Seven days of TV view­ing

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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.

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