Chris struts his stuff for Australian Idol

By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.com.au

FORMER Gladstone State High School student and Wiggles member Chris Luder has become one of the top 30 finalists for Australian Idol.

The 26-year-old has not only shown off his talent to the Australian Idol judges, but has also impressed his family friends, the Shouten family who remembered his passion and talent for music.

Life-long family friend Lyn Shouten said Chris was always a talented musician.

'He was such a shy boy, but when he was on stage he was a completely different person,' she said.

'In his senior years at Gladstone State High School he performed in the school musical 'Off Beat' where he acted as the hippie in the production.'

Lyn said although the school didn't have a musical when Chris was in year 12, he certainly showed off his talent in the GSHS talent quest.

She said Chris was never into sport, because music was his life.

'When Chris had finished school he moved down to Sydney to pursue his career in music, and became part of the Wiggles production,' she said.

'Although majority of the time he was Dorothy the Dinasour, he used to fill in when the others were sick.'

She said he had travelled everywhere, and his sister loved to see him perform for the Wiggles.

Lyn said he had also appeared in a number of ads.

'Earlier this year Chris had opened up his own recording studio. It's great to see him achieving on Australian Idol.

'I really think he will make it right through to the end, he is so talented and has such drive and passion for what he does,' she said.

'He will give it everything he has.'

According to an interview on the Australian Idol website, Chris was inspired to audition by his friends.

Chris said he believed he was not only a singer, but also had a good feel for what the audience wanted.

The website showed what a laid back guy Chris is, and how crazy he is for music.



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