Winston Hills contender survives - on several levels

Winston Hills dance teacher Davin Griffiths-Jones almost didn't make it to the third round of the TV talent contest I Will Survive.

The theme of episode three was rock.

"Not my thing at all," said Griffiths-Jones, who sang Tina Turner's version of Creedence's Proud Mary on Tuesday night.

"That got me in the bottom three," he said.

For Wednesday's elimination routine, he sang Hot Stuff by Donna Summer to survive the cutting block.

‘‘It was a bit stressful but I’ve always said if you can survive the bottom three it’s a good thing because it shows the judges what you can do.''

The show’s arrival in Cobar, where episodes three and four were filmed, caused its own stir when the Cobar Christian Fellowship made headlines for circulating a homophobic email in the community, asking recipients to pray for the salvation of the crew filming I Will Survive in their town. They were protesting the flamboyant content of the show which pushes gender boundaries.

‘‘We ended up on the front page of the local paper but it was definitely the minority who didn’t want us.

‘‘The rest of the community was just lovely.

‘‘When we handed out pamphlets about coming to watch our solos there were some, especially the older men, who seemed reluctant to look at you; mind you, I was wearing a pink fluffy koala."

Griffiths-Jones was joined in the bottom three by Frank Kerr, of Launceston - the baby of the group at 22 - and Rohan Seinor. Kerr was eliminated.

This week's episode takes the remaining 10 contestants to Broken Hill, as the the men continue to vie for $250,000 and a Broadway show by proving themselves as a triple threat -- industry talk for being skilled at singing, dancing and acting.

I Will Survive airs on Ten on Tuesday and Wednesday at 7.30pm.

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