List of The X Factor finalists (Australia series 6)

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The sixth series of The X Factor Australia premiered on the Seven Network on 13 July 2014 and ended on 20 October 2014.[1][2] The judging panel consisted of Ronan Keating, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Redfoo and Dannii Minogue.[3] Keating mentored the Under 25 Girls, Bassingthwaighte mentored the Under 25 Boys, Redfoo mentored the Overs 25s, and Minogue mentored the Groups.[4] Marlisa Punzalan was declared the winner, with Keating emerging as the winning mentor for the second time.[2]

Under 25 Boys[edit]

Adrien Nookadu[edit]

Adrien Nookadu was a 17 year-old contestant from New South Wales.[5] Nookadu comes from a musical family; his father is a musician and his brother is a record producer.[6] Nookadu previously appeared as a performer in the 2012 reboot of the Australian talent show, Young Talent Time.[7][8] Aside from singing, he is also a trained dancer.[6] Nookadu cites Beyoncé, Boyz II Men, Brian McKnight, Frank Ocean, Justin Timberlake, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson, Musiq Soulchild and Stevie Wonder as his musical influences.[9]

He auditioned for The X Factor singing Ocean's song "Thinkin Bout You" and progressed to the super bootcamp round of the competition.[10] For the first challenge of bootcamp, he was placed into a group with three other contestants from his category to perform a song together for the judges.[11] Nookadu made it to the second bootcamp challenge, where he performed a song by Ne-Yo to the judges and a live audience of one thousand.[12] He then progressed to the home visits round in New York City and performed "More Than Words" in front of his mentor Natalie Bassingthwaighte and guest mentor Jennifer Lopez.[13] Bassingthwaighte later selected Nookadu for the live shows.[5] He was in the bottom two for the first time in week one with Trill, but was saved after Bassingthwaighte, Ronan Keating and Redfoo chose to eliminate Trill.[14] Nookadu was in the bottom two again in week three, this time with Sydnee Carter, but was eliminated after the judges' vote went to deadlock and he received the fewest public votes.[15]

Dean Ray[edit]

Main article: Dean Ray
Dean Ray

Dean Ray (born Dean Pritchard) was a 22 year-old contestant from Melbourne, Victoria.[5][16] Ray grew up travelling around Australia with his country music-performing parents.[6] He is a recovering alcoholic and once went into rehab.[16][17] Ray cites Airbourne, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, First Aid Kit, Joss Stone, Phil & Tommy Emmanuel, Son House and Stevie Ray Vaughan as his musical influences.[18] Prior to entering The X Factor, Ray earned a living busking around the streets of Melbourne.[17] He sang "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes at his audition and progressed to the super bootcamp round of the competition.[16] For the first challenge of bootcamp, Ray was placed into a group with three other contestants from his category to perform a song together for the judges.[11] Ray made it to the second bootcamp challenge, where he performed "Yellow" by Coldplay to the judges and a live audience of one thousand.[19] He then progressed to the home visits round in New York City and performed "Dancing Queen" by ABBA in front of his mentor Natalie Bassingthwaighte and guest mentor Jennifer Lopez.[13] Bassingthwaighte later selected Ray for the live shows.[5] After the eliminations of Adrien Nookadu in week three and Tee in week seven, Ray became the last remaining contestant in Bassingthwaighte's category. Ray was in the bottom two for the first time in week nine with Caitlyn Shadbolt, but was saved after Bassingthwaighte, Minogue and Redfoo chose to eliminate Shadbolt.[20] Ray became the runner-up to Marlisa Punzalan.[2]

Tee[edit]

