Rockhampton pole dancing champion Emma McDonald will audition in one of the final rounds for Australia’s Got Talent celebrity judges this Saturday night.
Rockhampton pole dancing champion Emma McDonald will audition in one of the final rounds for Australia’s Got Talent celebrity judges this Saturday night. MEGAN LEWIS

Emma's pole position

EMMA McDonald has twisted and twirled her way to the top of many pole dancing competitions, but this weekend she’ll find out if she’s really got talent.

The self-taught Rockhampton pole champion is about to face her toughest critics – the three celebrity judges of Australia’s Got Talent.

Dannii Minogue, Kyle Sandilands and Brian McFadden will let Emma, 19, know what they really think during television auditions in Brisbane on Saturday night.

“I’ve never been on television before so I’m very nervous,” she said yesterday.

Emma said a common misconception about pole dancing was that it involved taking off your clothes.

This year she started a diesel fitter’s apprenticeship and said at first her male workmates mistakenly thought she was a stripper.

She quickly set them straight.

“It takes a lot of guts, but it’s a lot of fun – there is no stripping,” Emma said.

“I was a gymnast, so that helps too because it’s very similar.

“I’m an extremist just like my dad.”

It becomes quite obvious that physical strength is a must for pole dancing when Emma hangs off the pole with ease using just one hand or leg.

Not to mention that her chiselled abdominal muscles and athletic body scream extreme fitness.

Last weekend Emma won the title of Miss Sexpo Queensland after competing in Brisbane at the national competition.

She has also been placed second in Miss Pole Dance Australia and the Australian Pole Dance Championships.

Emma advanced to the television round of auditions for Australia’s Got Talent after first submitting an audition tape via YouTube.

She will join forces with two others girls from Mackay and Brisbane for their performance.

She said all three would perform on the pole at the same time.



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