Jack Vidgen wins Australia’s Got Talent

By David Knox on August 2, 2011 / Filed Under News 48

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.

48 Comments »

  1. The Dueling Cavalier August 3, 2011 at 10:17 pm -

    A record record deal… then obscurity six months later.

  2. Tim August 3, 2011 at 9:33 pm -

    Excellent show, but a shame to have a singer, albeit a great one, win, when there was somewhat different talent that could’ve won.
    I think thats what makes AGT better than the other talents shows – variety.
    I agree with others that Jacks constant appearances and promotion would’ve been a big factor in the number of votes he received.
    Great show though, definitely one of the most entertaining we’ll see this year that isn’t another sports match!

  3. Carta August 3, 2011 at 9:24 pm -

    Kev – shouldn’t your “pride” have kept you from stooping to even reading this article, let alone taking the time to respond to it? ;-)

    I wonder how many of those who are complaining that someone else should have won last night actually voted?

    Jack could easily have lost. Susan Boyle was supposed to romp it in over in the UK, but she didn’t. In spite of the massive backlash against this supremely talented 14 year old, enough people felt that he was good enough to win to push him across the line. End of story.

  4. Kev August 3, 2011 at 8:17 pm -

    again…yawn, even with his quarter of a million I doubt he’ll even be known in a year or two

    I am proud to say I have never watched an episode of AGT/X-factor etc. Ever.
    Next please.

  5. A. August 3, 2011 at 7:42 pm -

    Just saw clips on Seven News. I’m very happy that I don’t watch it.

  6. Mr. chandler August 3, 2011 at 6:28 pm -

    i agree with everyone that is saying that 7 just about made him the winner from day 1. they didn’t need to do it. the kid is very talented and he would have won any way with out 7 push his chances of winning ahead of anyone else

  7. shanae_2 August 3, 2011 at 5:47 pm -

    I live Jack Vidgen! i think he was the best in the competition i am so glad he won :) I Love Jack !! <3

  8. Maev August 3, 2011 at 5:30 pm -

    @ Pantaloons……Just Googled….Bonnie Anderson appears to be doing very well….apparently she and her mother went to the US in March of this year…to sing with Jackson Brown (whoever that is)….and she continues to write music….no doubt….funded by her winning prize money….

  9. Jack! August 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm -

    @ Richard W: You are right about the “evil industry” and how it expolits and destroys talent …
    Jack needs to tour with John Farnham and maybe he can take him under his wing for a while … those two singing together would be amazing!

  10. Richard W August 3, 2011 at 1:17 pm -

    Good luck to him but when you’re trying to sell records, is the teen market looking for a young boy who sings 70s/80s femal diva? I think not. He will be chewed up and spat out by his record company (who he has bascially been force into Sony). I hope he keeps on studying at school, cause there is slim chance of success in this evil industry.

  11. Secret Squïrrel August 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm -

    It’s not that Jack isn’t a deserving winner but that the playing field was not level. He received almost non-stop positive promotion and publicity from Seven so, for a competition judged via public voting, it was hardly a fair contest.

    He doesn’t deserve all the hate that’s being thrown his way tho’. Some of the comments and vitriol that you can read on the net are both disgusting and disturbing.

  12. Pantaloons August 3, 2011 at 12:16 pm -

    Interesting to see where his career goes from here. I keep thinking of that little girl who won the first series, Bonnie Andersen? We never heard of her again…

  13. Armchair Analyst August 3, 2011 at 12:14 pm -

    This does not suprise me one bit. If Jack is to be succesful it is not enough to have a level head and to be talented. What is also needed is the right kind of support. If he thinks that he will be a victim of the tall poppy syndrome then he should probably leave the country. He needs to make a decision what type of musician he wants to be. If he wants to have long carrear then he must dovelope his own style, both in a dress and musical sense. Loooking like a blonde beaber might work now, but it wont later on. Beaber himself is a manufactored fad. He does have talent, but will he be a one hit wonder? well we will find out wont we?

  14. Jack! August 3, 2011 at 12:02 pm -

    Very happy that Jack has his contract with Sony … I was also amazed that Cosentino was in the last two … fantastic!!
    But Jack does not need the $250K, it should have gone to Cos to start his Magic School for kids!!!!

  15. Kev August 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm -

    I would imagine a significant cut of that $250k will be going to his dentist.

  16. Leigh August 3, 2011 at 11:26 am -

    I think that Timmomatic should have won he was they best and was very talanted he really would have diserved to win he is a world class star i wish him all the best in the future I know that he will be a well known star soon !!
    From the beginning of the show I knew Jack would win as seven posted him everywere and I think alot of the singing talent on their should have got a singing contract before he did and now Australia has their own Justin Bieber. I love all the people on their they all deserving a brighter future. Austrlia should be called “Channel seven has got talent” as there the one’s who picked the singer!.