Tee (born Ofisa Toleafoa) was a 24 year-old contestant from New South Wales.[5] He was born in New Zealand and is of Samoan descent.[21] Tee cites his family and Whitney Houston as his musical influences.[22] He previously auditioned for The X Factor in series five but was eliminated during the home visits round.[21] Prior to entering series six, he worked as a retail assistant at the Footlocker store in Cabramatta, New South Wales.[21] Tee auditioned for The X Factor singing "Somebody to Love" by Queen and progressed to the super bootcamp round of the competition.[23] For the first challenge of bootcamp, Tee was placed into a group with three other contestants from his category to perform a song together for the judges.[11] Tee made it to the second bootcamp challenge, where he performed "Angie" by The Rolling Stones to the judges and a live audience of one thousand.[24] He then progressed to the home visits round in New York City and performed "Don't Look Back in Anger" by Oasis in front of his mentor Natalie Bassingthwaighte and guest mentor Jennifer Lopez.[13] Bassingthwaighte later selected Tee for the live shows.[5] He was in the bottom two for the first time in week four with XOX, but was saved after Bassingthwaighte, Keating and Redfoo chose to eliminate XOX.[25] Tee was in the bottom three in week seven with Caitlyn Shadbolt and Jason Heerah and was eliminated after the judges' vote went to deadlock.[26]

Under 25 Girls[edit]

Sydnee Carter[edit]

Sydnee Carter was a 16 year-old contestant from Wanneroo, Western Australia.[27] She unsuccessfully auditioned for The X Factor in series five but said that busking at Fremantle Markets on weekends had helped her build up the confidence to try again.[27] Aside from singing, Carter also plays guitar and writes her own music.[28] She began playing the guitar at the age of six.[27] Carter cites Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Macklemore, Michael Jackson, Rihanna and Taylor Swift as her musical influences.[29] Prior to entering series six of The X Factor, Carter was a student at Sacred Heart College, Sorrento.[27]

She auditioned for The X Factor singing "Youth" by Daughter and received a standing ovation from the judges.[27] She then progressed to the super bootcamp round of the competition. For the first challenge of bootcamp, Carter was placed into a group with three other contestants from her category to perform a song together for the judges.[11] Carter made it to the second bootcamp challenge, where she performed "Tennis Court" by Lorde to the judges and a live audience of one thousand.[11] She then progressed to the home visits round in New York City and performed "We Found Love" by Rihanna in front of her mentor Ronan Keating and guest mentor John Legend.[30] Keating later selected Carter for the live shows.[5] She was in the bottom two for the first time in week three with Adrien Nookadu, but was saved by the public vote after the judges' vote went to deadlock.[15] Carter was in the bottom two again in week five with Jason Heerah, but was eliminated after receiving three votes from Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Dannii Minogue and Redfoo.[31]

Marlisa Punzalan[edit]

Main article: Marlisa Punzalan
Marlisa Punzalan

Marlisa Punzalan was a 15 year-old contestant from Glendenning, New South Wales.[32] She is of Filipino descent and began singing at the age of four.[6][33] Aside from singing, she also plays the piano.[6] Punzalan cites Eva Cassidy and Jessica Mauboy as her musical influences.[34] She previously auditioned for the seventh series of Australia's Got Talent in 2013.[35] Prior to entering The X Factor, she was a student at Mercy Catholic College and a regular performer at charity events, eisteddfods and RSL competitions.[32][35]

Punzalan sang "Yesterday" by The Beatles at her audition and received a standing ovation from the judges.[23] She then progressed to the super bootcamp round of the competition. For the first challenge of bootcamp, Punzalan was placed into a group with three other contestants from her category to perform a song together for the judges.[11] Punzalan made it to the second bootcamp challenge, where she performed Mauboy's song "Never Be the Same" to the judges and a live audience of one thousand.[11] She then progressed to the home visits round in New York City and performed "I'll Stand by You" by The Pretenders in front of her mentor Ronan Keating and guest mentor John Legend.[30] Keating later selected Punzalan for the live shows.[5] Following the eliminations of Sydnee Carter in week five and Caitlyn Shadbolt in week nine, Punzalan became the last remaining contestant in Keating's category. She was in the bottom two for the first time in week ten with Reigan Derry, but was saved by the public vote after the judges' vote went to deadlock.[36] Punzalan went on to become the first winner from the Under 25 Girls category and received a recording contract with Sony Music Australia.[2]

