Marlisa has The X Factor in 2014

After three months of singing and a whole lot of votes Australia decided that Marlisa Punzalan has The X Factor.

It was a night of high emotion and superb performances where Melbourne singer and guitarist Dean Ray took second place, while Brothers 3 from Mudgee in the central west of NSW came in third.

 Marlisas mentor Ronan Keating was overwhelmed with the victory. I cant believe it, I cant believe it. Im so proud of her, shes been unbelievable. What a superstar, so deserving of the title, its only taken me five years!

In a night of phenomenal performances, the Top 13 opened the show, performing Katy Perrys Dark Horse. One by one our eliminated contestants made their way back onto the stage Trill, Younger Than Yesterday, Adrien Nookadu, XOX, Sydnee Carter, Rochelle Pitt, Tee, Jason Heerah, Caitlyn Shadbolt and Reigan Derry rounding out our first 10 eliminated acts. Our Top 3 Dean, Marlisa and Brothers 3 joined their fellow contestants as our judges watched on.

 

Then it was time for our first elimination. Marlisa was first through to the Top 2, before Dean Ray joined her backstage. Saying goodbye to their legion of fans, Brothers 3 were humble and grateful for The X Factor experience. Youngest brother Makirum said they were overwhelmed with the support: We werent just trying to stay in the competition for ourselves, we were doing it for Dannii as well… we would just like to thank everyone who supported us.Fan favourite Tayzin agreed: Its life changing, our lives have completely changed… weve had the best time of our lives, its definitely not over.

Mentor Dannii Minogue said while she hadnt made it with back to back victories following Dami Im last year, she couldnt have been prouder of her rays of sunshine: Its been an amazing ride for these guys, theyre true Aussie country gentleman, and weve become really good mates. I really believe in them.

 

Performing for the only time as a duet before the announcement tonight, Dean and Marlisa then took to the stage, performing Labrinth ft Emeli Sandes Beneath Your Beautiful. Later, they both performed their best moments from the show. Marlisa was first, performing her hit version of Davie Guetta ft Sias Titanium. Ronan said it was an easy choice: I feel it was a game changer, she really stunned us with her vocals.Following the performance, Redfoo said her success was easy to see:You keep that attitude and performing like that, and youre going to make it at 15, I guarantee it.Dean was next, taking on George Ezras Budapest. Mentor Natalie Bassingthwaighte said the song marked a change in the competition: I wanted to choose a song I felt really changed the game a little bit. I felt people really fell in love with Dean after this performance.Redfoo agreed: You are one of my favourite artists right now, period.

 

Also performing on The X Factor stage tonight was international songstress Taylor Swift with her chart-topping hit Shake It Off. The superstar said her advice to our Top 3 was simple: I think that never assuming that you are entitled to anything is very important… and just generally treating everybody well is a really good thing to do.Aussie sensation Jessica Mauboy also performed Can I Get A Moment, telling the audience its not hard to do what you love: It comes with passion, if you really love something, it happens randomly.Taking to the stage later was The X Factor veteran Guy Sebastian who performed his new hit Mama Aint Proud. He said he was thrilled to have Marlisa opening his upcoming national tour: This is my first arena tour… were stoked and we cant wait. To have someone whos fresh off the show and to kind of kick them into that crowd, its going to be great, I cant wait.Showcasing what The X Factor can do, 2009 The X Factor UK runner-up Olly Murs also returned to the stage, performing Wrapped Up. He said the show was incredible: Its just an amazing platform… just keep going, work hard, and just enjoy it.

After being announced as the winner  Marlisa told  the judges and audience she was blown away. I just cant believe it, I feel like Im floating on a cloud right now. Thank you so much Australia, I couldnt have done it without you.

 The X Factor will be back next year with the show undertaking a huge audition tour soon.