Canberra’s Owen Campbell spontaneously combusts on Australia’s Got Talent

By 18 April, 2012 79

“The guy’s an arse, but what a talented arse”

Sunrise brings us a brutal character examination of Canberra’s Owen Campbell including Brian McFadden’s protracted thoughts about our man after his Australia’s Got Talent Audition.

Here at RiotACT we thought he was lovely when we interviewed him in 2007.

Here’s some video of him performing:

owen campbell


UPDATE 18/04/12 17:34: Owen’s had this to say about this article:

One person who commented was right, I was a complete d***head… But I think in hindsight, my arrogance was but a symptom of how nervous I was, putting myself on this sort of program has never appealed to me, but, we shall see what happens… I appreciate your honesty who ever wrote that though…

He’s also written about this on his website.


UPDATE 18/04/12: 11:48: And here’s Owen’s 6:53 of fame, although we hear he way be getting back into the show post fireworks:


UPDATE: 19/04/12 09:11: And our congratulations to Owen our one man traffic spike:

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79 Responses to Canberra’s Owen Campbell spontaneously combusts on Australia’s Got Talent
#1
Lookout Smithers3:36 pm, 18 Apr 12

Interesting that mcfadden came to say how great he was the day after. More to come I would say.

#2
Holden Caulfield3:39 pm, 18 Apr 12

They’re talking about having a good attitude and Kyle Sandilands is on the judging panel.

I’m obviously missing something.

#3
Mysteryman3:49 pm, 18 Apr 12

I think Owen got off light. He was definitely being a tool.

#4
Thumper3:59 pm, 18 Apr 12

I like his music and have shared the same stage with him on a couple of occasions, but seriously, after watching the replay, he was acting like a complete cock.

Then again, as a vehicle to raise publicity, he’s done exceptionally well :)

And, to think about it a bit more, really, what’s wrong with showing contempt for such a contemptible program and hosts?

Maybe he’s been watching too much DIG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhWlukvCFEY

#5
adamthebastard4:09 pm, 18 Apr 12

He get’s all the publicity and none of the weighted lock in contracts from ‘winning’ that show.

U MAD BRO?

#6
chewy144:09 pm, 18 Apr 12

Lookout Smithers said :

Interesting that mcfadden came to say how great he was the day after. More to come I would say.

Yep, that’s what I thought too.

#7
VYBerlinaV8_is_back4:14 pm, 18 Apr 12

It’s commercial TV. Entrant beware.

#8
New Yeah4:50 pm, 18 Apr 12

McFadden – “he could have won the show”

Fo sho, a blues slide guitarist is going to win Australia’s Got Talent. *cue valley girl accent* “As if”.

Good on Owen for saying what everyone with any semblance of musical integrity thinks. Not sure what the nannas in the audience thought.

#9
6matt95:01 pm, 18 Apr 12

I often stop and listen to him when he’s busking in Civic. Very talented indeed. Regardless of what you think of those judges he could have given them a bit more respect. It’s not hard. He certainly shot himself in the foot as far as that show is concerned but I think it’s fair to say he will gain exposure beyond that. Who knows where it could have taken him though…I wonder if a part of him regrets being so arrogant?

#10
steveski745:30 pm, 18 Apr 12

He’s actually a very nice guy and I think what happened is a misunderstanding by the judges which was blown out of proportion. Owen’s a nice bloke who likes to engage his audience, whether he’s busking or whatever. He clearly enters with an attitude towards Kyle but didn’t really take it very far. His comment in my mind about the judges not being there wasn’t a slur at them, but more his way of making a connection directly with the audience. He wasn’t phased by them as judges and felt nervous about the fact he was being judged, so was getting into more of a performance mode. The problem is the judges got all sensitive and took it for what it WASN’T and made a fuss about it.

He did get his back up and make some confrontational comments but it’s not at all representative of who he really is. Mel on Sunrise made the comment along the lines at “destroy his shot at success” but it’s all just media hype around it. At the end of last night’s episode I thought it all stemmed around Kyle having a bash, but on the Sunrise article it was mostly about Brian. The editing changes the whole event so you can’t take it all too seriously.

I guess we’ll find out for sure in a couple of hours but if you read Owen’s Facebook comments from Sunday and today, it seems he’s on the show on Monday as well, so again…all we’ve seen is the media making the most of an incident and spoon feeding us bits at a time to fuel conversation without really telling us the what actually happened.

