Going for a song

Last updated 05:00 07/08/2010

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It's no Black Box – the Hamilton family home of Australian Idol winner Stan Walker is up for auction.

Harcourts agent Sue Hall is banking on the celebrity connection to help sell the Cranmer Close, Rototuna, property in a tough real estate market, with its star former resident prominent in marketing.

She said Walker, whose family lived in the house from 2004, had his own bedroom, and used to sing in there every night.

"The whole family would also sing together. He used to play the guitar in the backyard," she said.

Walker, who won the televised Australian singing contest last year, was born in Melbourne but raised in New Zealand.

His family moved to Hamilton after living in Tauranga, and attended a Hamilton church where they impressed the congregation with their musical abilities.

Walker continued his education at Fairfield Intermediate and Hamilton Boys' High before the family returned to Australia. He returned to the city in February, drawing 10,000 people to a free Waitangi Day concert. His debut single, Black Box, was a number one hit in New Zealand.

The house will be auctioned on August 19.

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- Waikato Times

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