Marlisa Punzalan, a 15-year-old daughter of Filipino migrants in Australia, won this year’s “X Factor Australia,” a prestigious singing competition, on Monday, October 20, after a series of impressive performances.
With her powerful rendition of David Guetta’s hit song “Titanium,” Punzalan bested Dean Ray and Brothers 3 to bring home a Sony Music recording contract during the competition’s grand final round.
On Sunday, Punzalan wowed Australia with her rendition of The Beatles’ popular song “Yesterday.”
She also flaunted her flawless voice with the new composition “Stand By You,” which will be her first single.
Until the end, Punzalan’s mentor Ronan Keating rallied fans to vote for the young singer.
On Twitter, Punzalan thanked her supporters. “My X Factor journey has been incredible, I would not be where I am without your support” she said.
In a video message to her supporters, Punzalan said: “Thank you so much, everyone who voted and everyone who supported me, thank you so much. I couldn’t have gotten this far without out. Thank you so so so much. I can’t thank you enough. Thank you so much, I love you all!”