Australian Idol finalist Stan Walker surrounded by his fans at Byron Bay High School. Stan says his musical influences include Israel Haughton and Beyonce. He says he’s ‘excited but also laid back’ about the Idol experience.
Australian Idol finalist Stan Walker surrounded by his fans at Byron Bay High School. Stan says his musical influences include Israel Haughton and Beyonce. He says he’s ‘excited but also laid back’ about the Idol experience.

Bay’s own Idol returns home

With his trademark glasses, tight jeans and a sporting a tattoo on his neck, 18-year-old Australian Idol contestant Stan ‘the man’ Walker looked every bit the budding rock star when he made a surprise visit to his former school at Byron Bay last Friday.

With hundreds of screaming teenage girls (and boys) from Byron Bay High School clamouring for Stan’s autograph and with dozens of banners proclaiming ‘Stan’s the man’ and ‘Stan # 1’, the Idol finalist thrilled students and teachers when he gave an impromptu performance with his brother Michael on guitar.

Stan’s father Ross and mum April were in the audience proud that their son has made it in to the top 12 in the popular Channel 10 show.

Stan spent a couple of years at Byron High before moving to the Gold Coast in 2007 with his family where he did a bible course with the Tweed Valley Community Church.

“I’ve still got lots of friends in Byron Bay,” Stan said. “Coming back here today has been great.”

Singing has always been a part of Stan’s life along with his proud Maori heritage

“The tattoo on my neck says ‘Ataahua’ which means beautiful in Maori,” Stan said.

He said he entered Idol because ‘it was time’.

“It’s a tough competition, I’m excited,” Stan said.

“No matter what happens with Idol I will continue singing and my involvement with the church.”

Sudent Sean Watson said he was a big fan of Stan’s

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