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EVER since 14-year-old Jack Vidgen brought the Australia’s Got Talent audience to its feet and a judge to tears with his incredible voice, the predictions are that he’s a kid with the world at his feet.
Vidgen became a YouTube sensation with his rendition of Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing – ironic, really, since the teenager from Sydney’s Northern Beaches clearly has something. Talent. In bucket loads. And on Tuesday night, when the winner of this season of Australia’s Got Talent is announced, Vidgen may just be $ 250,000 richer.
But that’s something he hasn’t dared dream about.
‘‘ I’d love to win but there is an insane amount of talent around this show so we’ll have to see,’’ Vidgen says.
His AGT experience has only reinforced his conviction that he wants to make singing a career.
‘‘ This is what I love doing more than anything else so I am going to stick to my goal,’’ he says.
‘‘ Just the feeling of being on that stage. It feels like a second home to me now because I’ve been there so much.’’
Vidgen is one of 10 finalists who have the shot at the $ 250,000 which will go to the AGT winner by popular vote, and judge Dannii Minogue says she and fellow judges Kyle Sandilands and Brian McFadden wouldn’t have it any other way.
‘‘ We’ve critiqued the performances all season, and in the end it’s kind of a relief that we won’t have to vote anyone else off,’’ Minogue says. ‘‘ And you know what? That’s a relief. We just hate voting people off.’’
Minogue says that Vidgen, while outrageously talented, is no lay-down misere to take the big prize. The competition is that tight.
‘‘ Jack has a great chance but the beauty of this season, and the reason people have tuned in and voted, is that there have been so many mind-blowingly talented people,’’ she says.
‘‘ Cosentino [ the illusionist] is world class and I think Ben Price [ the comedian of many voices] is a good chance.’’
Win or lose on Tuesday night, Minogue predicts big things for Vidgen, who since his first appearance on the show has met gossip guru Perez Hilton, sung at a function for Mick Gatto, and is rumoured to have international recording studios already knocking on his door.
‘‘ The challenge once people like him have the profile is that they are able to harness that and turn it into a career,’’ she says. Minogue believes Vidgen handles the attention well. ‘‘ It must be tough in a way when nobody knows you and suddenly you’re in the papers and on the radio and that’s a huge turnaround, especially for someone his age,’’ she says. ‘‘ But he’s really chilled and quite normal.’’ Minogue’s dream for the teenager is to see him on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, because DeGeneres is someone who supports a lot of kids with amazing talent.
‘‘ Whether he wins it or not, if he gets the YouTube hits and someone like Ellen picks him up hopefully we could be sending an Australian artist to America,’’ she said.