Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Preparing to Bust a Move

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Preparing to Bust a Move

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Byline: Marnie Johnston Marnie.Johnston@northernstar.com.au

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BYRON Bay's a[approximately]Dancing Man', Tommy Franklin, has certainly made an impact on Australia with his fun-loving attitude and joy-exuding dancing on Australia's Got Talent, but now it's getting serious as the final hour draws near.

As one of the 12 contestants in this year's AGT grand final, airing this Sunday, Tommy is in the running to win a huge cash prize of $250,000 and a massive kickstart to his career - a boost he said he would like to use to educate children in schools about living a healthy lifestyle through dance workshops, just as he has done.

Dancing, he said, had allowed him to find hope after years of drug and alcohol addiction, which led him down a dark path as a teenager - almost driving him to suicide.

"Things can be hard and it's easy to switch off or drown your sorrows," Mr Franklin said. …

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