CALLEA JOINS ULTIMATE SCHOOL MUSICAL TEAMFORMER Australian Idol crooner Anthony Callea will return to the small screen, confirming that he has joined the cast of Foxtel’s Ultimate School Musical: Fame.
Callea, who was runner-up to Casey Donovan on Idol in 2004, is filming the series alongside Ruby Rose and others in Melbourne.
USM: Fame features school children attempting to put on a professional musical in just six weeks. Callea is the series’ voice coach.
“It’s a really positive show in giving these kids an amazing opportunity, one they wouldn’t otherwise have,” Callea said.
“It’s a bit of responsibility for me, being the vocal coach, and I enjoy that.”
Callea will soon tour with Whitney Houston and will release a new album mid-year. He said he was saddened by the alleged axing of Idol.
“It was just such a great platform. A & R guys aren’t out scouring for new talent in pubs and clubs these days, so it was just a massive leg-up.
“It also means I have to find a new show, as Idol used to mean friends over and a bottle of wine open at mine every Sunday.”
Fame is expected to launch in April on Fox8.

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