New South Wales teen Isaiah Firebrace has won The X Factor on his 17th birthday, with Logan tyre-fitter Davey Woder as runner up.
Firebrace, mentored by US singer Adam Lambert, was considered the front-runner to take out the title after a string of soulful performances on the Seven series this year.
It was also a good news story for the Indigenous teen, who returned to the contest after failing to make the grade in 2016 due to forgetting his lyrics. Even this year it was touch and go for the young singer, again forgetting his lyrics at the top of the series. But his vocal skills rose to the challenge to land a contract with SONY Music.
“Thank you all so much. My heart’s beating so fast,” he said. “This has been my dream and I can’t believe it’s come true on my birthday.
“My life has changed so much….it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”
Adam Lambert said: “The kid has got the voice man, and he’s such a humble guy and he really just steps on the stage every time and he knows how to create magic and it’s so exciting.”
Cronulla teen Vlado, thrown a lifeline by “Underdog” judge Mel B, came third with Cranbourne schoolgirl finishing fourth.
But host Jason Dundas neglected to announce auditions were open for 2018 with under-performing ratings putting a question mark over the show’s future.