Fil-Aussie wins X Factor Australia: Cyrus Villanueva

Cyrus wins it

IMG_3396He’s the ‘virus’ that Channel 7 viewers would love to catch.

A new star is born in the person of Cyrus Villanueva who won Channel 7 X Factor Australia on Tuesday night.

The stage burst into a party-like scene as Cyrus’ friends, family and supporters rushed to hug him.
Cyrus could hardly find the words to say. He choked with emotion.

“I thank God for the talent that he gave me … I just want to share this with everyone else. I wanna thank all my fans and everyone who supported me,” said Filipino-Australian Cyrus who resides in Wollongong, NSW.

The look of near disbelief was still visible on Cyrus’s face when he started singing ‘Stone’ – the debut signle that will be released in his name as part of his prize deal.

IMG_3399Music-loving Pinoys in Oz, many glued to their TV, and his legions of ‘Cyrus Virus’ fans in the studio were ecstatic when the Wollongong-based Fil-Aussie was announced the winner.

“I’ve had so much fun and I had grown so much as a person and as an artist,” Cyrus said earlier just after his last performance at X Factor Australia for being in the Top Two alongside Louise Adams.

He sang ‘Wicked Game’ in his last act – the same song that gave him the judges’ nod and the people’s attention several episodes ago.

“Cyrus is the great singer who can sing an old song in a new way,” said his mentor Chris Isaak.

“This is not just about the singing, you have something that move the people … you move the room like nobody else,” judge Dannii Minogue told Cyrus after his performance. Ms. Minogue guessed it right. When asked by the show host, Ms. Minogue said she thought it would be Cyrus who will win the title.

Cyrus’ entry into the finals of X Factor Australia created an excitement among Pinoys in Australia. His journey in the finals has been closely followed in the social media.

Cyrus Villanueva, 19, comes from a musical family; both his father and brother are professional entertainers. Prior to entering The X Factor, Villanueva studied graphic design, did gigs in bars and cafes. Aside from singing, he also plays the guitar and piano.

Cyrus becomes the second Fil-Aussie to win the prestigious title.

Last year, young Filipino-Australian Marlisa Punzalan of Blacktown won the X Factor title.

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