14 year old singer Jack Vidgen has won Australia’s Got Talent for 2011 and takes home the $250,000 cash prize.
He beat illusionist / magician Cosentino who came second.
Singer / dancer Timomatic was third.
“It’s incredible. I never thought I’d do anything like this. Thankyou so much, Australia,” he said.
The young singer is tipped for a recording contract with Sony Australia and a single release of his song “Yes I Am,” co-written with vocal coach Erana Clarke and her husband. Since performing his audition song “I Have Nothing (If I Don’t Have You)” Vidgen’s performances have wowed audiences and pulled in excess of 2 million views on YouTube.
The win capped off a stunning season for the Seven series with bumper ratings and an impressive array of talent including dancers, mimics, barbershop, comedians, opera singers and more. The show opened with a show-stopping number drawing upon past contestants and finalists.
The final also included appearances from 2010 winners Justice Crew and singer Jessica Mauboy. Seven also cleverly included promotions for The X Factor (with upcoming guest appearances from Beyonce, Mel C and Jason Derülo), Wild Boys and Packed to the Rafters.
The FremantleMedia Australia series has also defied the trend of many variety contests that diminish with subsequent years and eclipsed its own records, last week nudging 2.2m viewers.
Host Grant Denyer announced the search was now on for acts for a new season in 2012.