#11
trevar5:39 pm, 18 Apr 12

I wish my arrogance was just a symptom of something…

#12
johnboy5:56 pm, 18 Apr 12

Thanks to Owen for providing comment.

#13
6matt96:25 pm, 18 Apr 12

New Yeah said :

McFadden – “he could have won the show”

Fo sho, a blues slide guitarist is going to win Australia’s Got Talent. *cue valley girl accent* “As if”.

Good on Owen for saying what everyone with any semblance of musical integrity thinks. Not sure what the nannas in the audience thought.

I don’t agree with your last comment. Why bother going on the show in the first place if your plan is to be rude to the judges? I’m a musician…played in local bands since I was 15…I believe I have musical integrity but I certainly wouldn’t have behaved like that. Defeats the purpose doesn’t it?

#14
FioBla6:28 pm, 18 Apr 12

Just watched the Flash video above. Not sure what he did wrong.

Every time I watch commercial TV, it’s worse than I remember. Maybe Australian commercial TV is worse: I sat through the Craig Ferguson/Guy Pearce thing, but could not complete this morning show discussion.

Haven’t heard of Owen Campbell before this.

#15
Dilandach6:31 pm, 18 Apr 12

Speaking about oneself in the third person a symptom of something?

#16
Thumper7:01 pm, 18 Apr 12

Damn, I missed saying that, f*ck, this guy can play, I mean, really play….

Not quite Daniel Champagne play, but still way up there. Way beyond plonkers like me :)

#17
HenryBG7:02 pm, 18 Apr 12

6matt9 said :

New Yeah said :

McFadden – “he could have won the show”

Fo sho, a blues slide guitarist is going to win Australia’s Got Talent. *cue valley girl accent* “As if”.

Good on Owen for saying what everyone with any semblance of musical integrity thinks. Not sure what the nannas in the audience thought.

I don’t agree with your last comment. Why bother going on the show in the first place if your plan is to be rude to the judges? I’m a musician…played in local bands since I was 15…I believe I have musical integrity but I certainly wouldn’t have behaved like that. Defeats the purpose doesn’t it?

Well, I *do* agree with that comment – the judges are allowed to be total cocks, and the entrants on these talentless quests are expected to kow-tow to them? #@%$ ‘em.
Good on Owen.
“My aim isn’t to be in a boy band, chief”.
10/10.

These sorts of TV shows are complete rubbish, why would somebody like Owen be on it in the first place, that’s the mystery?

#18
kakosi7:16 pm, 18 Apr 12

Only the very famous can “get away” with being rude and aggressive to other people and still get opportunities thrown their way. That display of anger is not normal and shouldn’t be applauded regardless of who it was aimed at.

#19
bloodnut7:27 pm, 18 Apr 12

Well from watching that it would appear the judges were slighted by him not pandering to their egos…

Three professional entertainers (note – not musicians) with over inflated sense of importance.

Owen works harder on his music in a day than they have over the last five years of their careers.

and what a zinger – my aim is not to be in a boy band.

And lets face it – the shows producers want Owen back forever.

So proud right now.

GO OWEN!

#20
dpm7:33 pm, 18 Apr 12

My guess is the whole Sunrise thing is an effort to whip up some interest and ratings for AGT, as it’s apparently being spanked by that other talnet show on another network….
Owen was probably just in the wrong place at the wrong time, so the incident got amplified and used as fodder for viewers. I reckon it will be dragged out till the end of the episode to keep people watching.
Anyway, while I don’t enjoy Kyle, kudos to him for voting for Owen, since he was using the same arrogance style that has got Kyle so far in the industry! If he had of bagged him heaps for acting like that he would have been a hypocrite!

#21
6matt97:35 pm, 18 Apr 12

johnboy said :

Thanks to Owen for providing comment.

Didn’t see that before I posted…He answered my question!

#22
G.R.R8:33 pm, 18 Apr 12

Like a white Kanye, but atleast he waited until he was a bigshot before he burnt bridges.

#23
milkman8:34 pm, 18 Apr 12

Dilandach said :

Speaking about oneself in the third person a symptom of something?

Steveski74 is not Owen. I know this because I know who steveski74 actually is!

