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AFTER A SIX MONTH SEARCH,
AUSTRALIA'S LESBIAN COMMUNITY
CAN PROUDLY PROCLAIM WE NOW
HAVE OUR VERY OWN LESBIAN IDOL.
NIC VAN DYKE SPEAKS WITH FRESHLY
CROWNED IDOL BERN SOKOL.
You wowed the Grand Final audience
with Michael Jackson's "Man in the
Mirror" and Bjork's "It's So Quiet",
and had Australian Idol's Dicko
declaring "A star is born!" What made
you enter the competition?
I wasn't really planning on entering, my
friends and I had planned on going there
anyway for a girly night out, then I
thought, I better enter otherwise I will
kick myself later. After a few quiet drinks
I always love a good sing!
How did you feel when you heard your
name announced as the winner?
To be honest, I'm not sure what I felt. I
was standing next to you and I kinda
couldn't hear what you were saying, so I
was just reading your lips and when I saw
the 'B' for Bern come out of your mouth
I turned to mush and the waterworks
came out! I felt like I was Miss Universe
(oh hang on, now there is a wardrobe
malfunction we DON'T want to see on
Who was the first person you called
after the announcement?
My mum and dad 'cause they were the
only people I knew that weren't there!
What does a Lesbian Idol do by day?
I work at the head office of a
surfwear/maternity clothing company as
a stock controller. Been there 10 years
Which singer would you liken yourself
I don't really think I'm good enough to
compare myself to anyone! My
influences? Well, I love most
music, but at the moment of
course I CANNOT get Missy
Higgins out of my CD player.
But I love the local band
scene as well and rock/pop,
How do you feel out there
I so love it onstage, but I
honestly kinda can't
remember being up there.
But when I get up there I
don't wanna get off!
What single word best
Incredibly funny! Oh that's
What direction would you
like to take your music in?
I never thought I would ever
get asked a question like that.
Well, I love rock, but I'm not
sure my voice really suits that sort of
stuff. I honestly really don't know!
How many tattoos or body piercings do
3 tatts & 3 piercings.
What do you do offstage to psyche
Last time I vomited, but I guess that's not
really psyching myself up. At the grand
final I must say I did have a couple of
confidence drinks in a can, I practiced in
the wings before I went on. That's about it...
If you could play any character in a
film which would it be?
Miss Hanagan from Annie.
What sort of stuff do you listen to
when just hanging at home?
I love my all-girl band rock!
As a kid what did you want be when
you grew up?
In this order: postman then sports teacher.
Ahem, don't even ask me where the
sports thing came from, a lot has gone
downhill from school days!
I know LOTL readers will be
disappointed if I don't ask this
question ... are you single?
I am single but there is a lovely lady that
has taken my eye of late.
Bern Sokol has won an offer of a contract
with Gogirlfriend Enterprises to record
tracks for a Lesbian Idol CD and a flight to
the US for a promotional tour. e
Music Questions & Answers
Lesbian Idol Winner: Bern Sokol
Images: Tom Fairweather
A STAR IS BORN
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