Caitlyn Shadbolt[edit]

Caitlyn Shadbolt was an 19 year-old contestant from Gympie, Queensland.[37] She once studied at the Country Music Association in Tamworth.[6] Shadbolt cites Shania Twain and Carrie Underwood as her musical influences.[37] She auditioned for The X Factor singing "Life Is a Highway" by Tom Cochrane and progressed to the super bootcamp round of the competition.[37] For the first challenge of bootcamp, Shadbolt was placed into a group with three other contestants from her category to perform a song together for the judges.[11] Shadbolt made it to the second bootcamp challenge, where she performed a country rendition of "Brave" by Sara Bareilles to the judges and a live audience of one thousand.[38] She then progressed to the home visits round in New York City and performed "Skyscraper" by Demi Lovato in front of her mentor Ronan Keating and guest mentor John Legend.[30] Keating later selected Shadbolt for the live shows.[5] Shadbolt was in the bottom two for the first time in week six with Rochelle Pitt, but was saved by the public vote after the judges' vote went to deadlock.[39] Shadbolt was in the bottom three in week seven with Tee and Jason Heerah, but was saved after the judges' vote went to deadlock, resulting in Tee's elimination.[26] Shadbolt was in the bottom two again in week nine with Dean Ray, but was eliminated after receiving three votes from Bassingthwaighte, Minogue and Redfoo.[20]

Overs 25s[edit]

Reigan Derry[edit]

Main article: Reigan Derry
Reigan Derry

Reigan Derry was a 26 year-old contestant who is originally from Maida Vale, Western Australia but now lives in Sydney, New South Wales.[5][40] Derry previously appeared as a top twelve finalist on Australian Idol in 2006.[41] From 2007 to 2011, she was a member of the Australian pop duo Scarlett Belle, who performed as a guest on The X Factor in 2010.[42] Derry cites Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Eva Cassidy, Lorde, Rihanna and Shakira as her musical influences.[43] She auditioned for The X Factor singing "Someone like You" by Adele and progressed to the super bootcamp round of the competition.[23] For the first challenge of bootcamp, Derry was placed into a group with two other contestants from her category to perform a song together for the judges.[11] Derry made it to the second bootcamp challenge, where she performed a ballad version of "Numb" by Linkin Park to the judges and a live audience of one thousand.[44] She then progressed to the home visits round in Las Vegas and performed "Locked Out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars in front of her mentor Redfoo and guest mentor Nicole Scherzinger.[13] Redfoo later selected Derry for the live shows.[5] Derry was in the bottom two for the first time in week eight, with Jason Heerah, another act in the Over 25s category, but was saved after the judges' vote went to deadlock and Heerah was eliminated.[45] After the eliminations of Rochelle Pitt in week six and Heerah in week eight, Derry became the last remaining contestant in Redfoo's category. Derry was in the bottom two again in week ten, this time with Marlisa Punzalan, but was eliminated after the judges' vote went to deadlock and she received the fewest public votes.[36]

Jason Heerah[edit]

Jason Heerah was a 31 year-old contestant from Victoria.[5] He is a musician, record producer and father of two.[6][46] Heerah's father taught him how to play the drums and he used to gig with his father's band when he was younger.[46] He cites Bob Marley, John Legend and Stevie Wonder as his musical influences.[47] Heerah sang "Happy" by Pharrell Williams at his audition and progressed to the super bootcamp round of the competition.[48] For the first challenge of bootcamp, Heerah was placed into a group with two other contestants from his category to perform a song together for the judges.[11] Heerah made it to the second bootcamp challenge, where he performed a soulful version of "I Love It" by Icona Pop to the judges and a live audience of one thousand.[44] He then progressed to the home visits round in Las Vegas and performed "Bennie and the Jets" by Elton John in front of his mentor Redfoo and guest mentor Nicole Scherzinger.[13] Redfoo later selected Heerah for the live shows.[5] Heerah was in the bottom two for the first time in week five with Sydnee Carter, but was saved after Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Dannii Minogue and Redfoo chose to eliminate Carter.[31] Heerah was in the bottom three in week seven with Tee and Caitlyn Shadbolt, but after the judges' votes tied with Tee and Shadbolt, Heerah was automatically saved and the vote went to deadlock between the other two, which resulted in Tee's elimination.[26] Heerah was in the bottom two again in week eight, this time with Reigan Derry, another act in the Over 25s, but was eliminated after the judges' vote went to deadlock.[45]

