Local idol stays positive

By NATALIE PEUTnataliep@gladstoneobserver.com.au

CHRIS Luder fans were gob-smacked on Monday night when he was farewelled from the Australian Idol competition.

The former local was shocked when his name was read out as one of two people to leave the show at such an early stage. Although it was an emotional time for Chris, he showed his true spirit yesterday by looking on the bright side.

"I had such a fantastic time, and my career will hopefully go up from here,'' he said.

Chris said the experience through out the series was "awesome''.

"It was a pleasure to be part of something so great,'' he said.

Chris said the best part of the whole journey, apart from singing, was the chance to live in the Idol mansion.

"We were cooked for, and got plenty of cool free stuff,'' he said.

Chris said support from people he met on the street was also amazing.

"The people on the street were so supportive ? there was never any negative feedback,'' he said . "Hearing people cheering for you, recognising you and wanting your autograph was a sensational feeling.''

Although Chris' journey has been a good one, it still came to quite a shock to be eliminated from the competition so early. "I wasn't sure how to feel, whether to feel upset or excited about getting this far,'' he said.

Chris said he still had friends in Gladstone, and they kept him up-to-date on people talking about him on the radio and in newspapers.

"The support of Gladstone has been incredible and I love it,'' he said.

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