Jessica Mauboy, who rose to fame on the fourth season of Australian Idol in 2006, has shared her excitement about returning to the show’s stage. 

Mauboy will be performing her new single, Right Here, Right Now for Sunday’s grand finale.

Speaking of her long-awaited return, the singer said: “Australian Idol holds a special place in my heart, as it marked the beginning of my musical journey.”

She added: “It’s truly surreal to be returning to the Idol stage years later. I am thrilled to have this opportunity to perform my new single Right Here, Right Now, and share it with the passionate Idol audience.”

Australian Idol Judge and American singer Harry Connick Jr will also give a live performance at the finale.

“After watching all these talented young singers on Australian Idol, I am beyond excited to perform for them and the Australian audience! I absolutely love judging, but playing and singing is where my heart is. Can’t wait,” Connick Jr said.

Australian Idol ran for seven seasons from 2003 – 2009 with Ian Dickson, Marcia Hines and Mark Holden as judges and Osher Günsberg and James Mathison as hosts. It was revived in January with the new hosts, and with Kyle Sandilands, Meghan Trainor, Amy Shark, and Harry Connick Jr as judges and Ricki Lee Coulter and Scott Tweedie as hosts.

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Australian Idol launched the careers of some of the brightest names in Australian music, like Guy Sebastian Casey Donovan, Stan Walker, Shannon Noll and, of course, Jessica Mauboy.

Sunday night’s episode saw Amali, Anya, Josh, Royston, Phoebe and Ben take the stage to compete for one of three spots in the grand finals. Viewers voted for their favourites, then, in last nights episode, it was revealed that Royston, Ben and Amali would be heading to the grand final.

Australian Idol airs on Sunday and Monday at 7:30 on Channel 7 and 7Plus.

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