It was a time when Australian Idol was our wholesome, musical answer to The Bachelor (even Osher was there before his name was Osher). We were such different people back then. We were pure.
…But it turns out, behind the scenes of our beloved Idol, it wasn’t all the happily sitting around practising the top-12 rendition of “Rise Up” and gossiping spiritedly about Dicko’s sassy criticism we’d imagined.
Like any reality TV show which crams a classroom-sized group of strangers in a house together while all competing for the same coveted title, there be ~drama~.
And does our appetite for drama fade over a decade on from when the show in question has left our screens? Heavens no.
So now that we’ve got all the juicy details of the bitter feud between season one second runner up Cosima De Vito and winner/owner of all our hearts Guy Sebastian, you better believe we’re here for it.
Because as we'll all agree, focusing on 15-year-old beef between Aussie celebs (yes - 15 YEARS, where has the time gone?) is a very good way to occupy our time.
Buckle up, because this one is particularly convoluted - with many of our Idol faves of yesteryear offering their two cents worth. (It's the pile-on reunion we never saw coming).
It all began in June this year, when fellow contestant Paulini Curuenavuli and judge Mark Holden threw some subtle shade Cosima's way in an interview with E! Online.
You see - Paulini, who was by all definitions a fan favourite, was booted off the show the week before Cosima pulled out of the top three with throat issues. We were shook. (It was basically the 2003 version of the Honey Badger situation).