Cyrus Villanueva has been crowned The X Factor 2015 winner, beating off competition from runner-up Louise Adams and third-placed Jess & Matt.
The Wollongong Wonder fought back tears after the result was read out live by host Luke Jacobz. His fellow contestants and family stormed the stage to congratulate him on his epic victory. “This whole experience has been unreal. I can’t thank everyone enough.”
Cyrus' mentor Chris Isaak showered the 19-year-old with praise. “I’m so proud of him.”
Cyrus and Louise, 31, were then left to fight it out for the title. They performed a Top 2 duet together – One by U2 and Mary J. Blige – before reliving their best moment from the show.
The Mount Gambier mum was no match against the Cyrus Virus with the public voting in his favour. Louise's mentor James Blunt paid homage to her saying: “It’s been a great pleasure riding on your coattails. You are a fantastic, strong and beautiful musician.”
But the night belonged to Cyrus. “You’re a star, you have everything,” Guy said. James told him, “You have the voice of an angel.” Danniiadded: “You have something that moves people. It’s always a celebration in everyone’s hearts and souls.”
Cyrus takes home a coveted recording contract with Sony Music. His new single Stone will be available on iTunes from tonight.