It’s Timomatic time

HE’S shared the stage with the likes of Ricky Martin, Pitbull and Janet Jackson and now he’s set to help Liverpudlians bring in the new year.

Nigerian-born performer Timomatic, whose full name is Tim Omaji, will perform at Liverpool Council’s Party by the Lake event.

He said he loved coming to western Sydney.

‘‘It’s great to go out there because you always get a very strong reaction from fans,’’ Omaji said.

The singer, songwriter and dancer who first gained prominence as a contestant on So You Think You Can Dance? said his most recent television stint gave fans a chance to see the raw version of himself.

Two years after appearing on the show as a contestant he was asked to judge this year’s Australia’s Got Talent, sitting on a panel alongside Kyle Sandilands, Dawn French and Geri Halliwell.

‘‘It was a big surprise for me to be selected into that pool,’’ he said.

‘‘It was quite scary because you hear horror stories about being on those shows.

‘‘But I had a great time; I learnt a lot about how television is made and it was a really good experience.

‘‘And the audience got to see the real me on there, which was a bit of a risk, but I’m all about risk-taking.’’

The Party by the Lake family event will be held from 5pm at Grand Flaneur Beach on Ascot Drive and will include performances from The Kingz party band.

It will end with fireworks at 9pm.

Timomatic’s first single this year Parachute rocketed up the ARIA charts to number one and reached multi-platinum sales; his latest single Everything is Allowed is also moving up the charts.

He said performing with Ricky Martin was an amazing experience.

‘‘I learnt a lot from him: he’s very theatrical but also knows the power of just being still.

‘‘And it was great to get to know him as a person. He treats everyone really well and is just a really decent, real guy.

‘‘The Pitbull tour was fantastic. The way he would mix his songs together and remix them and just make the crowd go crazy was very cool.’’

When it comes to songwriting, Omaji said he found inspiration all around him.

‘‘It’s just a matter of how you receive it and respond to it,’’ he said.

He said he would spend much more time writing music next year and planned to surprise people with his new material.

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