IN PHOTOS: Fil-Aussie Cyrus Villanueva wins 'X Factor Australia'
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-Australian singer Cyrus Villanueva won the top prize at the grand finale of X Factor Australia Tuesday night, November 24.
Cyrus competed with duo Jess and Matt and Louise Adams for the title.
Jess and Matt were eliminated earlier on in the finale, leaving the final moments a showdown between Cyrus and Louise Adams.
After the announcement, Cyrus recounted how he was feeling during those final moments, saying, "That was the longest time, waiting for the announcement, honestly, my heart was beating faster and faster, but as soon as my name got called out, it was all worthwhile."
"I'm so blessed and honored, and I'm so humbled by this whole experience and I've just had such a great time. And I can't thank everyone who's been the littlest part of this whole journey [enough], and I'm so overwhelmed," he added.
Cyrus also took the time to thank his fans in the interview: "To all my fans who have got me where I am today, thank you so much, I love each and every one of you, and you make everything that I do worthwhile."
Cyrus also sent out this tweet, thanking his supporters:
Cyrus is 19 years old and was studying graphic design at university before he joined The X Factor Australia. His father and brother are both musicians, while Cyrus himself performed at bars and weddings before joining the show.
On Monday, Cyrus impressed the judges with his performances of The Weeknd's "Earned It," and "Stone," which will become his single. (WATCH: Fil-Aussie Cyrus Villanueva's 'X Factor Australia' grand final performances)
Your Top 3 have done all they can, now it's up to you. Who will be crowned the WINNER of #xfactorau? If you missed the #XFGrandFinal last night, head over to our website (link in bio) to catch up on the episode and cast your vote. Then tune in to the Live Decider tonight at 7:30 on Seven to see who is crowned the winner of The X Factor Australia for 2015! Whose team are you on? #TeamJessandMatt #TeamLouise #TeamCyrus
Before the announcement, the Top 12 reunited onstage to perform.
In Stereo, Kylie Minogue, and Jason Derulo were also present at the finale, along with Chris Isaak, James Blunt, Dannii Minogue, and Guy Sebastian.
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After a round of performances, the final 3 narrowed down to the top 2. Jess and Matt were eliminated.
Filipino-Australian teen Marlisa Punzalan won the competition last year. – Rappler.com