Stan Walker has won Australian Idol 2009.
The 19 year old from Queensland defeated 17 year old Hayley Warner in the Grand Final at the Sydney Opera House.
“I just want to thank God man,” said a tearful Walker. “I want to thank my family for supporting me, they came from New Zealand.”
His family and friends performed an impromptu Maori haka in the audience upon hearing of his win.
Born in Melbourne but raised in New Zealand, Stan won over audiences with his mix of soul and R & B songs.
He wins a record / management contract with Sony BMG, a $200,000 development fund and a new car.
The win was an ambition fulfilled for the young singer who dreamt of competing after he watched Guy Sebastian win in 2003.
‘Rock chick’ Warner, 17, was the first female finalist for Idol since Natalie Gauci in 2007.
Idol struggled to match previous ratings this year, but TEN has affirmed its return in 2010.
Walker has released the single “Black Box” available now on download.
This post updates.