Moama’s favourite son Isaiah Firebrace found the perfect way to celebrate his 17th birthday when he sang his way to The X Factor Australia crown on Monday night.
The “boy from the bush” – the bookies’ favourite – beat “the bogan from Logan”, Davey Woder, but not before Woder showed that original music can be as powerful as cover songs when he performed his audition song Coming Home (leaving the stage to serenade his wife) as his final number on the show.
Woder did what the music purists have been saying these TV talent shows should be doing for years – showcasing original music as well as covers.
And while it is Isaiah’s cover of One Direction’s Gotta Be You that makes it on Spotify first – I’ll bet Davey’s song is not far behind.
By the way, Dami Im was also from Logan and look what happened to her career!
The final episode was interminable – as always. And more so because we all knew that voting had closed hours before – presumably because of Australia’s time differences, which make live voting impossible.
We had to sit through a slew of lightly clothed women flogging their latest hits – at least until we got Tori Kelly who has an amazing voice and was wearing clothes.
Robbie Williams, decked out in a butterfly motif suit, also contributed a merry little ditty called I Love my Life that left me asking myself when did he turn into a cruise ship entertainer?
He then explained that the song was dedicated to his kids who had seen him through drug and alcohol rehab more times than he could remember and how he wanted them to be able to say they loved their life when they got to his age.
And I do hope that the two other young contestants who made it this far will be able to say the same about their lives after the excitement of The X Factor.
First to be voted out was the bookies’ second favourite, Amalia Foy – the 15-year-old schoolgirl who was also the youngest contestant.
At her audition, Adam Lambert called her a superstar and predicted a great career for her. He was saying something similar as she left the stage – adding this wasn’t a loss, it was a start.
Mel B – who brought Vlado Saric, 17, back into the contest, said pretty much the same to him when he left the stage next.
We shall see.
But I suspect Isaiah will make his mark.
As the youngest in a family of 11 kids, he’s certainly got the drive and audience support to do so and, I think, a powerful ally in Jessica Mauboy (who he sang a duet with him on Saturday night.)
And I reckon Davey’s in with a chance of a career. As Guy said – “he’s a hard working, true blue dude”.
And along with a suitcase full of original songs, he has some amazing turns of phrase.
The quote of Monday night’s show came when he told Williams (with whom he sang a duet the previous night) “you polished a turd, mate”.
I do wonder, though, how long Channel 7 will keep polishing up The X Factor.
The ratings this year haven’t been up to much and maybe Isaiah has taken the crown for the last time.
But maybe Davey has shown the way to feature original music and not just endless covers and we could see The X Factor reinvented yet again.
Singing his potential winner's single, 'It's Gotta Be You', Isaiah Firebrace is going for gold on the #xfactorau stage right now.
Posted by The X Factor – Australia on 2016年11月21日