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Submitted by djwright on Thu, 2005-08-11 01:19
    Casey Donovan says she wouldn't have made it through the first round of Australian Idol auditions this year with new judge Kyle Sandilands on the show.

    "The new Idol is good but I just don't know what is going on with picking all of the hot chicky babes," Donovan said.

    Sandilands replaced Ian "Dicko" Dickson on this year's judging panel, joined by regulars Marcia Hines and Mark Holden.

    After just four episodes of the third series of Australian Idol, Sandilands - a breakfast radio presenter - has been criticised for choosing people simply because of their looks.

    Donovan began her Idol journey listing the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain as her musical idol and auditioned wearing baggy skater clothes with her head bowed.

    Naturally shy, she admits not fitting the mould of the perky, waif-like, blonde pop princess.

    "He would have booted me out the door," Donovan said when asked how Sandilands would have responded to her audition.

    "He probably would have said to me, 'who are you?' I would have been paid out, not very good."

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