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Spotify reveals the most-streamed Australian Idol star globally

The answer may surprise you...

Australian Idol was peak reality TV in the '00s and spawned the successful careers of the likes of Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy, Shannon Noll, Ricki-Lee Coulter, Anthony Callea and many more.

Now Spotify has released data collected from 2008 to the present day and revealed the most-streamed artist from the series, and it's not who you may have originally thought.

Season 5 runner-up Matt Corby is the most popular Australian Idol alumni globally, taking out the crown as the most-streamed artist internationally.

And to think Spotify doesn't even have his 2007 version of 'The Blower's Daughter' on it...

Matt Corby performing in 2023
Matt Corby has taken out the most-streamed artist from Australian Idol. Photo: Getty

Amassing a huge 576 million streams thanks to his hit singles like 'Brother', 'Resolution', and 'Miracle Love' the singer beat out Guy Sebastian who came in as the second-most streamed artist from the series.

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Guy has a hefty 530 million streams worldwide behind him, while Jessica Mauboy came in at third, followed by 2009's winner Stan Walker.

When it comes to Australian-specific listening however, Guy Sebastian nabbed the top spot as the most-listened-to artist locally with 275 million streams, with his song 'Choir' the most-streamed song in Australia from any Idol star.

Shannon Noll and Guy Sebastian in 2003
Australian Idol's first season saw Guy Sebastian and Shannon Noll compete for the crown. Photo: Getty

Spotify Australia's head of music, Alicia Sbrugnera, said despite how many years it's been since the original Australian Idol, the hits from the stars that came from the '00s series continue to gain popularity.

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Australian Idol has grown to become a cultural phenomenon that has, and continues, to shape our nation’s pop and music Zeitgeist,” Alicia said.

“With early seasons gifting the nation with unforgettable moments from Nollsy allegedly being robbed of first place to the first ever double touchdown, it’s evident that Australia’s beloved Idol stars are still a regular part of the nation and the world’s music listening habits.”

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