Isaiah Firebrace celebrates his 17th birthday Monday by winning X Factor Australia 2016. He edged out tire fitter David Woder.
“This has been my dream, and I can’t believe it came true on my birthday,” Firebrace said. “Thank you guys so much.”
In the ultimate showdown, Firebrace sang his debut single It’s Gotta Be You. On the other hand, Woder, 34, delivered his audition song Coming Home.
Lambert Praises Teen Winner
American singer Adam Lambert was all praises for the teen winner. “This kid has got the voice,” says coach and mentor Lambert.
“He knows how to create magic and it’s so exciting,” he adds.
At the first half of the grand finale, Firebrace brought to tears judge Iggy Azalea with his cover of Beyonce’s Halo.
“Oh my gosh, I’m just speechless. It makes me want to cry, Isaiah,” Azalea tells the X Factor Australia 2016 winner.
Azalea explains she identifies with Firebrace because both of them come from a small place and share dreams of success.
The 29-year-old rapper spent her early years in in Mullumbimby, a small town near Byron Bay in northern New South Wales. The X Factor Australia 2016 champion hails from Moama in southern New South Wales.
‘I feel like I identify with you so much because I know how hard it is to come from such a small place and want to make your dreams come true.
“You do have a heart,” judge Guy Sebastian tells the teenage winner.
Firebrace’s It’s Gotta Be You Number 4 in iTunes
Aside from getting a Sony recording contract, the teen woke up the next day finding his debut single landing 4th on iTunes.
The 17-year-old winner then tweeted, “OMG, I am number one on iTunes. Thank you. Get me to number 1 guys. Love you all.”
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Firebrace joined the song competition last year but he did not make it to the live show. He forgot the lyrics of a song during boot camp.
Aside from Firebrace and Woder, two other singers vied for a place in the Grand Final live decider.
Adam Lambert’s Amalia Foy, 16, sang Adele’s Set Fire To The Rain. Meanwhile, Mel B’s Vlado Saric got his first standing ovation with his cover of Neyo’s Closer.