Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Australia's Got Talent 2011 - Chooka Parker

Semi Finals


INSTANT television sensation Chooka Parker is coming to terms with his newly-found fame.

The 17-year-old self-taught musician from Red Lion, near Maryborough, wowed the nation with his performance on television talent competition Australia's Got Talent last night.

"It was funny to see me up there with all of them," Chooka said.

"I kind of knew it was coming but I did not expect it would be like bang, and everyone knew who I was," he said.

"I haven't been up the street yet but beforehand, everyone would see me and say 'I've seen you on the TV' or 'are you that guy?’."

Chooka was the first performer to showcase his talent on the Channel Seven program last night, having featured in ads for the show leading up to last night's series opener.

His performance almost reduced judge Dannii Minogue to tears, attracting a standing ovation from the crowd.

Chooka's journey to national television has been a unique ride.

Chooka, with one of his farmyard friends.

Chooka, with one of his farmyard friends. Photo: Peter Weaving for the Bendigo Advertiser
He grew up in a family without a television, internet or CD player.

His mother, Kerry, homeschooled him and older brother, Adam.

Chooka received a CD of classical performer Wolfgang Mozart but had to wait two years before his family purchased a CD player so he could listen to it.

The sounds changed his life, with the naturally talented musical youth teaching himself to play the piano and read music.

Chooka entered the television competition, which he had never heard of until late last year, after friends at shearing school heard him play his Casio keyboard.

He only performs original music that he makes up spontaneously, never repeating a previous performance.

Fans of the program took to their Twitter and Facebook accounts to heap praise upon the teen after watching his performance.

The Parker family borrowed a television to watch their son and brother showcase his talent.

Chooka said the family switched off the television after watching their first ever Australia's Got Talent episode and returned to their normal nightly activity, listening to him play.

"We stopped watching after that," he said.

"It was quite enjoyable watching all the performances.

"I think the best thing about Australia's Got Talent is meeting all these new people who can do all these different things.

"It was quite amazing, very, very impressive."


  1. Beautiful story ! I wish you Chooka all the beast. I can't stop watching you on YouTube.
    You not only super talented but also hot.
    Eva from Canada

  2. Just wanted to let you know that Chooka Parker has a debut CD out, called 'No Worries!' available on iTunes or hard cover CD available on eBay or on Chookas BRAND NEW website You can also say hi to Chooka on his fb page - careful there are a lot of fake Chooka pages on fb. Heres a link to one of the recent tracks from the CD performed live! ENJOY!! :)

  3. Thanks for posting this Samuel. Here is the link to my YT channel and twitter is @ChookaJParker
    I am still playing and producing music :) Chooka


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