Year full of high notes for Marlisa

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

IT HAS been al­most a year since Glen­den­ning’s Marlisa Pun­za­lan was an­nounced the win­ner of The X Fac­tor.

In that time, Marlisa, 15, (pic­tured) has toured the Philip­pines, per­formed at dozens of cor­po­rate and fundrais­ing events and has an up­com­ing pro­mo­tional com­pe­ti­tion for the Rock ‘n’ Roy­als Barbie DVD.

The singer has re­cently re­leased her first co-writ­ten sin­gle Un­stop­pable in the Filip­pino lan­guage - in the coun­try of her her­itage - and in the Mid­dle East. She hopes it will be re­leased in Aus­tralia in Novem­ber.

While some in­dus­try fig­ures have crit­i­cised the ef­fect of tal­ent shows on an artist’s ca­reer in Aus­tralia, Marlisa said she was grate­ful for the pro­file boost.

“Go­ing to The X Fac­tor has ben­e­fited me,” she said. “It’s given me a fan base and made peo­ple recog­nise me. You get a con­tract with Sony; it’s just a dream come true.”

Lead­ing tal­ent agent Rob Wood­burn agrees with her com­ments.

Mr Wood­burn, The X Di­vi­sion di­rec­tor, noted how artists such as Guy Se­bas­tian and Sa­man­tha Jade flour­ished in Aus­tralia.

“In­ter­na­tion­ally, look at One Di­rec­tion, Kelly Clark­son and Car­rie Un­der­wood. Tal­ent shows gave them ex­po­sure and the op­por­tu­nity to show­case their tal­ent.”

Mr Wood­burn said tal­ent shows had made the in­dus­try more ac­ces­si­ble for undis­cov­ered artists. “It gives artists ac­cess to a huge au­di­ence usu­ally only af­forded to sea­soned vet­er­ans,” he said.

Pic­ture: SAM RUTTYN

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