Rochelle Pitt[edit]

Rochelle Pitt was a 41 year-old contestant from Cairns, Queensland.[49] Pitt is an Aboriginal Australian and a Torres Strait Islander.[49] She is also a single mother to four children.[50] Pitt learned how to sing at her local gospel church and was a member of the AustraNesia choir, where she and fellow singers performed at local events.[49] She cites Adele, Aretha Franklin and Jessica Mauboy as her inspirations.[50] Prior to entering The X Factor, Pitt worked two jobs as a registered nurse and care coordinator.[6] She auditioned for the show singing "Chain of Fools" by Aretha Franklin and progressed to the super bootcamp round of the competition.[48] For the first challenge of bootcamp, Pitt was placed into a group with two other contestants from her category to perform a song together for the judges.[51] Pitt made it to the second bootcamp challenge, where she performed "Addicted to You" by Avicii to the judges and a live audience of one thousand.[44] She then progressed to the home visits round in Las Vegas and performed "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin in front of her mentor Redfoo and guest mentor Nicole Scherzinger.[13] Redfoo later selected Pitt for the live shows.[5] Pitt was in the bottom two for the first time in week six with Caitlyn Shadbolt, but was eliminated after the judges' vote went to deadlock.[39]

Groups[edit]

Brothers3[edit]

Main article: Brothers3

Brothers3 are a three-member boy band consisting of brothers Makirum (age 16), Shardyn (age 18) and Tayzin Fahey-Leigh (age 17) from Mudgee, New South Wales.[52] Aside from singing, all members can also play the guitar.[53] Brothers3 cite Earl Scruggs, Guthrie Govan, John Denver, Keith Urban and Queen as their musical influences.[54] Prior to entering The X Factor, they were students at university.[55] Brothers3 sang "Safe & Sound" by Taylor Swift at their audition and progressed to the super bootcamp round of the competition.[53] For the first challenge of bootcamp, they were paired up with another group from their category to perform a song together for the judges.[56] Brothers3 made it to the second bootcamp challenge, where they performed "Story of My Life" by One Direction to the judges and a live audience of one thousand.[44] Brothers3 then progressed to the home visits round in Sydney and performed "Eternal Flame by The Bangles in front of their mentor Dannii Minogue and guest mentors Jessica Mauboy and James Blunt.[57] They were originally eliminated by Minogue during home visits, but were later put forward as her wildcard and won the public vote, ensuring a place in the live shows as the thirteenth finalist.[55] After the eliminations of Trill in week one, Younger Than Yesterday in week two and XOX in week four, Brothers3 became the last remaining act in Minogue's category. Brothers3 finished in third place, behind runner-up Dean Ray and winner Marlisa Punzalan.[2]

Trill[edit]

Trill were a three-member girl group consisting of Sheralyn Hill (age 15 from Victoria), Jessica Jade (age 15 from New South Wales) and Angel Tairua (age 14 from New South Wales).[5] Tairua was previously a grand-finalist on the seventh and last series of Australia's Got Talent, finishing in sixth place.[58] Trill are of Filipino and Māori descent.[33][59] They cite Beyoncé, Destiny's Child, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and TLC as their musical influences.[60] Trill auditioned for The X Factor singing Minaj's song "Super Bass" and received a standing ovation from the judges.[61] Trill then progressed to the super bootcamp round of the competition. For the first challenge of bootcamp, they were paired up with another group from their category to perform a song together for the judges.[56] Trill made it to the second bootcamp challenge, where they performed TLC's song "No Scrubs" to the judges and a live audience of one thousand.[62] Trill then progressed to the home visits round in Sydney and performed "Price Tag" by Jessie J in front of their mentor Dannii Minogue and guest mentors Jessica Mauboy and James Blunt.[57] Minogue later selected Trill for the live shows.[5] They were in the bottom two in week one with Adrien Nookadu and were eliminated after receiving three votes from Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Ronan Keating and Redfoo.[14]

