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    [24-11-09] STAN WALKER TALKS ABOUT HIS PLANS after winning Australian Idol - AAP

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    [24-11-09] STAN WALKER TALKS ABOUT HIS PLANS after winning Australian Idol - AAP

    Post by Simona on Wed Nov 25, 2009 11:31 am

    STAN Walker is ready to take the music industry by storm, just a day after winning Australian Idol.

    The 19-year-old soul singer was in shock on Monday at being crowned the seventh winner of the competition, beating rock chick Hayley Warner at the grand final on Sunday.

    Almost 1.5 million Australians tuned in to finale, with the audience peaking at 1.7 million, a strong result after struggling to reach a million viewers during the season.

    While numbers were far from the three million viewers the show garnered in 2003 and 2004, the results are a win for Ten, with a spokesperson confirming Australian Idol will return in 2010.

    Walker says he can't wait to get down to business.

    "I'm ready to make music, and I'm ready to start my career and just give it everything I've got," Walker said.

    "This is my passion. I really want to do this."

    Walker's single Black Box received its first radio play today, while tomorrow he's hitting the studio to film the video clip.

    On December 11, his album will be released, made up of songs he performed on Australian Idol, such as Prince's Purple Rain, and Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah.

    It'll also include a duet with the original Australian Idol Guy Sebastian.

    Walker says he'd also like to collaborate with former Idol contestants such as Jessica Mauboy Jessica Mauboy and Ricki-Lee Coulter.

    "Ricki-Lee - she's the man, I'll make it happen," Walker said.

    Walker said he never expected to win the competition, but now that he has he has no plans to go back to his life as a shop assistant in Coolangatta, in Queensland.

    Born in Melbourne and raised in New Zealand, Walker had a troubled life surrounded by drugs and violence, and credits Christianity with helping him sort himself out.

    So what if his music career doesn't work out?

    "Maybe I might be a plus size supermodel or something," Walker laughed.

    While music is his number one, Walker says he's got other projects in mind further down the track, but doesn't want to give too much away.

    "I'm looking for other things in the future, not the near future but the future. We'll see when we get to it."

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