It’s the tightest result ever, with only 0.01 percent difference, announced The X Factor Australia host Luke Jacobz.
That 0.01 percent difference made Filipino teener Marlisa Ann Punzalan the grand winner in this year’s edition of the reality show Down Under over debonair rocker Dean Ray.
Marlisa almost did not make the cut to The X Factor Australia 2014 grand finals as she battled for the last slot with Reigan Derry last week. Fortunately, she got more votes to join Brothers 3 and Dean Ray.
On Sunday, the finalists sang their audition song.
Marlisa started the round with her version of Yesterday by the Beatles.
Singing the same piece in the grand finals already with her confidence built up, the audience and the judges gave her a standing ovation, which mentor Ronan Keating said she was getting it at the most perfect time.
The final song for the Best Moment was Titanium, which mentor-judge Dannii Minogue said was the game-changer as it’s in this performance that Marlisa stepped out of herself, adding that her edge is her vulnerability mixed with her strength, and should not change a thing.
Redfoo commented that Marlisa is like wine, getting better and better every time and advised her to keep the fierce attitude when she performs as it’s her edge (over the other finalists).
Natalie Bassingthwaighte said that it’s amazing to see Marlisa in the grand finals, as she joined the show with a powerful voice but didn’t know what to do with it. Things have changed in so short a time that at school people didn’t even know her name, but now everyone in Australia knows who she is.
Marlisa also performed her Bootcamp piece Never Be The Same with no less than the singer of the monster hit, Jessica Mauboy herself (runner-up in the Australian Idol fourth edition in 2006).
Dean Ray performed with Olly Murs and Brothers 3 did theirs with Guy Sebastian.
Superstar Taylor Swift was the big guest performer with her Shake It Off.
On Results Night, Marlisa was the first to advance to the sing-off. Brothers 3 was sent to the back burner and it was her and Dean Ray slugging out for the title.
Her Winner’s Single, Stand By You, elicited comment from Foo that it’s a sure monster hit, and Ronan saw the song to be a sure number one as soon as it hits the market.
Marlisa’s big surprise upon the announcement that she’s the winner showed on her expression.
Dean Ray, the gentleman that he is, hugged Marlisa and Ronan, then literally swept the young singer off the floor. It was a picture of the rival accepting the result wholeheartedly.
Ronan commented about Marlisa’s interview published in the papers that she hoped she was as confident as the other girls.
He advised her ward that she should not change a thing, as now people look for authenticity and Marlisa is so authentic, unlike in previous years that pop idols were manufactured.
“Who you are is so endearing. The fact that you are not over confident in this show is so refreshing. Who you are is everything.
“You know what, there was a time that manufactured pop music was important and that is what people want, and believe me, I know, but not anymore. Right now it’s all about authenticity, and you are so authentic, you are so real.
“You know, you’re too young to be affected by other people and other things. You are not affected by the bright lights and the fame of the show in any way. And I love that about you, I love that, every single week working with you.
“They say that ‘good guys or good girls finish last.’ I don’t believe that, and I hope that’s not the way it’s gonna be tonight. If this is my last year on the show, I hope that I can leave a worthy winner like you. Well done,” he said.
In the homecoming tour/concert, Marlisa was so surprised by the turnout of people in her school, Mercy Catholic College in Chatswood, New South Wales. She even attended her Math class with Ronan. The teacher asked the Boyzone lead singer what’s the factor of 12. The schoolgirl Marlisa whispered the answer to him.
Ronan also had a taste of Filipino culture and hospitality when they visited Marlisa’s home as he was enjoined to do traditional Igorot dance steps.
Marlisa posted on Monday:
“My X Factor Journey has been incredible because of the beautiful people around me. To my loving family, thank you for standing by me through thick and thin, you are my rock and my strength!
“Also, behind the scenes are passionate and dedicated professionals and I thank all the crew at X Factor for the unbelievable effort they put into the best talent show in Australia.
“Thank you also for the rare opportunity that Sony Music Entertainment presents to ordinary Australians like me starting a career in music.
“Thank you to Ronan Keating for believing in my ability and nurturing my talent, I have enjoyed every single day of working with you.
“And to all my supporters, thank you for getting behind me every single week, for I will not be where I am today without your support. And to The Lord above, I thank Him for everything.”
Within 24 hours from release, Marlisa’s debut single is already topping iTunes in several countries, to wit: #1 Australia, #1 Philippines, #1 Qatar, #1 United Arab Emirates.
It also entered the top charts in several others: #5 Singapore, #7 Saudi Arabia, #47 Hong Kong, #61 Bermuda, #89 Sweden, #117 Norway and #176 Macau.
Click link to watch announcement of Marlisa as winner singing her debut single https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8onLpiYW5g&index=1&list=UUTJAIsNx88v0e0nBgQ4PpVA
Click link for Marlisa’s finale performance of Titanium https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8yeCWPL9_k&list=UUTJAIsNx88v0e0nBgQ4PpVA
Videos from the official YouTube channel of X Factor Australia YAHOO7.COM.AU/XFACTOR
Other video posts:
- Audition Song Yesterday http://youtu.be/hMkGP_BoOEM
- Duet with Jessica Mauboy Never Be The Same Again http://youtu.be/tCDZHnQAz-0
- Duet with Dean Ray http://youtu.be/GCUNrqkMmqM
- Duet with Dean Ray video #2 http://youtu.be/vysbehClCVI
- Winner’s Single Stand By You http://youtu.be/FJlelnEEO8w
- Winner Announcement and Winner’s debut single http://youtu.be/vht_eePwIts
- Results http://youtu.be/Toh7VibChiA
- Top 3 http://youtu.be/9gH-kAdNUIE
- Marlisa thanks everyone https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=757115667659178&set=vb.112705558766862&type=2&theater
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- ‘Impossible’ but ‘Girl On Fire’ Filipina teener Marlisa gets into ‘X Factor Australia 2014’ grand finals with ‘Help’ from viewers https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/10/18/impossible-but-girl-on-fire-filipina-teener-marlisa-gets-into-x-factor-australia-2014-grand-finals-with-help-from-viewers/
- Marlisa Punzalan safely sails through ‘X Factor Australia’ Top 6 https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/marlisa-punzalan-safely-sails-through-x-factor-australia-top-6/
- Filipina Marlisa Punzalan advances to ‘X Factor Australia 2014’ Top 7, remains mentor Ronan Keating’s strongest bet https://arloc888.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/filipina-marlisa-punzalan-advances-to-x-factor-australia-2014-top-7-remains-mentor-ronan-keatings-strongest-bet/
Photos from ‘The X Factor – Australia’ official Facebook Page