Australian singer and dancer Tim “Timomatic” Omaji knows a thing or two about TV talent shows.
He made his mark on So You Think You Can Dance in 2009, placing seventh, and then appeared on Australia’s Got Talent in 2011, placing third.
Later this year he will join former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, Welsh-born comedy icon Dawn French and Aussie radio shock-jock Kyle Sandilands on the judging panel for Australia’s Got Talent.
Although he didn’t win any of the competitions, he was soon signed by Sony Music.
“I focused myself before I went on the show and told myself no matter what happened, I am going to go in and when it’s my time on TV, I am going to make that moment stick,” he says.
“And so it was a combination of those moments that led to getting management, getting a record deal and starting to release my music.”
Even after years of stage experience, he says singing and dancing at the same time doesn’t come easy.
“It’s tough man, you really have to be well rehearsed,” he says.
“When I started out I was absolutely terrible.
“It’s just many years of practice and rehearsal and being physically fit.”
The Nigerian-born Australian-raised singer also has some advice for 14-year-old Cassie Henderson who was voted off The X Factor last night.
“Cassie had a good look to her. She could possibility star in a teen drama, a teen comedy or a kids-kind-of-film,” he says, adding that in the end the most important thing any performer can take from the show is the exposure they get.
“The TV is priceless for expose, nothing beats it,” he says.
“When you’re on a TV set and you’re shown across 500,000 people you should use that.”
Soon he will be on the other side of the judging table.
“I got inspired when Stan (Walker) got the job to judge, it’s awesome, and I have been watching his career since he won Australian Idol in Sydney,” he says.
“It’s great to see him doing that well and to join the club.”