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Never an Idol moment - stars
Jessica Mauboy and Stan Walker. Picture: John Koh.

Jessica Mauboy and Stan Walker know better than most how to try and have a career post-reality TV fame. In 2006, Mauboy was the runner-up on the fourth season of Australian Idol, while Walker won the last version of the Ten reality talent search show in 2009.

With The Voice and X Factor becoming major hits over the last year, there is once again big interest in popular reality TV-created singers, such as Karise Eden and Reece Mastin.

"You have to sustain your pace, that is the challenge and that is something they don't tell you," Walker, 21, told AAA.

"You don't get off this platform and end up on top. To keep it at a high level is a challenge.

"People think it is all glamour, but I am always by myself and at the end of the day it is all on me."

Mauboy said the key for her success post-Idol was to stay focused.

"You have to watch every step," she said.

"I guess it is kind of a difficult track sometimes and you just have to keep an eye on things.

"You have to worry about the music, because that is what you are really there for."

Walker and Mauboy were in Perth on Wednesday night for the gala launch of Qatar Airways, where they performed in front of VIP guests including WA Governor Malcolm McCusker, Tourism Minister Kim Hames, chairman of Tourism WA Peter Prendiville and fashion designer Aurelio Costarella.

Northern Territory-born Mauboy, 22, said she would hopefully be back in town later this year as part of a national tour to promote her film, The Sapphires, which opens on August 9. She said attending the film's world premiere at the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival was one of her life's highlights.

"It was really unexplainable," she said. "It felt like it went for three minutes but it went for longer than that - I can remember that much."