List of The X Factor finalists (Australia series 5)

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The fifth series of The X Factor Australia premiered on the Seven Network on 29 July 2013 and ended on 28 October 2013.[1][2] The judging panel consisted of Ronan Keating, Redfoo, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Dannii Minogue. Keating mentored the Under 24 Boys, Redfoo mentored the Under 24 Girls, Bassingthwaighte mentored the Groups and Minogue mentored the Over 24s.[3] Dami Im was declared the winner, with Minogue emerging as the winning mentor for the first time on the Australian version.[2]

Under 24 Boys[edit]

Omar Dean[edit]

Omar Dean was a 20 year-old contestant from Melbourne, Victoria[3] who auditioned for The X Factor singing "Climax" by Usher.[4] Dean stated that his "own desire and passion" and encouragement from family and friends inspired him to audition.[4] At the age of 15, Dean was bullied at school for being overweight.[5] He turned to music to cope with the bullying.[6] Dean's mother Rania then sent him to the United States to start a health kick.[5] He later returned to Australia as "a completely different person."[5] Dean cites Usher, Justin Bieber and Justin Timberlake as his musical influences.[4] Dean landed in the final showdown in week seven with Jiordan Tolli after receiving the fewest public votes.[7] He was eventually eliminated from the competition after the judges decision went to deadlock, and he received the fewest amount of votes, finishing sixth.[7]

Taylor Henderson[edit]

Main article: Taylor Henderson
Taylor Henderson

Taylor Henderson was a 20 year-old contestant from Ceres, Victoria[8] who sang "Some Nights" by Fun at his audition.[9] Henderson stated that his family inspired him to audition for The X Factor.[9] Henderson plays guitar and writes his own songs.[6][10] He cites Matt Corby, Michael Jackson, John Mayer, James Morrison, Jason Mraz, Ed Sheeran and Justin Timberlake as his musical influences.[9] Henderson was born with Marcus Gunn Jaw-winking Syndrome.[11] He lived with his father Cameron and his two sisters Bridey and Gemma on a farm.[8][11] Henderson and Cameron were finalists in the fourth series of Australia's Got Talent; Henderson finished in third place and Cameron was runner-up.[12] Prior to entering The X Factor, he worked as a labourer.[6] After Henderson became the runner-up to Dami Im, he received a recording contract with Sony Music Australia.[13]

Jai Waetford[edit]

Main article: Jai Waetford
Jai Waetford

Jai Waetford was a 14 year-old contestant from Campbelltown, New South Wales[14] who sang two songs at his audition. The first was "Different Worlds" by Jes Hudak and the second was an original song titled "Don't Let Me Go".[15] Waetford's family and friends inspired him to audition for The X Factor.[15] He lived with his mother Alana Dow and grandparents Hannah and Roger Dow.[16] Waetford's father, who moved to Switzerland, left him and his mother when he was young.[14][17] However, they still keep in contact.[17] Waetford has been compared by many to Justin Bieber.[14][16] He plays guitar and writes his own songs.[16] Waetford taught himself how to play guitar from watching videos on YouTube.[6] He cites Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Elvis Presley, Guy Sebastian and Stevie Wonder as his musical influences.[15] Prior to entering The X Factor, Waetford was a student at Campbelltown Performing Arts High School.[14] He placed third in the competition and received a recording contract with Sony Music Australia.[13]

Under 24 Girls[edit]

Joelle Hadjia[edit]

Main article: Joelle Hadjia
Joelle Hadjia

Joelle Hadjia was a 22 year-old contestant from Sydney, New South Wales[3] who sang "Don't You Worry Child" by Swedish House Mafia at her audition.[18] Hadjia previously auditioned in the fourth series as a member of the female duo Good Question, who were eliminated during the home visits stage.[6] She cites Beyoncé, Drake, Rihanna, The Weeknd, Chris Brown, Lauryn Hill, Keri Hilson, Jessie J, John Legend, Rita Ora, Kelly Rowland, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift as her musical influences.[18] Prior to entering The X Factor, Hadjia was a student at the University of Western Sydney.[19] She dated South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league player Sam Burgess.[20] Hadjia was in the bottom two in the second week of the live shows, alongside Cat Vas.[21] She was saved from elimination after Keating, Bassingthwaighte and Redfoo all voted to send Vas home.[21] Hadjia was again in the bottom two with Jiordan Tolli in week five, both acts from Redfoo's category.[22] This time, she was eliminated, placing eighth.[22]

