Guy Sebastian is grateful to Idol for his break in the industry but believes you have to keep pushing yourself.
Guy Sebastian is grateful to Idol for his break in the industry but believes you have to keep pushing yourself. Contributed

Idol gave Guy a foot in door

FROM Australian Idol winner to X-Factor judge, Guy Sebastian has done it all.

Although Guy joked it had been “a long and winding journey” since taking out the first Australian Idol title in 2003, he looks back on that time fondly.

“I don't have any regrets,” he said.

“I have had so many amazing experiences and hopefully I will continue to for years to come.”

Guy said he had gone into the competition not knowing what to expect but hoped the experience would give him a foot in the door.

“The competition only gets you so far,” he said.

“It is up to the contestants to drive their own career. Only the strong will survive.”

This is Guy's philosophy for his role as a mentor and judge on reality television show X-Factor.

He said he looked forward to seeing all the talent they would discover in the new season.

The singer-songwriter said he enjoyed doing the show because it gave him stability.

“As an artist, it is hard to predict where life will go, or what you are doing day to day,” he said.

He chose to remain tight-lipped about what viewers should expect from this year's show.

Dates for the start of this season are still under wraps but the show is in the audition stage.

Late last year, Guy released his album Twenty Ten which is a composite of his best songs and some new material.

Over the past 10 years, Guy has released five top-five albums.

Twenty Ten is a retrospective of his incredible musical career during this period.

It features some of his greatest songs, including Angels Brought Me Here, which is the highest- selling single of the decade, and his number-one smash hit, Like It Like That.

Also on the release is Elevator Love and two new tracks.

When Guy isn't touring, judging or mentoring, he is writing.

He said that was his outlet and his “calm”.

“I am always writing, whether it is for myself or others,” he said.

“It is very therapeutic.

“I always have a few songs up my sleeve.”

Guy puts his success in the music industry down to always setting new goals.

“I think it is important to make plans, otherwise life gets boring and stale,” he said.

“It keeps you pushing yourself.”



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