A HEARTFELT performance of a song dedicated to her dead mother has propelled Lowood resident Kate Cook into Australian Idol's Top 100 for 2009, and won her many admirers in the process.

Internet message boards were abuzz with fans of the 26-year-old yesterday after the Harley-riding former abattoir worker appeared on Sunday's audition show.

Armed with her acoustic guitar and amazing voice, Ms Cook wowed judges - including the acid-tongued Kyle Sandilands - with her poignant song about her mother, who committed suicide in 2000.

“When I first turned up to audition I thought I had no chance, there were that many people about,” Ms Cook said.

“Being Mother's Day weekend when I went up for auditions, I thought it was appropriate.

“It was hard, but it came from the heart and I thought it would show the judges what I'm about.

“When I lost my mum I went mustering up north, and that's when I wrote the song - I usually keep my emotions all inside, but writing songs helps me get it out in the open.

“I'm just very grateful I'm through to the final 100.”

Although the audition seen on Australian Idol on Sunday night was held in May, Ms Cook said she was still waiting to see if she would survive the next cull.

Ms Cook said she would be working hard to make sure she is fully prepared before facing the Idol judges again.

“I don't think I have the strongest voice in the competition,” she said.

“With some help from the vocal coach and lots of practice, I think I will do well.”

The talented guitarist and harmonica player said country music was her main inspiration, with Troy Cassar-Daley her number one idol.

No matter how well she fares in the competition, she said her days working at the Greenmountain Food Processing meatworks in Coominya were over for good as she pursues a career in music.

Even though Lowood was subject to a cheeky jibe when her audition aired - dubbed “Slowood”- Ms Cook said she was missing her home after being in Sydney for the show.

“I'm certainly missing the country life, it's very different in the city here,” she said.

“I miss being home for sure.”


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