Anthony Callea was sent a terrifying death threat just hours before the Australian Idol finale


Anthony Callea reveals he was sent a terrifying death threat just hours before the Australian Idol finale by an obsessed fan vowing to KILL him if he won

Anthony Callea has recalled the terrifying death threat he received the night before competing in Australian Idol’s grand finale in 2004.

The 37-year-old describes the chilling incident in an interview with former Idol judge Mark Holden on the upcoming podcast The Idol Archives.

‘It was hand-delivered to the house and it was essentially, “If Anthony won the grand final he will be killed,”‘ Anthony said of the threat.

Chilling: Anthony Callea (pictured) has recalled the terrifying death threat he received the night before competing in Australian Idol's grand finale in 2004

Chilling: Anthony Callea (pictured) has recalled the terrifying death threat he received the night before competing in Australian Idol’s grand finale in 2004 

‘They brought the police to the house and they flew my parents up from Melbourne with a security guard. They put them in a hotel just to be safe,’ he continued. 

‘Leading up to the grand final, everywhere I went I had to have a bodyguard.’ 

In a chilling twist, Anthony said an audience member jumped from a balcony onto the stage during the grand final, but was quickly tackled and arrested by security.

'Leading up to the grand final, everywhere I went I had to have a bodyguard': Anthony said on The Idol Archives podcast that he had to ramp up his personal security following the threat. Pictured during the Australian Idol grand finale in Sydney on November 15, 2004

‘Leading up to the grand final, everywhere I went I had to have a bodyguard’: Anthony said on The Idol Archives podcast that he had to ramp up his personal security following the threat. Pictured during the Australian Idol grand finale in Sydney on November 15, 2004

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He said the moment never made it to air, with the TV cameras quickly zeroing in on the show’s hosts instead.

‘I will never forget, it was so funny watching it back because the first thing you see is Casey [Donovan] mouth to me on live television, ‘What the eff?” mused Anthony. 

Despite his spine-tingling finale performance of The Prayer, Anthony ultimately lost the winning title to Casey Donovan. 

In a terrifying twist, Anthony said an audience member jumped from a balcony onto the stage during the grand final, but was quickly tackled and arrested by security. Pictured with Casey Donovan at  the Australian Idol grand finale in Sydney, 2004

In a terrifying twist, Anthony said an audience member jumped from a balcony onto the stage during the grand final, but was quickly tackled and arrested by security. Pictured with Casey Donovan at  the Australian Idol grand finale in Sydney, 2004 

Hosted by Mark and his daughter Katie, The Idol Archives will uncover dramatic moment viewers didn’t see on-screen. 

The duo will speak to a different former contestant each week, with guests including the likes of Casey Donovan, Damien Leith, Cosima De Vito and Axle Whitehaed. 

The Idol Archives is set to stream on Spotify from October 9. 

Blast from the past: Hosted by Mark and his daughter Katie, The Idol Archives will uncover dramatic moment viewers didn't see on-screen. Pictured with contestant Cosima De Vito in Melbourne in November 2004

Blast from the past: Hosted by Mark and his daughter Katie, The Idol Archives will uncover dramatic moment viewers didn’t see on-screen. Pictured with contestant Cosima De Vito in Melbourne in November 2004



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