Guy Sebastian Splendour in the Grass X Factor

Guy Sebastian Wows At Splendour In The Grass, Warns Upcoming ‘X Factor’ Will Be ‘Brutal’

Guy Sebastian sure knows how to get attention from hipsters, according to News Australia. The Australian Idol 2003 winner performed at this year’s Splendour in the Grass festival, an Australian music festival that has been held annually since 2001.

In May this year, Guy Sebastian appeared in the “Like a Version” segment on Triple J, Australia’s government-funded radio station, and hipsters knew right away: that’s the performer they need to keep an eye on.

And now Guy Sebastian has just finished at the Splendour in the Grass 2016 festival to get even more fans among hipsters. The 34-year-old “Battle Scars” singer who won Australian Idol 13 years ago performed along with Queensland electronic act Paces.

This year, Splendour in the Grass was held from July 22 to July 24, and Guy Sebastian’s performance with Paces took place at the Byron Bay event on Saturday. It was Mikey Perry, aka Paces, who invited the Malaysian-Australian singer-songwriter to sing with him at the festival. The duo realized they have a great musical chemistry when they performed a cover of LDRU’s “Keeping Score” together on Triple J back in May. It was also reported that Guy Sebastian and Perry have been working on new material in the studio.

Watch their performance here.

Although it’s unclear on whose album the new material will be featured, fans of both Guy Sebastian and Perry have long been waiting for their favorite musician’s new album. Perry performed at the Tiny Dancer stage at the festival on Saturday, and was later joined by rapper Tkay Maidza.

The Splendour in the Grass festival was very generous in terms of the invited performers this year. Besides Guy Sebastian and Paces, such musicians as James Blake, The Cure, The Avalanches, The Strokes, Flume, The 1975, and many others performed this year.

In other news, Guy Sebastian has warned that the new season of Australia’s X Factor will be even more “brutal” than previous seasons, according to the Daily Mail. The Malaysian-Australian singer revealed the producers had decided to cut the number of live shows and eliminate more people from the show each week.

Guy Sebastian, who serves as a judge on Australia’s X Factor also added that one category will be eliminated from the show, and the audition, home visit, and boot camp segments will be shortened.

In his interview with the Daily Telegraph, Guy Sebastian revealed what kind of measures X Factor producers have taken to combat plunging ratings.

“The live shows will be culled right down; there will be heaps less. So the process will be pretty brutal.”

Guy Sebastian revealed that now the judges will have to send home two or three contestants at a time. Apart from that, producers are also planning to reduce the number of judges from four to three.

In the upcoming season, Guy Sebastian will sit on the judging panel alongside the “Team” singer Iggy Azalea and the “Ghost Town” singer Adam Lambert. The 34-year-old “Battle Scars” singer also spoke about his colleagues, saying that they will bring a more youthful energy to the revamped Channel Seven show.

“I’ve gone from being the youngest to the oldest. I think that’s a good thing — an injection of young opinions.”

In previous seasons of Australia’s X Factor, the line-up of judges included Guy Sebastian, Dannii Minogue, Chris Isaak, and James Blunt. The singer also revealed that he wanted to quit the show, but producers convinced him to stay, promising a new format for the show. Guy Sebastian said the last season was too intense for him, as he had to dedicate almost every second of his life for the show for six months.

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