Fil-Aussie Cyrus Villanueva wins 'X Factor Australia'

(Philstar.com) - November 24, 2015 - 6:11am

MANILA, Philippines - Filipino-Australian Cyrus Villanueva is declared the winner of the seventh season of "X Factor Australia" during the show's grand finals on Tuesday.

The 17-year-old singer bested two other finalists, Jess and Matt and Louise Adams, to win the competition.

Jess and Matt from the Groups category were eliminated earlier during the finale, which left Louise from the Over 25s category and Cyrus from the Under 25 Boys category as the last contestants standing.

But in the end, it was the Fil-Aussie who took home the crown.

"I can't thank everyone enough,” Cyrus said after being announced as the winner. “I want to thank my beautiful family and friends, all the other contestants, the judges, Chris [Isaak], of course. I couldn't have had a better mentor than you.”

On Monday, Cyrus performed three songs: his audition song "Earned It" by Canadian singer The Weeknd, Nick Jonas' "Jealous" for his Grand Finals song and "Stone" for his winner's song, which will be his debut single as the winner of "X Factor Australia."

Watch Cyrus sing "Earned It" in the video below:

Watch Cyrus sing "Stone" in the video below:

His mentor Chris Isaak said of his performance: “That’s it for me mentoring you, I guess. It’s sad for me in a way because I had so much fun working with you. I have learned so much from you. You know, I might ask back for that handkerchief I gave you early on when you started crying, because now I’m crying.”

"There has been a level of perfection to your performances tonight that no one can deny," judge Danii Minogue said.

Last year, Filipina teen Marlisa Punsalan won the sixth season of "X Factor Australia."

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