It's been 20 years since season one of Australian Idol. Here's what Shannon Noll's life looks like now.

Here's a fun thought for you today: Shannon Noll, local icon, lifting things in the gym, spurred on by his own inspiration banger blasting through headphones.

We have no idea if that's how Nollsie actually works out, but we like to think it's true. And it's not completely out of the realm of possibility.

Over the past few months, the 47-year-old Australian Idol alum has been documenting his gym journey on Instagram, sharing regular images of him (and his biceps) while working out.

Most recently, Nolls marked three months back in the gym, alongside an Instagram caption featuring the hashtag "#yougottalift", referencing his song 'Lift', which was previously used as the theme song for the wildly problematic weight loss reality competition The Biggest Loser.

(I have re-listened to 'Lift' three times in putting together this story, and I can confirm it holds up and would absolutely make me feel invincible in a gym setting, so onya Nollsie!)


Nollsie's hobby is made even better by the fact that fans have been lending him their support through comments like 'Shannon Swole'. An elite-level pun.

Nolls – better known as Nollsie – is one of the more successful stars to come out of Idol, which premiered in Australia in July 2003. 

He, of course, was runner-up to winner Guy Sebastian. His first single 'What About Me' went platinum four times, was the highest-selling single in Australia in 2004, and will never not go off on a dancefloor. It's an Aussie classic.

He released his fifth album, Unbroken, in 2018, and appeared on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! the same year, where he again placed runner-up.

In 2022, he appeared as Blowfly on the fourth season of The Masked Singer, placing fifth behind Destiny Child's Michelle Williams, Hugh Sheridan, Sheldon Riley and the Pussycat Doll's Melody Thornton.

He also released his single 'Believe It' in 2023 and is currently working on his seventh album.

This year, he also released a podcast, Idol Talking With Nollsie, to coincide with the return of Australian Idol earlier this year, which featured interviews with past contestants and former judge Ian 'Dicko' Dickson.

But it hasn't all been rosy for Nollsie. He was arrested for drink driving in December 2004, and was again arrested in January 2017 for assaulting a bouncer at an Adelaide strip club. He plead guilty to cocaine possession in 2018 and was placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond.

He married his wife Rochelle the year after Idol, and they have four children.

The family live on a farm in Casino, NSW.

Nolls still regularly tours and plays shows across Australia.

Feature image: Instagram/@nollsie.

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