Filipino-Australian Cyrus Villanueva stays in X Factor
Australia after he impressed the judges and the audience with his perofrmance
of a Guy Sebastian's chosen piece, Bob
Dylan’s “Knocking on Heaven’s Door.”
Last 3 November, the audience along with X Factor judge
James Blunt caught the "Cyrus Virus" as the young champ from
Wollongong got a standing ovation from the judges and the audience with his
Judge James Blunt, praising Villanueva for his rendition of
the song said, “Cyrus, the question is not what can you sing but what can’t you
sing. I think I have caught the Cyrus virus!” The rest of the judges made
equally positive and affirmative remarks as Cyrus stays on the top remaining
Recently, our very own Filipino-Aussie X-Factor 2015
contender does Adele proud with his version of Rumor Has It while a growing
number of fans stay glued with his easy but magnetic moves on stage as seen on
TV Channel 7.
Cyrus Villanueva only started singing a few months before
his audition but he struck a big chord with the judges following his brilliant
acoustic performance of The Weeknd's Earned It.
Guy Sebastian proclaimed: "You're exactly what we're
looking for on this show."
Hailing from Wollongong, NSW, the 19-year-old is fresh out
of high school and studying graphic design at university.
Music is in his genes. His father is a professional
entertainer as is his brother. "Because dad is a musician, I grew up
listening to jazz and classical music; all the old soul, pop. That's the music
The self-taught guitarist counts Nat King Cole, Stevie
Wonder, Michael Jackson and Ray Charles as his biggest musical influences.
In his spare time, he performs gigs in bars, cafes and at
weddings. Now he's keen to make music his number one priority. "Music is a
passion of mine. I want to pursue what I love doing. That's the dream."
(with excerpts from X Factor Australia)