Ellie Lovegrove[edit]

Ellie Lovegrove (born 17 April 1994)[23] was a 19 year-old contestant from Adelaide, South Australia[3] who auditioned for The X Factor singing "Girl on Fire" by Alicia Keys.[23] Lovegrove is an Indigenous Australian and a descendant of the Ngarrindjeri nation.[24] She has four older brothers.[23] Her father, who died when she was 10 years-old, was a country music singer and inspired her passion for music.[24] Lovegrove began performing country music at the age of 12.[24] She cites Beyoncé, Casey Donovan, Jessica Mauboy, Archie Roach and Gurrumul Yunupingu as her musical influences.[23][24] Prior to entering The X Factor, Lovegrove was a university student and did a lot of volunteering for the Aboriginal community.[6] Lovegrove landed in the final showdown in week four with JTR after receiving the fewest public votes.[25] She was eventually eliminated from the competition after the judges decision went to deadlock, and she received the fewest amount of votes, finishing ninth.[25]

Jiordan Tolli[edit]

Main article: Jiordan Tolli

Jiordan Tolli was a 19 year-old contestant from Melbourne, Victoria[3] who sang Birdy's version of "People Help the People" at her audition.[26] Tolli's mother inspired her to audition for The X Factor.[26] She cites Birdy, Jewel, Lorde, Lana Del Rey and Norah Jones as her musical influences.[26] From 1994 to 2001, Tolli played Louise "Lolly" Carpenter on the Australian soap opera Neighbours.[27] Prior to entering The X Factor, she performed in a lot of musical theatre.[6] In week five of the live shows, Tolli fell into the bottom two alongside Joelle Hadjia but was saved after Keating, Bassingthwaighte and Minogue all opted to eliminate Hadjia.[22] Following the eliminations of Hadjia and Ellie Lovegrove, Tolli became the only remaining contestant in the Under 24 Girls category. She was in the final showdown again in week seven with Omar Dean and after the judges decision went to deadlock, it was revealed that Dean received the fewest votes and was eliminated.[7] Tolli was eventually eliminated from the competition in week eight, after the judges decision went to deadlock, and she received the fewest amount of votes, finishing fifth.[28]

Over 24s[edit]

Dami Im[edit]

Main article: Dami Im
Dami Im

Dami Im was a 24 year-old contestant from Daisy Hill, Queensland[29] who sang "Hero" by Mariah Carey at her audition.[30] Im was initially a contestant in the Under 25 Girls category, however, once the minimum age for the Overs category was changed from 25 to 24, she became part of the newly formed Over 24s category. Im was initially eliminated during the super bootcamp stage, but was called back for the home visits to replace Matt Gresham who decided he could not commit to the competition.[31] She was born in South Korea and migrated to Australia at the age of nine, with her mother and younger brother.[30][32] Im's father stayed in South Korea to send the family money.[32] Her parents now live together, spending part of the year in Australia and part in South Korea.[32] At the age of 11, Im began studying at the Young Conservatorium of Music program at Griffith University.[33] She attended John Paul College in Daisy Hill and graduated in 2005.[34] Im is a member of the Brisbane Full Gospel Church in Eight Mile Plains, Queensland.[35] In 2010, she released an album titled Dream, which was recorded to raise money for church endeavours.[35] Im met Noah Kim, a former Korean military serviceman, at the church and they were married in Seoul in late 2012.[35]

