According to ‘X Factor’ host Luke Jacobz, tonight’s Grand Final was one of the closest in the competition’s history, but it was 15 year old schoolgirl Marlisa who walked away with the spoils, winning the competition over the heavy favourite Dean Ray, with Brothers 3 placing in third.
Bizarrely, she’s already released a (presumably pre-prepared) statement about her win.
“My X Factor Journey has been incredible because of the beautiful people around me,” she said. “To my loving family, thank you for standing by me through thick and thin, you are my rock and my strength… Thank you also for the rare opportunity that Sony Music Entertainment presents to ordinary Australians like me starting a career in music. Thank you to Ronan Keating for believing in my ability and nurturing my talent, I have enjoyed every single day of working with you. And to all my supporters, thank you for getting behind me every single week, for I will not be where I am today without your support.”
Marlisa’s debut single ‘Stand By You’ has already been serviced to Australian media ahead of its arrival at Australian digital retail, presumably in a couple hours, so viewers in the non-daylight savings states don’t have their viewing spoiled. A CD single edition will drop on October 24.
Marlisa’s debut album is also incoming, with Sony Music confirming that the 11 tracker will drop at Aussie retail on Friday November 07.
It comprises studio versions of songs she performed on the show, including ‘Titanium’ and ‘All By Myself’, along with the debut single ‘Stand By You’.
But Dean and Brothers 3 shouldn’t feel too dejected. Going on past experience, it’ll only be a matter of days before their winners’ singles are also doing the rounds at Australian media and retail.
01. Stand By You
03. All By Myself
04. Hopelessly Devoted To You
05. Let It Go
06. Nothing Else Matters
09. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
10. Girl On Fire