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Australia's Got Talent, Melbourne auditions.

sunny 12 °C

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We had heard amazing things from Broomy about a cafe called Proud Mary's and he generously took us there for breakfast on Sunday.

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This place is so popular that people are willing to stand outside and wait for over an hour to get their mits on some yummy grub. Our visit was no exception so we ordered some teas and coffees and stood in the Autumn sunshine as we waited for a table.

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Finally our name was called...and we were in!

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It was pretty much lunchtime when we got inside and so totally acceptable to order the pork belly sandwich! I was too hungry to stop and take a photo of it but here's some tea instead. Love the cute milk bottle.

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We didn't mind waiting as it was definitely worth it, and we had the bonus of getting to know a couple of Broomy's mates Tanya and Wally who had joined us.

Tanya is the founder of a charity called Hearts4heart. Through her own experiences with heart disease she found that support for young adults was lacking in Australia and so she has tried to change that by setting up the charity to help young adults with heart disease and to raise awareness of this condition. Its an inspiring story.

"Heart disease is cross cultural, multi-racial, non- denominational and has no preferences. Heart disease knows no age. It is my hope that Hearts4heart will raise awareness of heart disease, provide direct support for all of those who are impacted by cardiac illness, whilst encouraging members to live a positive and fulfilled life. I hope to connect cardiac patients to each other, as well as link families, friends, carers and supporters, to give you a safe place to learn, to share your stories, and to share and support each other through the highs and the lows with people who understand." Tanya Hall, Hearts4Heart.

You can find out more, donate or get involved by visiting their website here

Broomy had somehow managed to get us tickets to Australia's Got Talent Auditions that evening and after hearing about Tanya's charity we were more than happy to wear some Hearts4hearts t-shirts to help raise awareness if we got on the telly!

And we had the added bonus of meeting Charlie when we picked them up. What a sweetie!

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Later on we headed out for some cheap dumplings in China Town before heading to Her Majesty's Theatre about 15 minutes before the doors opened. Not really knowing much about how it was going to work and that the tickets weren't seated we had a bit of a surprise when we came round the corner and saw 100s of people queuing outside. Were these people waiting to audition? Were they people without tickets hoping to get lucky? No it was just the queue for everyone.

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Somehow Broomy managed to work some magic with a security guy and we soon found ourselves waiting at the front entrance. A bit unsure whether this guy would come through for us and also getting a few evil looks from some teenage girls that probably had been queuing since 2pm we were relieved when we were ushered in when the doors opened. We were some of the first people in and found ourselves about 5 rows from the front almost inline with the judges seats!! Result!!

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This had been such a last minute thing we didn't even have a clue who the judges would be and as we sat taking in the bright lights of the set, I noticed that one of the names was Dawn.... Could it be Dawn French?? Another was Geri, were we going to be in the presence of a Spice Girl? The anticipation was building and we were all giggling with excitement about how random it was we were here.

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Before the show got started they had to get all the crowd shots. We prepared and got our best acting faces on as the host shouted out "Pllllaaacccceeess" in his most theatrical voice. As cameras swooped over the crowd we had to clap, cheer, boo, look shocked, do OMG faces, seated ovations and standing ovations.

Then it was time for the judges to strut their stuff to their seats. As the music started everyone was on their feet, clapping in time and having a bit of a boogie when the first judge was announced.....DAWN FRENCH! The crowd went wild and, we love Dawn! The Vicar of Dibley, what a legend! Then it was a guy called Timomatic and none of us had a clue who he was and looked blankly at each other but all the teenage girls were going crazy for him. We had to google him afterwards and turns out he had been on talent shows and is a singer/dancer, we re so out of touch with the kids! Then Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell came tottering down the aisle. She is tiny and no one can deny looking hot at 40 in a sparkly skin tight mini dress. As she sat on her chair and swivelled round to wave at her fans, she was blissfully unaware that we all had a clear view of her pants! Its not everyday you get flashed by a Spice Girl! The last judge was an Australian DJ called Kyle Sandiland, again Dan and I were a bit stumped having only been in the country for a week, with no idea who he was.

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It was time for the show to begin!

Now I don't want to ruin the show for anyone as it doesn't get aired until Aug/Sept time but I ll just say we saw quite a variety of 'talent' from dance acts and performing dogs to opera singers and magicians. One girl stunned us all not only with her incredible voice but by the fact she was only 12! We all thought she was at least 18!

Also a warning to all Brits you will be embarrassed by some of the things that are said by Geri, seriously at some moments it was painful. Thanks for Dawn for pulling it back together!

It was interesting to see how a show like this is put together. There is a lot of time in between acts for the stage to be reset and for Geri to have her hair and make up done. Literally a whole can of hairspray was used in between each act just for her. It was also during these gaps that the teenage girls sitting in front of us (the same ones that gave us evils outside) would try to get the attention of Timomatic, screaming out and blowing kisses, one managed to pass him a note. A bit embarrassing to watch! At one point Geri was dancing around on the platform when Dawn spotted that her dress was riding up and tried to pull it back down, only to have shouts from the crowd "don't worry Dawn we've already seen her pants!"

It was a long process and we were there for about 4 hours. Towards the end most of the people in the top of the theatre had left to go home, and people were moved around to fill empty seats. We held out to the end though.

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After the show the guys managed to get a photo with Ruben, who is one to watch I think, a singer/songwriter who will melt some hearts. Mums will love him!

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Given the luck we had had so far we decided why not see if we could meet anyone at the stage door.

Don't think they are that bothered about health and safety here!

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This is Julia Morris the presenter of the show

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We also got to see all the judges as they were whisked out by security into their cars.

It was such a funny and random night :)

Sxx

Just a note so we don't forget...Potato Girl!

Posted by doyledan 18:41 Archived in Australia

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