Trent Richardson | Australian Idol 2024

Trent Richardson -  Australian Idol Season 9 contestant in 2024
Trent Richardson.

Trent Richardson is an Australian camel farmer from Emu Park, Queensland.

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

Trent Richardson is 22 years old.


Name:Trent Richardson
Age:22 years old
Hometown:Emu Park, Queensland
Occupation:Camel farmer

Trent Richardson was raised on a camel farm and has never sung in public before.

Trent entered Australian Idol nursing a broken heart and uncertainty about stepping into the spotlight: “I’ve always sang, but I’ve had a lot of self-doubt and been told I’m no good, so to do it for myself and my dad is awesome.”

Trent’s dad, John, reveals: “He was a good kid. He’s a true-blue Aussie. He always had a bit of a kick, he’d be jumping around, he’d be singing. I think that’s what got him into his singing career.”

Trent might have been singing from a young age, but the stage is far from his comfort zone: “I’m not from the city. I’ve grown up on the camel farm.”


During the audition round, Trent Richardson performed “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts.

He revealed: “I picked the song because it means a lot. There’s been a bit of heartbreak.”

Judge Marcia Hines remarked, “You’ve got a lovely stage presence, it’s quiet but it is honest.”

Fellow judges Kyle Sandilands and Amy Shark agreed that Trent’s resilience and unique voice could see him winning plaudits on the Australian Idol stage.

Trent received a Yes from Marcia Hines, a No from Amy Shark, and a Yes from Kyle Sandilands. He was told to wait in the waiting room for a final decision on whether he’ll progress to the Top 30.

At the end of the day, the three judges agreed to give Trent Richardson 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”, Trent Richardson was in a group with Denvah Baker-Moller, Billy Menhennet, Tyler Hammill, and Jesse Lazaroo.

He sang “Castle on the Hill” by Ed Sheeran and the judges informed him that he did enough to advance to the second challenge of the Top 30 Week.

Part 2

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

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”, Trent performed “Stay” by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko and advanced to the Top 21.

Top 21

Trent Richardson performed “Heaven” by Bryan Adams and advanced to the Top 12 finalists.

Top 12

Trent performed “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon.

He received enough votes from the Australian public and advanced to the Top 10.

Top 10

Trent performed “3AM” by Matchbox Twenty.

He received enough votes from the viewers and advanced to the Top 8.

Top 8

Trent performed “She Looks So Perfect” by 5 Seconds of Summer.

She got enough votes from the viewers and advanced to the Top 6.

Top 6

Trent performed “Home” by Michael Bublé and dedicated it to his hometown, Emu Park.

Performances in Australian Idol

RoundSong ChoiceOriginal ArtistTheme (if any)Result
Auditions“Bless the Broken Road”Rascal FlattsGolden Ticket
Top 30 Part 1“Castle on the Hill”Ed SheeranChorus Line ChallengeAdvanced
Top 30 Part 2“One Call Away”Charlie PuthGroup ChallengeAdvanced
Top 30 Part 3“Stay”Rihanna featuring Mikky EkkoSolo ChallengeAdvanced
Top 21“Heaven”Bryan AdamsTransformation WeekAdvanced
Top 12“Shut Up and Dance”Walk the MoonParty AnthemsAdvanced
Top 10“3AM”Matchbox TwentyJudges Song ContestAdvanced
Top 8“She Looks So Perfect”5 Seconds of SummerPublic’s ChoiceAdvanced
Top 6“Home”Michael BubléHeroes and TributesEliminated

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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