Comic Morris is Australia's top diva

Julia wins reality singing show

Stand-up Julia Morris has won a primetime TV reality show in her native Australia – for her singing

The comic, who has spent the last eight years on the UK circuit, has returned to fame in her homeland through the show It Takes Two.

She was partnered with opera singer David Hobson throughout the Seven Network series and has generally taken a jokey approach to each song.

The number that secured her victory in the final was Queen’s Fat Bottomed Girls.

Last week Morris joked: ‘Australia, I think it's time that a nearly 40-year-old, overweight woman wins something in this country.

‘It was my dream to have Australia's finest opera singer on TV singing “fat bottomed girls you make the rocking world go round”.

For his part, Hobson said singing with Morris had helped him find ‘real joy’ in singing.

Morris became known to Australian TV audiences through the Nineties sketch show Full Frontal, and went on to host Great Aussie Bloopers and her own strand on Melbourne Tonight.

In the UK, she was a regular on panel shows and won a Time Out comedy award in 2004, but recently decided to move back to Australia with husband Dan Thomas, a former stand-up himself, and their 13-month old daughter Ruby.

Here's an earlier performance in the competition:

Published: 22 Apr 2008

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