Jack Vidgen

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Jack Vidgen
Jack Vidgen, August 2012.jpg
Vidgen at The Sapphires Australian Premiere in August 2012.
Background information
Born (1997-01-17) 17 January 1997 (age 20)
Origin Mona Vale, New South Wales[1]
Genres Pop, soul
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar, piano, violin[2]
Years active 2011–present
Website jackvidgen.com

Jack Vidgen (born 17 January 1997)[3] is an Australian singer, best known for winning the fifth season of Australia's Got Talent. He subsequently signed a recording contract with Sony Music Australia. His debut single, "Yes I Am", was released for digital download on 3 August 2011. Vidgen's debut studio album, also titled Yes I Am, was released on 19 August 2011. The album debuted at number three on the ARIA Albums Chart and was certified gold by the ARIA. His second studio album, Inspire, was released on 27 April 2012, but was less successful than its predecessor, only reaching number 23 on the ARIA Albums Chart.

Early life[edit]

Vidgen is the son of Steve Vidgen and Rachel Hayton.[4] From 2007 to 2010, Vidgen performed at various events in Sydney, including Schools Spectacular, Eisteddfod, and the local Christmas carols.[5] He also taught himself how to play the piano and guitar.[5] He attended Balgowlah Boys High School.[5] Following his win on Australia's Got Talent in 2011, Vidgen withdrew from his high school to continue by distance education.[6] In March 2014, it was reported that he had had a lesion removed from behind his eye.[7]


2011: Australia's Got Talent[edit]

Vidgen auditioned for the fifth season of Australia's Got Talent in 2011, singing a rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing".[8] The performance earned a standing ovation from both the judges and the audience.[8] Judge Kyle Sandilands said before the audition, "You're either gonna be amazing or dreadful – both I will enjoy", while judge Brian McFadden was so moved by the performance he ran up on stage to kiss Vidgen's cheek once it was over.[8] The performance has received over 23 million views on YouTube.[9] Vidgen was dubbed Australia's answer to Justin Bieber and inundated with international and local interest.[10][11][12] He also attracted the attention of celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton, who posted several blogs of Vidgen's performances on his website.[13]

Vidgen performed on the first semi-final show, singing a cover of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from the Dreamgirls soundtrack.[14] After the performance, he earned another standing ovation from the judges and audience.[14] Sandilands told Vidgen that he made him believe in reincarnation as he was sure Vidgen had a black woman inside him,[14] while McFadden said Vidgen had one of the best voices he had ever heard.[14] After winning the public vote from the first semi-final show, Vidgen progressed through to the next round, the final showdown. During this round, Vidgen performed a cover of Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain".[15] After his performance, judge Dannii Minogue said, "Your voice lifts everybody who listens to it", while McFadden joked that he was jealous of Vidgen because he spelled the end for other guys in the music industry.[15] Vidgen once again won the public vote, which made him progress through to the grand final. During this round, Vidgen performed an original song titled, "Yes I Am".[16] A few days later, Vidgen was the centre of criticism over the song when it was revealed that it was co-written with two other people. Critics questioned how involved Vidgen was in the writing of the song.[citation needed][17] On 7 August 2011, Vidgen appeared on Sunday Night and said, "I sort of wrote the lyrics, and then I took them to vocal coach Erana Clark's studio, and we had the producer – I didn't write the music, I can say that, but I did write the lyrics."[18]

Vidgen was announced as the winner of the season during the grand final decider show, which aired on 2 August 2011.[19] He was awarded a prize of $250,000.[19]

2011–present: Record deal, Yes I Am and Inspire[edit]

Following his win on Australia's Got Talent, Vidgen signed a recording contract with Sony Music Australia.[19] "Yes I Am" was released for digital download on 3 August 2011, as Vidgen's debut single.[20][21] The song peaked at number 35 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[22] Vidgen co-wrote the gospel soul-inspired[23] song with former Australian Idol vocal coach Erana Clark and producer A2, who also penned the song, "Fly", for Vidgen's debut studio album also titled Yes I Am.[20] The album was rush-released on 19 August 2011.[20] It contained cover versions Vidgen performed on Australia's Got Talent, which were all produced by musical director Chong Lim,[20] as well as the two original songs.[20] The album debuted and peaked at number three on the ARIA Albums Chart,[22] and was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), for shipments of 35,000 units.[24]

Vidgen's second studio album, Inspire, was released on 27 April 2012.[25] It featured more covers of songs from artists including Michael Jackson, Bill Withers, Cyndi Lauper, John Lennon, and Beyoncé.[25] The album peaked at number 23 on the ARIA Albums Chart, failing to match the success of his debut album.[22] Vidgen's second single "Finding You", which was written by The Potbelleez' IIan Kidron, was released digitally on 10 July 2012.[26][27] He performed the song on Australia's Got Talent the next day.[27] As of 2014, Vidgen is no longer signed to Sony Music Australia.[28]


Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart
Yes I Am 3
  • Released: 27 April 2012[25]
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: Sony Music Australia


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Year Title Peak chart
2011 "Yes I Am" 35 Yes I Am
2012 "Finding You" TBA

Promotional singles[edit]

List of promotional singles
Year Title Album
2011 "And I Am Telling You (I'm Not Going)"[30] Yes I Am

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Type Award Result
2011 Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards[31] Aussie Musos Nominated
IT List Awards[32][33] Single of 2011 ("Yes I Am") Nominated
Album of 2011 (Yes I Am) Nominated
Australian Male Artist Nominated


  1. ^ "Jack Vidgen, Australian's "Baby Bieber" mobbed at local mall". International Business Times. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Roanne (12 May 2011). "Young Jack's got talent". townsvillebulletin.com.au. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Jack Vidgen Awesome Aussie Vocalist". rivenmaster.com. 9 January 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Bennett, Rod (3 August 2011). "Jack's got talent: Teen releases debut single". Manly Daily. News Limited. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Corbett, Bryce (3 August 2011). "Jack Vidgen: Australia's answer to Justin Bieber". The Australian Women's Weekly. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  6. ^ Neil, Alicia (3 August 2011). "Jack Vidgen: I Hope to Win a Grammy". Who. Pacific Magazines. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Australia's Got Talent winner Jack Vidgen doing OK after tumour surgery". 3 March 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c "14-year Jack Vidgen wows judges on old Australia's Got Talent with a Whitney Houston rendition". The Daily Telegraph. 4 May 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  9. ^ Obermeder, Sally (12 July 2011). "Australia's newest star". Today Tonight. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Byrnes, Holly (5 May 2011). "Australia's Jack Vidgen has a smidgen of that Justin Bieber mojo". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  11. ^ Coster, Alice (2 June 2011). "Blond bombshell Jack Vidgen tipped to be the next Bieber". Herald Sun. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  12. ^ Corbett, Bryce (3 June 2011). "Jack Vidgen: Australia's answer to Justin Bieber". The Australian Women's Weekly. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  13. ^ "Gossip king Perez Hilton meets the boy from Oz". Herald Sun. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  14. ^ a b c d "VIDEO: Jack Vidgen shows Australia he's got talent, again". Manly Daily. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  15. ^ a b "Video of Jack Vidgen Singing Adele's "Set Fire to the Rain" on Australia's Got Talent Final". Popsugar.com.au. 13 July 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  16. ^ Allen, Floyd (28 July 2011). "Jack Vidgen Takes 'AGT Grand Final Risk with Original Song". International Business Times. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  17. ^ Frost, Carleen (29 July 2011). "Police investigate Facebook attack on Jack Vidgen". Manly Daily. Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  18. ^ "Video of Jack Vidgen and Kyle Sandilands Interview on Sunday Night Addressing Songwriting Controversy". POPSUGAR Celebrity Australia. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  19. ^ a b c "Australia's Got Talent grand final highest rating show so far this year". Herald Sun. 3 August 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  20. ^ a b c d e McCabe, Kathy (3 August 2011). "No time for celebrating as AGT winner Jack Vidgen gets straight to work". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  21. ^ "Yes I Am – Single". iTunes Store. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  22. ^ a b c d e "Discography Jack Vidgen". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  23. ^ "Jack Vidgen is guaranteed a record deal whether he wins or loses Australia's Got Talent". The Daily Telegraph. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  24. ^ a b "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2011 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 28 August 2014. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  25. ^ a b c "Buy Inspire Jack Vidgen, Pop, CD". Sanity.com.au. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  26. ^ "Finding You – Single". iTunes Store. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  27. ^ a b Harris, Amy; Christie, Joel (10 July 2012). "Australia's Got Talent winner Jack Vidgen returns to TV show with new look and new sound". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  28. ^ "Local Roster – Featured Artists". Sony Music Australia. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  29. ^ "Yes I Am (SIGNED COPY) – Jack Vidgen". Sanity.com.au. Retrieved 6 August 2011. 
  30. ^ "iTunes – Music – And I Am Telling You (I'm Not Going) [Live] – Single by Jack Vidgen". iTunes. Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  31. ^ Barnett, Sophie (15 August 2011). "Aussie KCA's 2011!". MTV Australia. MTV Networks. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  32. ^ Manser, Robert (31 December 2011). "2011 IT List Awards Nominees Announced". Poprepublic.tv. Archived from the original on 2 January 2012. 
  33. ^ Manser, Robert (11 February 2012). "2011 IT List Awards Winners Announced". Poprepublic.tv. 

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Preceded by
Justice Crew
Winner of Australia's Got Talent
Succeeded by
Andrew De Silva