, they get up on stage and cover a song, there is no real talent in that. Many claim that this show provides a great launching pad for many careers, but does it teach any of them how to handle popularity in the public, does it teach them how to compose, does it teach them any scrap of musical ability? The answer is no.
The contestants should not be waisting radio air time, it should be reserved for Australian artists of whom hold more talent than any of the contestants, such as Grinspoon, the Living End, Missy Higgins and End of Fashion.
The ARIAS should completely over look these contestants for an award. And that is all these people will be. Anthony Callea, will forever be known as Anthony Callea, the small everybody knows he is gay, but he denies it mediokre singer who was runner up on Australian Idol, he will never be renowned as just a singer he will always carry the baggage of Australian Idol.