Ripley Welsh | Australian Idol 2024

Ripley Welsh - Australian Idol Season 9 contestant in 2024
Ripley Welsh.

Ripley Alexander Welsh is an Australian singer and guitarist from Brisbane, Queensland.

He was a contestant in Season 9 of Australian Idol in 2024.

Ripley is 19 years old and ready to take his career to the next level.

He is influenced by musicians like George Michael, Harry Styles, and John Mayer.


Name:Ripley Welsh
Age:19 years old
Hometown:Brisbane, Queensland


During the auditions, Ripley Welsh performed his own rendition of “Mamma Mia” by ABBA.

He received three ‘Yeses’ from judges Amy Shark, Marcia Hines, and Kyle Sandilands.

At the end of the audition day, the judges gave Ripley Welsh a Golden Ticket to the Top 30.

Top 30

During the Top 30 week, there were three performance challenges namely; “Chorus Line Challenge”, “Group Challenge”, and “Solo Challenge”.

Part 1

For the “Chorus Line Challenge”, Ripley was in a group with Eli Parr, Jackson Smith, Gab Hester, and Chenai Boucher.

He sang “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons and the judges told him that he did enough to advance to the second challenge of the Top 30 Week.

Part 2

For the “Group Challenge”, Ripley was in a group with Saoirse Harding and Trent Richardson.

He sang “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth and advanced to the third and final challenge of the Top 30 Week.

Part 3

For the “Solo Challenge”, Ripley performed “Heart of Glass” by Blondie and advanced to the Top 21.

Top 21

Ripley performed “Back for Good” by Take That and advanced to the Top 12 finalists.

Top 12

Ripley performed “Uptown Girl” by Billy Joel.

When the voting results were announced on Tuesday 27 February 2024, Ripley was in the Bottom 2 with Ivana Ilic.

And since he had fewer votes than Ivana, Ripley was eliminated from the competition, thereby missing the opportunity to join the Top 10.

Performances in Australian Idol

RoundSong ChoiceOriginal ArtistTheme (if any)Result
Auditions“Mamma Mia”ABBAGolden Ticket
Top 30 Part 1“Radioactive”Imagine DragonsChorus Line ChallengeAdvanced
Top 30 Part 2“One Call Away”Charlie PuthGroup ChallengeAdvanced
Top 30 Part 3“Heart of Glass”BlondieSolo ChallengeAdvanced
Top 21“Back for Good”Take ThatTransformation WeekAdvanced
Top 12“Uptown Girl”Billy JoelParty AnthemsEliminated (Bottom 2)

Top 30 Contestants

Dylan Wright . Ivana Ilic . Ripley Welsh . Billy Menhennet . Amy Reeves . Natasha Rose . Tyler Hammill . Cynthia Negash . Trent Richardson . Drea Onamade . Jake Carlson . Saoirse Harding . Jonathan Wells . Isaac McCallum . Jet Cameron . Bethany Byrne . Kym Miaco . Jesse Lazaroo . Denvah Baker-Moller . Gab Hester . Jackson Smith . Jess Chalmers . Prayer Corby . Kiani Smith . Kobe White . Olivia Britton . Eli Parr . TJ Zimba . Imogen Spendlove . Chenai Boucher


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4 Responses

  1. Bernadette Awad says:

    For Ripley to be dumped by the so called ” voters” is an absolute joke. This sort of voting MUST STOP NOW. It’s positively insane for a talent like Ripley, to be voted out by a bunch of 14yr olds. Let the Judges do the deciding. They are the experts in the field. It’s an absolute joke. You have TJ who can’t sing a note, go through. You have Isaac who can’t remember the words, go through & a few more. What’s the point of anyone with real talent , even bothering to enter. Makes me sick. I really hope the Judges do something for Ripley after the show is finished. All three were huge fans of this young man.

  2. Ron Birksmith says:

    How can you not be absolutely impressed with the talent of Ripley? He is not only unique ……he is essential!

  3. Jet says:

    Go Ripley!….

  4. Maureen Gough says:

    I have listened to Ripley Alexander several times now, and I think he is a star, is voice has a wonderful inflection in some of his notes. It is like listening to the crooners of the past. Good luck Ripley you are certainly getting my vote.

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