Remember 2005? The world almost imploded over that whole Brad Pitt/Jennifer Aniston/Angelina Jolie thing, we were all worried about bird flu and a song called ‘Wasabi’ topped the charts.
Said song was a hit for Australian Idol season 3’s third runner up Lee Harding and honestly, before today we’d filed it away deep, deep in our brains.
But suddenly… it’s back. We’re walking around the office singing “Wasaaaaabi, so damn hot, my head’s gonna blow,” and we can’t stop.
It’s uh… definitely the only Harding song we can remember, but he is hoping to change that. The former Idol star is giving another singing competition a go, appearing on The Voice Australia 2019.
Since 'Wasabi', Harding has been a support act for INXS and fellow Australian Idol alumni Shannon Noll.
A few years after 'Wasabi's' success, Harding and his record label split but he's still active in the music scene as the singer in Bedrock, a cover band he'd been going to see perform since he was 16.
Harding told Buzzfeed in 2017 that his Idol experience made breaking into the industry tough (even after a #1 single).
"A lot of labels won't touch you because you've been there, had the chance, and it didn't work out," he said.
Outside of music, Harding, now 35, has become a family man. He married his high school sweetheart and is a father of two - daughter Blaize, 6 and son Ryker, who was born in April.
Harding is also looking a bit... different, basically due to the fact he stopped getting those rainbow highlights we all remember him for and grew his hair out.