The 16-year-old visited her Sacred Heart College peers and teachers last Friday before easing back into full-time school.
‘They were all really excited to see me but they also treated me like normal,’ she said.
‘I walked past a Year 7 class in the middle of a test and they went nuts and started squealing and looking at each other.’
Fame has not changed the humble singer who is focussed on getting her studies back on track.
‘I got so far behind during the show, I’m just studying everyday trying to catch-up,’ she said.
Sydnee said she had hoped judge Ronan Keating would be her mentor before finding out he would train the under-25 girls in the competition.
‘He wanted to keep my natural sound, didn’t want to put me in pop because he knew I suited acoustic, slower music,’ she said.
‘But we experimented when it came to my styling and my fashion and hair but definitely didn’t go overboard with the makeup.
‘I’ve never really been a makeup wearer, so I guess they figured that’s what people liked about me.’
With seven finalists left, Sydnee said the quality of competitors was high.
‘If it was based on popularity, Brothers Three have done a really good job and have such a huge following so they have a strong chance of winning.’
She said she hoped the exposure would help kick-start her career.
‘If not I still want to do this, find a studio, people to write with and release an EP,’ she said.
‘I am really happy and grateful to have so many supporters who spent their time voting for me especially from my school.’
Sydnee attended the Perth Fashion Festival yesterday and will appear at Telethon and the Pink Ribbon Ball in October.