MANILA, Philippines – After being declared the winner of X-Factor Australia, Marlisa Punzalan took to social media to thank fans, friends, family, and mentor Ronan Keating for being there for her throughout the show.
“My X Factor Journey has been incredible because of the beautiful people around me. To my loving family, thank you for standing by me through thick and thin, you are my rock and my strength.
Also, behind the scenes are passionate and dedicated professionals and I thank all the crew at X Factor for the unbelievable effort they put into the best talent show in Australia. 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. And to The Lord above, I thank Him for everything. The link to #StandByYou is in my bio!” she posted on Instagram, along with the cover art of her winner’s single, “Stand By You.”
Take a look at the artwork here:
The show’s official Twitter account also posted a brief video message of thanks from Marlisa. (READ: FULL RECAP: Marlisa Punzalan’s entire ‘X-Factor Australia’ journey to victory)
Marlisa was also congratulated by the guest performers of the finale on Monday night, October 20.
In a video posted on the X-Factor Australia’s Twitter, account, singers Olly Murs, Jessica Mauboy, and Guy Sebastian said that for Marlisa, this is only the beginning.
“Now that you have won the X-Factor, the work is only beginning,” Jessica Mauboy said.
“Now, its really the time to sow and work,” Guy Sebastian added. “Get in the studio, write songs, finish your album and give your fans what they want.”
Marlisa’s mentor and X-Factor Australia judge Ronan Keating also thanked those who voted for her.
Wow I cannot believe it. Thank you so much Australia. You have chosen a worthy winner. @thexfactor_au— Ronan Keating (@ronanofficial) October 20, 2014
At 15 (14 when she auditioned), Marlisa is the show’s youngest contestant. From her audition to the the end, the judges have consistently praised her for a job well done. (READ: Will Filipino singer Marlisa Punzalan be ‘X Factor: Australia’ winner?)
As part of her prize, Marlisa won a recording contract with Sony Music. – Rappler.com