#24
toriness9:01 pm, 18 Apr 12

ugh this reminds me why i don’t watch sunrise anymore. so, the show shouldn’t be called ‘australia’s got talent’ but ‘australia’s got people who suck up real good to judges’?

#25
6matt99:28 pm, 18 Apr 12

HenryBG said :

6matt9 said :

New Yeah said :

McFadden – “he could have won the show”

Fo sho, a blues slide guitarist is going to win Australia’s Got Talent. *cue valley girl accent* “As if”.

Good on Owen for saying what everyone with any semblance of musical integrity thinks. Not sure what the nannas in the audience thought.

I don’t agree with your last comment. Why bother going on the show in the first place if your plan is to be rude to the judges? I’m a musician…played in local bands since I was 15…I believe I have musical integrity but I certainly wouldn’t have behaved like that. Defeats the purpose doesn’t it?

Well, I *do* agree with that comment – the judges are allowed to be total cocks, and the entrants on these talentless quests are expected to kow-tow to them? #@%$ ‘em.
Good on Owen.
“My aim isn’t to be in a boy band, chief”.
10/10.

These sorts of TV shows are complete rubbish, why would somebody like Owen be on it in the first place, that’s the mystery?

Most reality TV is rubbish but that’s hardly the point. He chose to go on there as a serious musician. I doubt the judges expect anything other than respect. Wouldn’t you be the same? Don’t you respond better if someone is respectful? I watched the episode tonight out of curiosity and there were a lot of talented people on it. Not only that, it looks like Owen is getting another shot at it next week. He clearly doesn’t think it’s rubbish.

#26
Diggety10:01 pm, 18 Apr 12

Judging by Owen’s comments since, it seems he is likely to concentrate on his music from now on.

Which is a good thing, IMO.

#27
Diggety10:18 pm, 18 Apr 12

Thumper said :

Maybe he’s been watching too much DIG

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhWlukvCFEY

I actually thought he over-watched episide 2 of Black Mirror.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlEWhRMUs_8

#28
Lazy I10:24 pm, 18 Apr 12

I thought that McFaddens attitude after Owen made the initial mistake (likely due to nerves) was uncalled for and inflammatory, just the attitude McFadden expressed when he said it.. and then followed it up with the ‘you better’… wtf is with that?

Without those comments it wouldn’t have deteriorated as badly as it did.

#29
Thumper11:03 pm, 18 Apr 12

6matt9 said :

HenryBG said :

6matt9 said :

New Yeah said :

McFadden – “he could have won the show”

Fo sho, a blues slide guitarist is going to win Australia’s Got Talent. *cue valley girl accent* “As if”.

Good on Owen for saying what everyone with any semblance of musical integrity thinks. Not sure what the nannas in the audience thought.

I don’t agree with your last comment. Why bother going on the show in the first place if your plan is to be rude to the judges? I’m a musician…played in local bands since I was 15…I believe I have musical integrity but I certainly wouldn’t have behaved like that. Defeats the purpose doesn’t it?

Well, I *do* agree with that comment – the judges are allowed to be total cocks, and the entrants on these talentless quests are expected to kow-tow to them? #@%$ ‘em.
Good on Owen.
“My aim isn’t to be in a boy band, chief”.
10/10.

These sorts of TV shows are complete rubbish, why would somebody like Owen be on it in the first place, that’s the mystery?

Most reality TV is rubbish but that’s hardly the point. He chose to go on there as a serious musician. I doubt the judges expect anything other than respect. Wouldn’t you be the same? Don’t you respond better if someone is respectful? I watched the episode tonight out of curiosity and there were a lot of talented people on it. Not only that, it looks like Owen is getting another shot at it next week. He clearly doesn’t think it’s rubbish.

You don’t get the point man. He is a serious musician.

I’ve played for a long time. I’m not the best singer, I’m not the best guitarist, I’m not the best bassist or piano player, but I can write songs and I’m not bad at all of the previous. I guess over the years I’ve played a couple of thousand gigs, I guess….

And yet, I wouldn’t go on a program like that because I’d be seriously bagged out…

Bagged out by fucking Danni Minogue and Kyle Sandilands?

Therein lies my point.

And probably Owen’s.

#30
johnboy12:05 am, 19 Apr 12

Hard to think of a higher honour for a human being than to be rejected by Danni Minogue for being 28 and “not making it”.

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