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

By johnboy - 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:

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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
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steveski74 12:59 am
19 Apr 12
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“Thanks to Owen for providing comment.”

I was scratching my head trying to work out which comment was from Owen. Thanks Milkman for pointing it out, what a pisser :)

As he said I’m not Owen, I’ve seen him busking a number of times and chatted a bit as well. He’s admitted on FB that he went in with some attitude, but really, based on the way he performs I didn’t see anything in the show other than an effort to connect with the audience, which was taken the wrong way. He actually did show humility when it came down to it and in my mind still has his dignity. He just made a mistake in believing the judges would treat him like a human being. He only barked (and mildly) was he was bitten…he tried to interject to what Brian was saying to which B said “are you going to keep talking…”, although he had been sitting back listening. Brian actually was cut over nothing prior to the performance and then ignited it all because he’s a dope.

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dpm 7:30 am
19 Apr 12
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johnboy said :

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”.

Yeah, WTF was that comment about?!
Um, Danni, isn’t your show about find people in Aus with talent who haven’t ‘made it’ due to the fickle music (or other) industries?? What a clown!
I thought he answered that question really well (luckily!). It would have been so easy to come back with a smart arse comment there! Hahahaha!

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devils_advocate 9:16 am
19 Apr 12
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dpm said :

johnboy said :

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”.

Yeah, WTF was that comment about?!
Um, Danni, isn’t your show about find people in Aus with talent who haven’t ‘made it’ due to the fickle music (or other) industries?? What a clown!
I thought he answered that question really well (luckily!). It would have been so easy to come back with a smart arse comment there! Hahahaha!

Also it’s hard to mount a sustainable argument that Danni has, in any serious sense, “made it”. Really of any success she has had as an adult, much of it was attributable to having a famous sister. I think she was on YTT but it’s not as if her music was a huge success.

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johnboy 9:20 am
19 Apr 12
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I also wonder what her audience, almost entirely older and less talented than Owen, made of that particular bit of slagging.

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6matt9 9:44 am
19 Apr 12
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Thumper said :

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.

What!? I know he is a serious musician. HE CHOSE TO GO ON THE SHOW. What’s your point? Just because you wouldn’t go on there and deal with Kyle and the other judges doesn’t mean someone else isn’t prepared to put up with them.

Owen is a serious musician who decided he’d try his luck on a talent show. Did you even watch it? He’s getting another crack at it next episode. Your post makes no sense.

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phototext 10:26 am
19 Apr 12
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“Also it’s hard to mount a sustainable argument that Danni has, in any serious sense, “made it”. Really of any success she has had as an adult, much of it was attributable to having a famous sister. I think she was on YTT but it’s not as if her music was a huge success.”

LOL.

Danni has definitely made it, she may not be Gaga big but she has done pretty well for herself in England and Europe and not just as Kylie’s sister. In parts of Europe she is worshiped in the club scene and she is much bigger than Kylie on mainland Europe.

“but it’s not as if her music was a huge success”

The UK charts would say otherwise. You do realise that there is a world outside our borders?

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zorro29 11:39 am
19 Apr 12
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this is why people hate canberrans…what a d*ouche – and the performance wasn’t good either. so over those “boho” chic (although he’s more hobo than boho) backpacking types who think mainstream success and personal hygiene are beneath them.

at least gussy up for the TV a bit…

however if this is the most awkward audition on the show, it must be pretty dull!

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astrojax 12:03 pm
19 Apr 12
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i was going to inquire as to who the surly cow in the middle of the judging panel is – but nonetheless, i will still ask: who is this daniel minogue thing? indeed, who is carl sandilegs too? what has he ever done?

i am a little flummoxed at where the responses herein (and elsewhere) get ‘arrogance’ and ‘nasty’ in their assessment of this performance. and does no-one (especially among that elite judging panel) have anything like a semblence of a sense of humour? australia may well have talent, but i find it exceedingly unlikely that this pulp commercial teev will ever uncover it…

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johnboy 1:37 pm
19 Apr 12
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For those wanting to see what the fuss is about Owen is playing at The Phoenix tonight from 9pm.

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Gungahlin Al 1:58 pm
19 Apr 12
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I love Owen’s music. Bought a CD off him. And stop to listen whenever he’s around. Beautiful slide…
Yeah that was a bit of a brain fade. But it was nowhere as bad as it appeared when watching the careful splice job done for the Sunrise piece! That was a real hachet job – worthy of A Current Affair. :(

But anyone ready to sound off should realise how stressful it is to find yourself in front of a huge audience. And you can do or say dumb things under that kind of stress

Owen owned up and that’s a credit to him – just as it was for a certain other high profile apology recently. I’m glad he’s getting another go because they really see some outstanding music. But it will probably be even more stressful for him after all this. It’ll be a real test…

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Gerry-Built 2:11 pm
19 Apr 12
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johnboy said :

For those wanting to see what the fuss is about Owen is playing at The Phoenix tonight from 9pm.

…and I bet he gets a larger than ever audience…

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bloodnut 2:15 pm
19 Apr 12
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phototext said :

Danni has definitely made it

You do a very good job of pointing out that ‘making it’ is a relative perception subject to the experience of the beholder. For me in Australia, Danni is a bit of a washed up nothing, while for you her she has obviously ‘made it’.

It is funny though that Dani Minogue chose to point out on national TV that there is somehow a causal link between supremely talented and ‘making it’…

When in fact, for some – let’s use Van Gough as an example – ‘making it’ is simply a lifetime spent creating and contributing to your own arts development irregardless of profit.

The truth is that is no causal link between talent and popular opinion – Tony Abbott highlights this on a daily basis.

As you highlighted – for Danni Minogue, ‘making it’ is causally linked to slicing off what little artistic integrity you may have once possessed in order to profit from a demographic that consists solely of sunburnt chavs in Ibitha.

So when Danni asked Owen Campbell – ‘why do you think you’re so talented but you haven’t made it’, Owen should have said – ‘because it’d mean turning out like you’.

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phototext 2:19 pm
19 Apr 12
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“…and I bet he gets a larger than ever audience…”

as well as lots of free beer.

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phototext 2:34 pm
19 Apr 12
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@ #42

God forbid the peasants should enjoy entertainment that doesn’t fit your worthy ideals.

Having fun, how dare they!

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bloodnut 3:16 pm
19 Apr 12
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phototext said :

@ #42

God forbid the peasants should enjoy entertainment that doesn’t fit your worthy ideals.

Having fun, how dare they!

Actually it’s more like smoking. To each their own – but the decent thing to do is educate people that it’s sh*t created by a corporation to steal your money. But enjoy.

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