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Casey James

Mum Debra encouraged Casey's love of music. Even before he was born, she says, "I was sitting in a rocking chair, singing to him and patting my stomach."

At age three, Casey was trying to play her piano by matching the pitch of the vacuum cleaner.

Once he started playing professionally though, Casey was the one inspiring his mum. "Me doing what I do got her back into music," he explains.

"She's put out her own CD [Cross That Line]. So it's an honour for me to open that door for her."

Debra returned the favour by forcing her son to audition for Idol: "I threw a hissy and said, 'You're going!'"

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