Oh, what a night!

Eighteen contestants performed for a sell-out crowd at this year's Jindy Idol, held Sunday September 15 at the Jindabyne Memorial Hall. In what's become an end-of-winter tradition, the Tim Draxl Performing Arts Fund and their small group of volunteers transformed the Jindabyne Memorial Hall into a wonderland, complete with streamers, balloons, and bouquets of wattle.

All these decorations set the scene for a night of amazing performances that started with the competition's first ever rock band, "The Heretics," and their original tune Watch Out, and closed with the dulcet tones of Celia Dalby, who performed Riptide by Vance Joy.

The night included sensational instrumental pieces from Kodi Trevallion (drums), Tim Cooke (guitar), Annaka Dykstra (guitar), and show stoppers Matthew and Caitlyn Venture (flute with piano accompaniment) who took home the prize for People's Choice. It was a tough night for the judges (Jack Yabsley, Lauren Wiley, and Tim Draxl) given the scale of talent.

In the end, two performers were crowned 2013's Jindy Idol: Madi Davis and James Richards.

The pair worked as a flawless and gifted team, with Davis supporting Richards on Under the Same Sun in Act 1, and Richard returning the favor as Davis performed Eminem's Lose Yourself after intermission.

This spectacular event attracted more than 200 guests and was supported by more that a dozen volunteers.

All proceeds go to the Tim Draxl Performing Arts Fund, presently focused on bringing high-quality performing arts workshops to the Snowy River Shire.

Jindy Idol is a fundraising event and would not be possible without the support of sponsors, including major sponsors Perisher and Bendigo Bank.

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