Fifteen-year-old Marlisa Punzalan on Monday showed Australia that she has “The X Factor” as she was announced grand winner of The X Factor Australia 2014, making her the youngest champion of the talent search across its six seasons since 2005.
The victory of Punzalan, whose parents are both Filipino based in suburb Mount Druitt in Sydney, comes nine months after former caregiver Rose Fostanes, also a Filipina, won “The X Factor Israel.”
Punzalan’s win by public votes was bolstered by raves from judges during Sunday’s performance night. She reprised The Beatles’ “Yesterday,” her audition piece, and got a standing ovation for her powerful performance of “Stand By You,” her would-be first single as the winner.
On Sunday night, part one of the finale was watched by 1.316 million nationwide, making it the most watched show on television. It was the highest ratings that The X Factor had delivered to date this series, with overall audience figures down 25 per cent on last series.
The end appears not to be nigh for the show yet, though; Channel Seven is already advertising auditions for next year’s series.