  17. googly eyes August 3, 2011 at 10:36 am -

    I enjoyed this finale more than the recent Britain’s Got Talent one and last year’s America’s Got Talent, so great job Australia!

    I guess there was never going to be a Susan Boyle-style boilover, so congrats to Jack.

  18. catherine August 3, 2011 at 10:17 am -

    Well I think its a shame that a person who is very talented and wins gets cut down in typical aussie tall poppy style. Jack from the moment he opened his mouth showed hoe good a singer he was.

    He came across as polite, a nice boy and spoke very well. Ok so I thought Liam deserved to get more votes but it doesnt bother me Jack won. You cant deny he cant sing. If you dont like him then fine but I dont think people need to get on facebook threatening him.

  19. Allie August 3, 2011 at 9:42 am -

    Jack’s a worthy winner, for sure, but I was secretly hoping Cosentino would win, as he is utterly extraordinary. I agree that Seven orchestrated Jack’s win – he has had non-stop publicity from his first appearance on the show. I feel for the other contestants as they were up against a steamroller. Jack was always going to win from the moment he warbled his first note four months ago.

  20. Buddha August 3, 2011 at 8:49 am -

    The kid was/is very, very talented, smart and deserves to go a long way, assuming his career is well managed.

    That said, it was clear that Seven was manipulating his win from day one. Everything from TT to Sunrise to magazines are used to generate buzz using all sorts of angles to justify stories.

    Exactly the same was done for DWTS. Manu was/is a Seven favourite and soon he’ll be everywhere – just as Tom Williams used to be.

    I feel for other contestants in these Seven shows, who don’t really get a level playing field due to Seven management fixing the outcome for their favourites to perceive and create corporate advantage.

  21. Jake August 3, 2011 at 8:48 am -

    Here today…gone tomorrow…..he’s had his 5 seconds of fame….don’t watch the program and won’t buy the album…..

  22. JobbyWobby August 3, 2011 at 8:11 am -

    I never liked him as a singer, he is too screechy and to much yelling. It really annoys my ears, I wonder what the old judges from the original New Faces would have said about him.

    The other young kid was so much better, better singer and a lot better on stage presence.
    Glad that The Bandit did not win, could not understand or hear 70% of the words he was saying.

    As far as talent goes, either Liam or Consentino should have won.

  23. callas August 3, 2011 at 7:41 am -

    Last night’s finale was simply stunning to watch. I was captivated throughout the whole show seeing how it unfolded to the eventual winner being announced. At times I thought I was watching an Olympic Games opening ceremony – the production values were that good !! Congrats to all involved !

  24. Jezza August 3, 2011 at 6:18 am -

    Well done to Jack, just enjoy the win. I hope he has a strong family around him to keep him grounded and not believe all the hype. Whether he has a career after this does not matter, he is only 14 and has got 250k in the bank. Not a bad place to be at this stage of your life……

  25. Jonathon Stone August 3, 2011 at 5:22 am -

    Jack can actually Sing–and a major credit of that should go to his singing teacher.He is way beyond needing the fickle young girls to advance his career-it is mature ears who recognise the quality and ability of his voice that will be his audience.The only thing he[his new manager?] has done wrong so far-is to get new teeth-they are Soooo bad–thank goodness they[the teeth] didn’t alter his voice.

  26. franz chong August 3, 2011 at 1:41 am -

    next Tuesday is four weddings and hopefully all the scheduling finally goes back to Normal.I found it rather frustrating having to wait till 9:15-9:20pm for Winners and Losers It might have been alright last years when Greys Anatomy came on after Australia’s Got Talent but that is no way to treat the W&L fans.

  27. Andrew August 3, 2011 at 1:31 am -

    @Jerome I think they were just saying that the Wild Boys promo was rated PG….but it definatly looked really good.

    Thought Jack would win but didnt want him to….should of been Ben Price, Old Fella or Timomatic in my books

  28. Moanique in Brisbane August 3, 2011 at 1:08 am -

    Thank god you moderate the comments here David, the AGT facebook page is so full of hate for Jack, very sad actually.

  29. Kian August 3, 2011 at 12:30 am -

    I swear I thought I saw Justin Bieber’s brother performing on Seven tonight!

