Locked down in Melbourne, former Australian Idol judge Mark Holden is reliving his “touchdown” glory days through a new podcast recorded with his much-loved daughter Katie.
The dynamic duo may be oceans apart – with Katie, 25, living and working in LA – but co-creating The Idol Archives has helped take their minds offthe distance created by the COVID-19 pandemic and instead, kept them close together.
“We talk most days anyway,” says ’70s pop sensation Mark, now a late-blooming barrister at 66. “This just gives us something fun to chat about other than, ‘What are you eating tonight?’ We do talk about nothing a lot, so this has been a really joyful change.”
In the first series of the podcast, the father-daughter double act catch up with 10 Idol alumni to relive their talent quest journey and reveal some behind-the scenes secrets. On air for seven years from 2003 to 2009, the top-rating show launched the careers of Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Anthony Callea, Ricki-Lee Coulter, Casey Donovan and Shannon Noll – to name just a few.
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October 19, 2020