Anthony Callea visited Bendigo this week. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

Anthony Callea was in Bendigo this week to promote his next tour Unplugged and Unfiltered.

Callea first came to major stardom in Australia as the runner-up in the 2004 season of Australian Idol.

Songs he performed on the program, such as The Prayer, I Saw Her Standing There, and I Want to Know What Love Is, demonstrated his warmth and versatility as a singer and performer.

Anthony’s debut single The Prayer became Australia’s highest and fastest selling single ever on release and was the number one ARIA single of 2005.

His seventh album ARIA Number 1 Hits in Symphony debuted at number one on the ARIA Albums Chart in September 2017 and ensured  Anthony’s place alongside Australian contemporaries John Farnham, Keith Urban, Silverchair and Jimmy Barnes.

He has also toured with Celine Dion, Diana Ross and Whitney Houston and performed for the late Pavarotti.

Unplugged and Unfiltered will be at the Capital Theatre, May 24.