The Queensland vocalist was always the favourite to win after a string of stand-out performances, mentored by Dannii Minogue.
20 year old singer-guitarist Taylor Henderson was Runner-Up, with 14 year old schoolboy Jai Waetford in third place.
Dami Im’s rise throughout the contest has been marked by power ballads and striking, eclectic costumes, while the strength of her vocals has elicited repeated standing ovations. Im, who migrated to Australia from South Korea at the age of 9, also benefited from the judges changing the category from Under 25s to Under 24s and Matt Gresham who had to withdraw.
Im already has over 1,000,000 views on YouTube. As a result of winning the contest she now has a SONY recording contract. Her debut single will be Alive.
“I can’t believe it. I don’t believe that I won because I’m better than everybody else. I just believe that God has given me this talent for a purpose,” she said.
“I want to use it to help people like me who are really daggy losers, and use it to encourage people and give them hope.
“They can do it too if they go for it.”
Ronan Keating’s two finalists were split at the penultimate moment. Taylor Henderson, from Ceres near Geelong, was previously a finalist in Australia’s Got Talent after competing as a duo with his father.
“I’m so thankful that I’m here, it’s just been incredible,” he said.
Jai Waetford, from Campbelltown, displayed maturity beyond his 14 years in a Reality TV spotlight that has seen others buckle under the pressure.
Seven’s fourth series (and the fifth in Australia) shows no signs of abating, with bumper ratings underpinning Seven’s fourth quarter in the 2013 ratings. On Sunday night it pipped 2 million viewers.
Seven begins its audition tour in Canberra on November 7th.
This post updates.