Sir's TV dream rolls on
THE Australia's Got Talent hopes of Redbank Plains State High teacher David Hamer charge on as he edges one step closer to the talent show's grand final.
The acrobatic group Odyssey is now one of 16 acts remaining in contention for the $250,000 prize.
Mr Hamer's students were again glued to the television screen and even reached into their own pockets to ensure his dream run on the show continued.
"One of the kids came to me and said, 'Sir, you owe me $3 I spent on votes'," Mr Hamer said.
"They are really supportive and I have had kids talking to me that I have never spoken to on the playground before."
Mr Hamer flew to Melbourne with his 12-person crew for the announcement last week, and stood on stage to hear the results along with Owen Campbell and Runway.
When host Grant Denyer announced Odyssey had topped the public vote, it lifted a boulder off Mr Hamer's shoulders.
"We were absolutely petrified. We were trying to put on a brave face but the reality was we were that nervous it wasn't funny," he said. "The reaction we had was genuine, 100%."
The reality of the competition is starting to hit home as they begin preparing for their next act.
"We have to raise it to the next level again. Every time we perform we have to do something bigger and better."
With the next performance three weeks away, Odyssey is continuing its immense training schedule of up to five hours a day, six days a week.
Mr Hamer said making the grand final would exceed his original expectations.
"My goal was always to make it to the finals. Anything after this is extra. We've got to work harder. Our coach has stepped it up every time."