Filipino singer Marlisa Punzalan wins ‘X-Factor Australia’ 2014

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Filipino singer Marlisa Punzalan wins ‘X-Factor Australia’ 2014
Marlisa was only 14 when she auditioned. Now 15, she's made it all the way to the end
MARLISA PUNZALAN. The singer got to perform with Jessica Mauboy at the final performance held on October 19. Screengrab from YouTube

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino contestant Marlisa Punzalan was the big winner at the X-Factor Australia grand finale, Monday, October 20. (READ: Will Filipino singer Marlisa Punzalan be ‘X Factor: Australia’ winner?)

She beat out Dean Ray, who took 2nd place, while Brothers 3 took 3rd place. The show retweeted a viewer’s tweet saying that she won by a margin of .01%. 

In one of the show’s tense moments, Brothers3 was eliminated, leaving Marlisa and Dean in the top 2. 

They each sang one more song, reliving their “best moments” in the show,  before the big announcement. Marlisa sang “Titanium.” Dean sang “Budapest.” 

This deciding show also included the Top 13, who performed for the crowd.

The show’s finale also featured Jessica Mauboy, Olly Murs and Guy Sebastian, and a special appearance from Taylor Swift. 

On Sunday’s final round, Marlisa performed three songs – “Yesterday,” “Never Be The Same” with Jess Mauboy, and her winner’s single, “Stand By You.” 






After Sunday’s performance, Melissa posted a thank you message on her Facebook for everyone’s support.




Throughout the show, Marlisa was mentored by former Boyzone member Ronan Keating, who visibly became emotional during the finale. 

Marlisa was only 14 years old when she auditioned. Now 15, she’s made it all the way to the end of the competition, and it seems Ronan couldn’t be prouder, tweeting his support for her all the way. 

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