XOX[edit]

XOX were a four-member girl group consisting of Tahnie Cristini (age 19 from Balgownie, New South Wales),[63] Chaska Halliday (age 17 from New South Wales),[5] Nada-Leigh Nasser (age 21 from New South Wales)[5] and Serenity (age 18 from Melbourne, Victoria).[64] Cristini began performing between the ages of three and four,[63] and Serenity is a rapper.[64] Nasser previously auditioned for The X Factor in series five as a member of the group Element, who were eliminated during the super bootcamp round.[65] XOX cite Beyoncé, Bow Wow, Janelle Monae, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Michael Jackson, The Pretty Reckless, Rihanna and Rita Ora as their musical influences.[66]

All members originally auditioned for The X Factor as solo contestants and progressed to the super bootcamp round, where they were put together by the judges after the first bootcamp challenge.[67] XOX then progressed to the second bootcamp challenge, where they performed "Boom Boom Pow" by The Black Eyed Peas to the judges and a live audience of one thousand.[44] XOX made it to the home visits round in Sydney and performed "What a Man" in front of their mentor Dannii Minogue and guest mentors Jessica Mauboy and James Blunt.[57] Minogue later selected XOX for the live shows.[5] They were in the bottom two for the first time in week two with Younger Than Yesterday, but were saved after Bassingthwaighte, Keating and Redfoo chose to eliminate Younger Than Yesterday.[68] XOX were in the bottom two again in week four with Tee and were eliminated after receiving three votes from Bassingthwaighte, Keating and Redfoo.[25]

Younger Than Yesterday[edit]

Younger Than Yesterday were a three-member boy band consisting of Ellis Hall (from Elanora Heights, New South Wales),[69] Harry Targett (from Eaton, Western Australia)[28] and Joel Watson (from Mount Waverley, Victoria); all of which are aged 16.[70] Hall previously auditioned for The X Factor in series five as a member of the group Straight Up, who were eliminated during the home visits round.[71][72] Prior to entering the show, he was a student at The Australian Institute of Music in Surry Hills, New South Wales.[69] Hall cites Ed Sheeran as his musical inspiration and also plays the guitar.[69] Prior to Targett entering The X Factor, he was a student at Australind Senior High School.[28] Aside from singing, Targett is also a dancer, plays the guitar and writes his own music.[28] He began training as a dancer at the age of five.[73] In 2013, Targett served as a backup dancer during Guy Sebastian's opening set for Taylor Swift's Australian leg of her Red Tour.[73] Watson began singing and playing the guitar at the age of ten.[70] Prior to entering The X Factor, he was a student at Mazenod College, Victoria.[70] Younger Than Yesterday described their musical style as "rock pop" in the vein of The Vamps, One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer.[67] They cite Bon Iver, Chet Faker, Ed Sheeran, James Arthur, John Mayer, Matt Corby, Sam Smith and The Vamps as their musical influences.[74]

All members originally auditioned for The X Factor as solo contestants and progressed to the super bootcamp round, where they were put together by the judges after the first bootcamp challenge.[67] Younger Than Yesterday then progressed to the second bootcamp challenge, where they performed "Faith" by George Michael to the judges and a live audience of one thousand.[44] Younger Than Yesterday made it to the home visits round in Sydney and performed "What I Like About You" by The Romantics in front of their mentor Dannii Minogue and guest mentors Jessica Mauboy and James Blunt.[57] Minogue later selected Younger Than Yesterday for the live shows.[5] They were in the bottom two for the first time in week two with XOX and were eliminated after receiving three votes from Bassingthwaighte, Keating and Redfoo.[68]

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