Mark Vin­cent The singer has popped the ques­tion!

Singer Mark Vin­cent won Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent – and then the heart of his new fi­ancee!

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In a case of love at first song, Stephanie Pace was up­stairs prac­tis­ing her singing when she was called down to watch Mark Vin­cent – a young boy with an amaz­ing voice – on re­al­ity TV show Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent.

“He was so good I had goose­bumps lis­ten­ing to him,” Stephanie re­calls.

Fast for­ward eight years, and the 25-year-old is pre­par­ing to marry her teenage crush. The pair fi­nally met through mu­tual friends at Syd­ney’s Cronulla Beach. Then two years later, Mark pro­posed to his girl­friend at a restau­rant in Wool­loomooloo.

“I was so ner­vous I could barely get the words out,’’ says Mark, 24. “I told Stephanie I’d for­got­ten my wal­let, and went back to the car to get the ring once we’d fin­ished our meal.”

A spot­light switched on Stephanie, then Mark knelt down and popped the ques­tion. “We were both cry­ing. And luck­ily for me, she said yes!”

The opera singer, who won AGT in 2009 and per­formed at Olivia New­ton-john’s Gala in Mel­bourne last month, says it was def­i­nitely love at first sight.

“Within a short time of chat­ting, I knew Stephanie was The One,” reveals Mark. “She’s such a lov­ing, car­ing per­son, and while I was ini­tially afraid of get­ting into a re­la­tion­ship, know­ing how all-con­sum­ing my ca­reer was, I’m glad I did. It’s un­doubt­edly the best de­ci­sion I’ve ever made in my life.’’

Fall­ing in love may be the great­est thing to have hap­pened to Mark but he’s had many high­lights since he burst onto our screens at 15 with a mov­ing ren­di­tion of Nes­sun Dorma.

Mark’s fas­ci­na­tion with mu­sic came from his grand­fa­ther, who al­ways had Dean Martin, Lu­ciano Pavarotti and An­drea Bo­celli play­ing at his restau­rant – of­ten with Mark singing along.

Af­ter win­ning AGT, Mark was signed by Sony Mu­sic and re­leased eight al­bums, in­clud­ing his lat­est A Tribute To Mario Lanza, which fea­tures a vir­tual duet with the late singer, who he idolises. He’ll also ful­fil a life­time dream and per­form with le­gendary tenor Jose Car­reras in France and Spain.

But it’s all a lead-up to the big­gest event in his life – his wed­ding day!

‘Within a short time of chat­ting, I knew Stephanie was The One’

“Luck­ily for me she said yes!” Aww… The smit­ten cou­ple got en­gaged over a ro­man­tic din­ner. Mark thrilled the crowd at Syd­ney’s Carols in the Do­main.

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