Beau Monga

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Beau Monga
Birth nameBeau Monga[1]
Born (1994-04-14) 14 April 1994 (age 25)
Manurewa, New Zealand
GenresHip hop, pop
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, beatboxer, DJ
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, beatbox, loop pedal
Years active2015–present

Beau Monga (born 14 April 1994) is a New Zealand singer/beatboxer from Manurewa, who won the second season of the New Zealand version of The X Factor.[2]

Early life[edit]

Monga was born in South Auckland in 1994. He is the son of Betty-Anne and Ryan Monga of the group Ardijah.

Musical influence[edit]

Monga cites his parents, James Brown and Michael Jackson as his main musical influences.[3]

The X Factor[edit]

At his audition, Monga performed a version of "Hit the Road Jack" using a loop pedal. He received a standing ovation from all four judges and positive comments. His audition has received over 4,000,000 combined views on Facebook and YouTube after going viral online.[4] After the elimination of Nofo Lameko on week 2 and Stevie Tonks in week 9, Beau was the final act on the boys category who progressed through to the grand final. Going into the grand final, Beau is also the only act in series 2 who has never landed in the bottom two. He eventually won the series after beating Nyssa Collins and Brendon Thomas and The Vibes in the grand final. He was initially mentored by Natalia Kills, but was replaced by former Australian judge Natalie Bassingthwaighte after Kills was removed from the show due to a bullying controversy in the first live show.[citation needed] He is the first (and to date only) male winner of The X Factor NZ.

Performances on The X Factor[edit]

Episode Theme Song choice Original artist Order Result
Auditions Auditioner's choice "Hit the Road Jack" Ray Charles N/A Advanced
Bootcamp, Part 1 Group performance N/A N/A N/A Advanced
Bootcamp, Part 2 6 Chair Challenge "No Diggity" Blackstreet 1 Advanced
Judges' retreats Contestant's choice "King and Queen" Beau Monga 3 Advanced
Live show 1 Judges' choice "Jammin" Bob Marley 2 Safe
Live show 2 Biggest records right now "Happy"/"Beat It" Pharrell Williams/ Michael Jackson 8 Safe
Live show 3 Songs of summer "Señorita" Justin Timberlake 3 Safe
Live show 4 One-hit wonders "Freestyler" Bomfunk MC's 10 Safe
Live show 5 Ed Sheeran vs. Taylor Swift "I Knew You Were Trouble" Taylor Swift 3 Safe
Live show 6 Celebrities' choice "Gold Digger" (chosen By DJ Sir-vere) Kanye West 7 Safe
Live show 7 Musical heroes "Goody Goody" Frankie Lymon 3 Safe
Live show 8 Kiwi artists "Fade Away" Che Fu 5 Safe
Live show 9 Number ones "My Love"/"La La La" Justin Timberlake/ Naughty Boy 2 Safe
Songs for Mum "Silly Love Songs" Wings/Ardijah 5
Live show 10 Party Songs "Insane in the Brain" Cypress Hill 3 Winner
Judge's Choice "The Roimata Song" Brother Love 4
Grand Final Results Audition Song "Hit the Road Jack" Ray Charles 1
Winner's Single "King and Queen" Beau Monga 4

Discography[edit]

Digital releases from The X Factor[edit]

Title Peak positions[5][6]
NZ Artists
"Jamming" 55
"Happy" 87
"Señorita" -
"Freestyler" -
"I Knew You Were Trouble" 69
"Gold Digger" 20
"Goody Goody" 48
"Fade Away" 75
"My Love"/"La La La" -
"Silly Love Songs" 47
"Insane in the Brain" 56
"The Roimata Song" 7
"Hit the Road Jack" 34
"-" denotes a single that did not chart.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak position[7] Certifications Sales
NZ
2015 "King and Queen" 2 RMNZ: Gold 7,500^
"-" denotes a single that did not chart.

Albums[edit]

Year Title Peak positions[7] Certifications
NZ
2015 Beau Monga 2
"-" denotes a single that did not chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beau Monga Pop Quiz". tv3.co.nz.
  2. ^ "Beau Monga - Contestants - The X Factor NZ - Shows - TV3". tv3.co.nz.
  3. ^ "Meet Beau". tv3.co.nz.
  4. ^ Scherer, Julie (2 March 2015). "X Factor recap: Outrage and tears". Stuff. Fairfax. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Top 20 New Zealand Singles Chart - The Official New Zealand Music Chart". THE OFFICIAL NZ MUSIC CHART.
  6. ^ "Beau Monga Chart Profile And Statistics - HOT100NZ". HOT100NZ. Archived from the original on 2015-05-20.
  7. ^ a b "DISCOGRAPHY BEAU MONGA". charts.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 July 2015.