  30. Bruce Banner August 3, 2011 at 12:24 am -

    Has this kids voice broken yet, or will it? I can’t really see anyone other than tween girls enjoying him, and we know how fickle they can be. He will want to stop singing show tunes and diva songs too if he wants any sort of career with the young kids.

    Best of luck to him though, I hope he spends the money wisely.

  31. Matt J August 3, 2011 at 12:07 am -

    And the funny thing is, that in two months everyone will be asking who this Kid is again…! Hahahaha

    Stupid shows.

  32. dave August 2, 2011 at 11:50 pm -

    jack is good ,but do not forgetthat he only won because of votes. More votes does not always mean you are better .Every one tonight was good ,This show should be called “”Australia got talent with the most votes.”” or Australia top talent with a vote.””

  33. Moanique in Brisbane August 2, 2011 at 11:40 pm -

    Great show, Congratulations Jack. The opening production number was fantastic, and the use of crowd favourites that didn’t make it to the grand final was a good call. Jack has got an amazing talent and really deserved the win

  34. Beth August 2, 2011 at 11:23 pm -

    Congrats to the kid…I just hope he changes his hair cut. Reminds me of some other tween pop sensation that gets on peoples nerves.

    I loved the magician He was awesome to watch. I wouldn’t mind going to see his show. The dancers were also fantastic to watch.

  35. DAN August 2, 2011 at 11:20 pm -

    good on him i never watched the show but i did see a clip of him on this site and he is amazing and deserved to win

  36. sameer August 2, 2011 at 11:16 pm -

    i think seven screwed up by announcing the commission of xfactor 2011 after the auditions of agt 2011, i thought there were some good singers on the agt this year and maybe they would of nominated for x factor instead if they knew it was definitely coming back before the agt auditions started., maybe jack would of done xfactor instead.

  37. franz chong August 2, 2011 at 11:12 pm -

    The Right Act Won.I do totally agree though that this is a channel that thinks Home and Away is suitable for Primary/Early Secondary School Kids and Family Guy belongs on a late night Hour and a network that ditched Morning Cartoons for Sunrise almost fifteen years ago.

  38. Carta August 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm -

    Jack is phenomenal! Of course, there are those cynical souls who will insist that it was rigged, but no one can deny that the guy is ridiculously talented. The only real surprise for me was Instant Bun’s ninth place. They toured schools to drum up support (free shows at lunch time) and had a much bigger potential “personal” voting pool of friends/relatives etc. (and they were also brilliant), but obviously, not enough people picked up the phone to vote for them (oh…wait…that’s right…the whole thing was rigged, so the producer’s obviously didn’t want them to come anywhere near the top spot :p). Australia definitely got it right! Well done, Jack!

  39. Geoff August 2, 2011 at 10:32 pm -

    That show was amazing. Wild boys looked good

  40. steve sydney August 2, 2011 at 10:27 pm -

    Well he’s $250,000 richer but I still feel sorry for the kid.

    Just watch and see how fast the vultures descent upon him…

  41. Mr. chandler August 2, 2011 at 10:21 pm -

    the right act won.

  42. Sheba Percy August 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm -

    Yeah Jerome I agree but don’t forget this is a Channel that thinks Home And Away is appropiate for primary school kids..

  43. Jerome August 2, 2011 at 10:07 pm -

    I was sure he would come 2nd no matter who won, and follow in Susan Boyle, Anthony Callea, and Adam Lambert’s footsteps as part of the runner-up club.

    Wild Boys looks excellent, X factor promo was underwhelming for such a great promotional opportunity. did anyone notice Wild Boys is rated PG, that is surprising.

  44. James August 2, 2011 at 9:59 pm -

    Rigged :)

  45. MillerT1 August 2, 2011 at 9:56 pm -

    Yes, those promos were cleverly placed. X Factor has probably been given the best advertisement it can get. Hopefully it does better than last year. Wild Boys promo came out of the blue, wasn’t expecting it to debut right after the show. It just blew me away. I am almost certain that Wild Boys will do well. Finally Packed to the Rafters promo was just great and people will probably be coming back to that show in droves. It’s only been a five month break but it feels like ages since Rafters was on.

  46. Kirk August 2, 2011 at 9:56 pm -

    Congrats jack, the right guy won. His performance of And I Am Telling You in the grand final gave me chills.

  47. MuchoTB August 2, 2011 at 9:49 pm -

    Congratulations Jack.

    I would have liked Consentino to win, but good on him. There’s no denying Jack has talent.

    Wild Boys also doesn’t look too bad but will Australian audiences embrace Melissa Rafter hooking up with Daniel MacPherson?

  48. ryan August 2, 2011 at 9:39 pm -

    seven should of launched the x factor next tuesday!

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