Robert “Rob” Mills (born 21 June 1982) is an Australian actor, television host and Australian singer-songwriter best known as one of the finalists from Australian Idol (season 1). He was a co-host on the late-night quiz show The Mint as well as a regular singer on the game show The Singing Bee both on the Nine Network. He has starred on Dancing With The Stars and Celebrity Apprentice. In 2008, Mills won the coveted lead male role of Fiyero in the hugely successful production of Wicked and continued the role when it moved to around Australia. He has since starred in a number of popular large scale musical theatre productions. In 2012, Mills was announced as the host of Network Ten’s revamped Young Talent Time, a show considered an icon of Australian television.
Rob attended singing lessons at Vox Singing Academy under the guidance of director and principal teacher Peter Vox before and during his appearance on Australian idol. Rob worked incredibly hard during and especially after Australian idol to take his voice and dancing to the next level.
Mills attended Brentwood Secondary College until the end of Year 10, frequently participating in the school Battle of the Bands concert. He completed Year 11 and 12 at Box Hill Senior Secondary College. Mills formed a band called “The Megamen” with two friends and soon developed a keen following on the Melbourne live music scene with their sessions every Sunday at the Red Eagle Hotel at Albert Park. Mills is a resident of Melbourne.
Mills was a contestant for the first series of Australian Idol and he made the top five. He performed on “Rise Up”, the #1 Australian single performed by all the Australian finalists in 2003. Mills performed the song “Dirty Girl” on the double platinum album Australian Idol: Final 12 soundtrack released in October 2003.
Rob’s song list you for Australian idol:
Melbourne Audition – “Swear It Again” (Westlife)
Semi Final Group 5 – “Angels” (Robbie Williams)
Final 12 (70s) – “Alright Now” (Free)
Final 10 (#1 Hits) – “You Don’t Treat Me No Good” (Sonia Dada)
Final 8 (Aussie Hits) – “Take Me Back” (Noiseworks)
Final 6 (80s) – “If I Could” (1927)
Up, Close and Personal – “When You Say Nothing At All” (Ronan Keating)
Final 5 (R&B/Soul) – “Too Close” (Next) and “If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time” (R. Kelly)
In 2005, Mills toured Australia in Grease – The Arena Spectacular as Johnny Casino alongside an all star cast with Craig McLachlan, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Magda Szubanski & John Farnham.
In May 2007, Mills appeared as the lead role of Claude in the sold out Perth production of the rock musical Hair along with Cosima De Vito and Nikki Webster. The production was directed by Chris Kabay and musically directed by Simon Holt of Yellow Glass Theatre.
Mills then originated the coveted lead male role of Fiyero in the Australian production of the Broadway musical Wicked. The show opened on 12 July 2008, in Melbourne where it ran for 13 months, closing on 9 August 2009. It then transferred to Sydney from 12 September. He originally starred oppostie Lucy Durack as Glinda, Amanda Harrison as Elphaba and the late Rob Guest as The Wizard. Mills played his final performance on 6 June 2010. Tim Campbell was cast to replace him.
From 13–30 July 2011, Rob played the role of Jamie in Jason Robert Brown’s musical “The Last Five Years” at Sydney’s Seymour Centre.
In March 2012, it was announced that Mills will play Warner Huntington III in the Australian production of Legally Blonde, which also starred his Wicked co-star Lucy Durack as the main character, Elle Woods.The Australian production season began in September 2012 at the Lyric Theatre, Sydney, before opening on 4 October 2012. It then went on to play at the Lyric Theatre in Brisbane from March 2013. It then opened in Melbourne at the Princess Theatre in May 2013.
In 2013, Mills played the role of Danny in the Australian tour of Grease, which began performances October 2013 at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre, has travelled all around Australia, which finished its run doing a second season in Melbourne at Her Majesty’s Theatre. The show closed in late January 2015.
In August 2015 Mills joined Swing on This, a quartet of musical theatre stars which includes Michael Falzon, Matt Lee, Luke Kennedy and Ben Mingay.Swing on This perform contemporary swing in a predominantly cabaret format.
In 2015, Mills toured with his Cabaret show ‘Surprisingly Good’, playing in cabaret festivals in Melbourne, Noosa, Sydney, Mackay and Brisbane.
In 2016, Mills will play ‘Corny Collins’ in Brisbane’s leading Musical Theatre Company, Harvest Rain, Arena Spectacular version of Hairspray. He will then take on the leading role of ‘Sam’ in the Australian Premier of ‘Ghost the Musical’
Robert has an amazing loving and giving personality and donates a lot of his time to numerous charities and is a regular guest performer at Carols by Candlelight. Robert is also an avid AFL football fan following and supporting the Hawthorne Hawks.
Robert has a big 2017 ahead of him with various singing and musical theatre projects planned throughout the year.