Aside from singing, Im is also a violin player and pianist.[30][35] She became the National Finalist of the Yamaha Youth Piano Competition, and won the Nora Baird Scholarship and the Queensland Piano Competition several times.[33] In 2009, Im graduated from the University of Queensland with first class honours for her Bachelor of Music.[36] She cites Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, Norah Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae and Chris Tomlin as her musical influences.[30] Prior to entering The X Factor, Im was a music and piano teacher.[6] Following the eliminations of Cat Vas and Barry Southgate, Im became the only remaining contestant in the Over 24s category. She was announced as the winner on 28 October 2013, and received a recording contract with Sony Music Australia.[13]

Barry Southgate[edit]

Barry Southgate

Barry Southgate was a 30 year-old contestant from Kellyville, New South Wales[37] who auditioned for The X Factor singing "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green.[38] Southgate stated that his second mother Audrey Phillips, who had terminal cancer at the time, inspired him to audition.[38] Southgate is of African, English, German and Indonesian descent.[39] He was born in Cape Town, South Africa and moved to New Zealand, with his parents and two younger brothers, during his teenage years.[39] In 2003, Southgate moved to Sydney as part of the singing and dancing group Jireh.[39] The group disbanded in 2004, and later that year Southgate was a top 30 finalist on the second season of Australian Idol.[39] In 2012, he auditioned for the first season of The Voice Australia, and appeared in the musical film The Sapphires as a singing sailor.[40] Southgate cites Boyz II Men, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Richard Marx, Brian McKnight, Justin Timberlake and Stevie Wonder as his musical influences.[38] Prior to entering The X Factor, he was a vocal teacher and performed as an opening act for Joe, Eric Benét, Brian McKnight and Tinie Tempah.[6][41] Southgate landed in the final showdown in week one with Adira-Belle after receiving the fewest public votes, but was saved by Keating, Minogue and Redfoo.[42] Southgate was in the final showdown again in week three with JTR and was eventually eliminated from the competition after Keating, Bassingthwaighte and Redfoo chose to save JTR.[43]

Cat Vas[edit]

Cat Vas was a 27 year-old contestant who sang "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers at her audition.[44] Vas stated that hearing series four winner Samantha Jade's story about "trying to crack the music industry for ages" inspired her to audition for The X Factor.[44] Vas is originally from Adelaide, South Australia but moved to Sydney, New South Wales.[44] She is a Greek Australian and is the daughter of a minister.[6][8] From the age of four to 16, Vas suffered from an immune disorder.[45] She cites Feist, Haim, Robyn, Lykke Li, Katy Perry and Regina Spektor as her musical influences.[44] Prior to entering The X Factor, Vas was a music teacher.[6] Vas landed in the final showdown in week two with Joelle Hadjia after receiving the fewest public votes.[21] She was eventually eliminated from the competition after Keating, Bassingthwaighte and Redfoo chose to save Hadjia.[21]

Groups[edit]

Adira-Belle[edit]

Adira-Belle were a four-member girl group that consisted of Kia (aged 17 from Sydney, New South Wales),[46] Naomie (aged 19 from Sydney, New South Wales),[46] Evelyn Evbuomwan (aged 19 from Glenwood, New South Wales)[47] and Temy Ntshangase (aged 17 from Campbelltown, New South Wales).[48] Adira-Belle auditioned for The X Factor singing "Rumour Has It" by Adele.[46] Evelyn and Naomie were childhood friends and Temy and Kia met at an audition and through mutual friends.[46] Adira-Belle were formed after each member auditioned individually in the fourth series.[6] They cited Beyoncé, Destiny's Child, En Vogue and Rihanna as their musical influences.[46] Prior to entering The X Factor, Adira-Belle worked at a chicken takeaway shop.[8]

