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SM: What was the Australian Idol experience like?

GS: The thing with the first one, it was a huge show over here. I guess because it was the first one, people were really caught up in it, and it was such a fresh show.

Because it was so quick, there's no adjustment. You just go from sort of normal life—nobody knowing your name and what you look like—to it being a matter of two months or something and there are people making posters and holding your name up and camping outside your house and really crazy stuff. It was full-on, but I loved it.

It's been my dream always to sing. I went to Uni [university] and studied a different course because. growing up, there's always [someone saying], "Make sure you get a back up because the music industry is really volatile, and you probably won't make it." I was so depressed doing Uni.

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