R&B singer Andrew de Silva has won Australia’s Got Talent 2012.
The former CDB vocalist defeated Tassie country rock band The Wolfe Brothers -both performed original songs in the Seven talent series.
De Silva was a hot favourite to win the $250,000 cash.
“It was just an amazing moment. This is all a dream… I feel amazing. It’s just such a beautiful way for it to come to an end and in a way it’s actually a new beginning,” he said.
Of The Wolfe Brothers he added, “I was so happy to be up there with those guys, I have much so respect for them. It’s real music as well, so for both of us to be up there together is incredible and such a positive achievement for original Australian music.”
The 2 hr+ finale opened with a spectacular medley of all 8 grand finalists: including dance troupe Kookies and Kream, quick change artists Soul Mystique, singer/songwriter Joe Moore, acrobatic group Odyssey, beat boxer Genesis and stripper Dylan Yeandle as well as favourites from throughout the series.
The show also gave away $10,000 to a viewer-voted act plus 2 cars to home viewers.
Despite the talented acts and an impressive “Decider” finale, Australia’s Got Talent has struggled this year largely due to heated competition from The Voice.
In its early audition episodes viewers did not connect with the acts while they were distracted by Nine’s new talent show. That made it a long haul for the series, complicated by its elongated finals rounds.
Nevertheless, the show still stumped up with some impressive acts.
In a ratings showdown with MasterChef, Seven’s talent show has one more challenge to come: today’s ratings results.