Karaoke star's bet on a risky song choice pays off
WHEN 21-year-old Dalby singing star Jacob Hoopert stepped up to the karaoke machine at the Wide Bay Tavern in Hervey Bay on a Saturday night, he couldn't help but second guess his song choice.
A risky choice from High School Musical 2 was the only thing that stood in the way of Mr Hoopert taking out the title at the World Karaoke Championships.
"It definitely hit the crowd well,” he said.
"Everyone jumped up and loved it. They seemed to enjoy the nostalgia trip.”
By far the youngest in the competition, Mr Hoopert won himself a place in the Queensland and national finals on the Gold Coast with his renditions of Let Her Go by Passenger and Bet On It.
A keen performer, Mr Hoopert graduated from singing into hairbrushes to singing on stage in high school, where he starred in school musical productions and discovered a love for performing and a passion for music.
Performing in the spotlight still guarantees Mr Hoopert some butterflies in his stomach, but it isn't enough to stop him from giving it his all.
"It still rattles me to the bones sometimes but once you're up there and you start singing you just get lost in the song and everything falls into place,” he said. In his quest to progress to the next stage of the competition, Mr Hoopert will be preparing four songs - two songs for Queensland finals, and two more if he progresses through to nationals.
A very selfless performer, Mr Hoopert the best part of performing is always getting the audience on their feet.
"A lot of the songs are very vague and not very specific about who the song is to,” he said.
"It enables the everyone to get up and dance and sing.
"They don't care who it's about.”