Matt Saunoa was created in Manukau Town, New Zealand, and moved to the city of Levin after finishing college. The just hint of his long term singing career had been his shows in the institution choir and his shower. While operating as a garage area builder, Saunoa came into the first group of NZ Idol, despite the fact that he previously to hitchhike to Wellington to wait after not having the ability to capture a teach. He failed that audition, but came back two years later on, aged 21 and having a boy, for another try. This time around he was effective and his shows on that year’s display, including shows of tracks by Gnarls Barkley, Stevie Wonder, Aerosmith, Elton John, and Dave Dobbyn, impressed both judges as well as the viewers. He won the ultimate circular and a agreement to record an individual, and a car and a money prize. That solitary, “HOLD ON” compiled by Wayne Reid from the Feelers, visited number one. Nevertheless, it didn’t sell plenty of copies to ensure an album agreement. While boarding a aircraft to Australia, where he prepared to start out his singing profession over, Saunoa received a telephone call through the makers of Pop’s Best Star requesting him to enter your competition, which pitted the winners of additional reality TV applications against one another. After 1 day in Australia, he came back to New Zealand and authorized on for the display, where he was ultimately beaten by Joe Natural cotton, former singer through the Popstars winning music group, TrueBliss.