Temy (formerly known as Temgazi Tshangase) was born in Swaziland, Africa and began singing at the age of two.[48][49] She is the daughter of popular gospel singer and music producer Thulani Tshangase.[49] Temy did her primary education at Ka-Zakhali Private School, Khanyisile Private School and S.O.S in Mbabane.[49] At the age of seven, Temy moved to England with her mother Thabisile Xaba-Jele and stepfather, and they lived there for four-and-a-half years.[48][49] In 2006, she starred in the documentary film The Exodus Decoded.[49] She moved to Australia the age of 11.[48] Prior to entering The X Factor, Temy was a student at Campbelltown High School of the Performing Arts with fellow X Factor contestant Jai Waetford.[48] Adira-Belle landed in the final showdown in week one with Barry Southgate after receiving the fewest public votes.[42] They were eventually eliminated from the competition after Keating, Minogue and Redfoo chose to save Southgate.[42]

JTR[edit]

Main article: JTR (band)

JTR are a boy band made up of brothers John (aged 23), Tom (aged 20) and Robin Lundback (aged 19).[50][51] They auditioned for The X Factor singing "As Long as You Love Me" by Justin Bieber.[50] JTR are originally from Sweden but moved with their mother to Cornubia, Queensland three months before auditioning for The X Factor.[8][29] They cite Dappy, Justin Bieber, John Mayer, Gavin DeGraw, Jessie J and Ed Sheeran as their musical influences.[50] JTR landed in the final showdown in week three with Barry Southgate after receiving the fewest public votes, but were saved by Keating, Bassingthwaighte and Redfoo.[43] JTR were in the final showdown again in week four with Ellie Lovegrove, and after the judges decision went to deadlock, it was revealed that Lovegrove received the fewest votes and was eliminated.[25] JTR were eventually eliminated from the competition in week six, after Keating, Minogue and Redfoo chose to save Third Degree.[52]

JTR's debut single "Ride" was released on 3 February 2014, through Trinity Records.[53] Their debut studio album Touchdown was released on 7 March 2014,[54] and debuted at number 44 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[55]

Third Degree[edit]

Main article: Third Degree (band)
Third Degree

Third Degree was a mixed group that consisted of Kelebek (aged 18 from Albury, New South Wales), Jacinta Gulisano (aged 19 from Sydney, New South Wales) and Jordan Rodrigues (aged 18 from Melbourne, Victoria).[3][56] They cited Beyoncé, Eve, Slaughterhouse, Usher, The Black Eyed Peas, Chris Brown, Missy Elliott, Jessie J, Michael Jackson and Amy Winehouse as their musical influences.[56] Kelebek is of Filipino and German descent.[57] She previously auditioned for The X Factor in the fourth series, under her birth name Vanessa Skrypczak, and made it to the top 24.[58][59] Gulisano was a semi-finalist in the third series of Australia's Got Talent, as a member of the singing trio Soundcheck.[60][61] She was a student at Aquinas College in Menai, New South Wales.[60] Prior to entering The X Factor, Gulisano was a vocal coach and dance teacher.[62] In 2013, it was revealed she had been dating Dance Academy actor Jordan Rodrigues.[63]

Third Degree all auditioned as solo contestants and were eliminated during the super bootcamp stage. However, the judges called them back to form a mixed group for the Groups category and they progressed to the home visits stage. Third Degree landed in the final showdown in week six of the live shows with JTR after receiving the fewest public votes, but were saved by Keating, Minogue and Redfoo.[52] Following the eliminations of Adira-Belle and JTR, Third Degree became the only remaining act in the Groups category. They were in the final showdown again in week eight with Jiordan Tolli, and after the judges decision went to deadlock, it was revealed that Tolli received the fewest votes and was eliminated.[28] Third Degree were eliminated from the competition in week nine, after the judges decision went to deadlock, and they received the fewest amount of votes, finishing fourth.[64]

Third Degree received a recording contract with Sony Music Australia after they left the competition.[13] On 7 March 2014, it was announced that Kelebek had left the group, leaving Gulisano and Rodrigues as a duo.[65] Third Degree's name was later changed to The Clique and are no longer signed to Sony Music Australia.[66]

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