IDENTICAL twin sisters Brittany and Courtney Menegon, also known as singing act Phuzion, hope to be Queanbeyan’s next rising stars after impressing the ifAustralia’s Got Talent judges.
The 17-year-old girls sang a cover of Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love, usually a crowd favourite, for their two minute audition but received mixed reactions from the panel.
‘‘We sort of love the song and we’ve had a good response when we’ve performed it before. It’s a good song to show what we have, what we’re made of,’’ Brittany said.
Judge Dannii Minogue wasn’t as convinced electing not send the girls through to the next round.
‘‘I just think that was the wrong, wrong song choice for you ... you’re never going to compete with [a] rock band. It was like you were trying to fit a square through a circle,’’ she said.
It was a different story with Brian McFadden who gave an emphatic ‘‘yes’’ and praised the girls.
‘‘You guys were awesome, you were awesome,’’ he said.
Kyle Sandilands also agreed and added ‘‘love the darth vader helmet hair, love it’’.
The girls took the criticism on the chin particularly, Mr Sandilands’ jibe about their hair, and said they will be keeping their dos as is.
‘‘I just thought that was funny; I wasn’t sure what he was talking about it but I thought it was funny,’’ Courtney replied when asked about Mr Sandilands’ comment.
‘‘I had to search on Google images what it was.’’
The girls, who grew up in Queanbeyan until they were 12 years old, come from a musical background.
‘‘Our mum is a singer and our singing coach,’’ Brittany said.
‘‘We have different voices; Courtney’s is much deeper while mine is higher, but they blend together really well.’’
The family has a dedicated music room where Courtney tinkers on the piano while Brittany accompanies her on guitar.
The girls have been working on their own original music and enjoy a range of genres from soul to rock to r‘n’b.
Some of their favourite artists are Pat Benatar, John Farnham, AC/DC and Bon Jovi.
Courtney and Brittany are now focusing their efforts on the semi-finals where public support is crucial to their survival in the sixth season of the talent show.
The girls face competition from singers, songwriters, magicians, comedians, dance troupes and thrill seekers for the $250,000 cash prize.
However, money is not Phuzion’s motivation.
‘‘We just want to share our music with the world,’’ Courtney said.
Phuzion will play at Canberra Southern Cross Club on Saturday, May 26.