Stan Walker beats Hayley Warner for Australian Idol crown

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An emotional Walker thanked his family and supporters for helping him on his journey, before performing his new single Black Box with a backdrop of fireworks across Sydney Harbour. The program also lost host James Mathison. Walker said he felt blessed to have pipped Sydney rock chick Hayley Warner to the title.

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Idol has struggled with falling ratings this year, prompting concern about its future. Last year's Idol winner Wes Carr and singer Mika also performed. His crowning was met by fireworks and screams from the strong crowd, but Walker's Maori family chose a traditional, passionate way to pay tribute to their golden boy. Although Sony talent boss Ross Fraser is confident Warner and Walker have the potential to capitalise on their Idol profiles, their success depends on their debut singles being huge hits. The two finalists sang with Canadian star Michael Buble, performing his hit song Feeling Good as fans watched on in the sweltering heat.

Their sheer numbers would have got him over the line against Sydney runner-up Hayley Warner, with of Walker's relatives flying in to support his final run at this year's Idol title. Australian Music Retailers Association chairman Geoff Bonouvrie says Idol alumni who write their own songs will fare better than those who rely on covers.

There were several changes as Springbett replaced judge Kyle Sandilands after he was fired for a radio show scandal. There were a number of changes this year as Springbett replaced judge Kyle Sandilands after he was fired for a scandal on his radio show, and the program also lost host James Mathison. Hear Stan Walker's new song, Black Box. Idol alumni whose first singles had short chart lives, including Casey Donovan and Rob Mills, have lost the fans they won on the show. His single Black Box will be released soon.

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