Former Whitsunday resident Jack Vidgen performing on Australia's Got Talent.
Former Whitsunday resident Jack Vidgen performing on Australia's Got Talent. Supplied

Jack wins Australia's Got Talent

SOME stars shine more brightly than others.

Jack Vidgen’s stardom has shot to vibrant new heights since he was crowned the winner of Australia’s Got Talent 2011.

The 14-year-old former Cannonvale State School student electrified audiences in the studio and at home when he won the $250,000 grand prize.

Jack’s dad, Steve Vidgen, who lives in Proserpine, said he was extremely proud of his son; as are many of Jack’s fans in Mackay and the Whitsundays who were happy to see him win.

“I was pretty confident Jack would win,” Mr Vidgen said. “It was unbelievable, there are no words to explain – it was mind blowing.”

>>See video of Jack's performance on the Australia's Got Talent website

Mr Vidgen said he had flown to Melbourne for every one of Jack’s shows

“Jack is very natural and just does his thing.”

“Australia’s Got Talent has given a lot of people who would not be discovered exposure,” he said.

Yesterday Jack signed with Sony Music. His debut album is to be released on Friday, August 19.

The schoolboy beat illusionist Cosentino, who was runner-up, in the grand final on Tuesday night.

Speaking after the results of the public vote were revealed, Jack admitted he was amazed to be declared the winner.

“I can’t describe how I’m feeling right now,” he said.

“My dreams have come true.”

Jack’s proud mum, Rachel, said his family was ecstatic with the win.

“We feel euphoric and I feel all his hard work and everyone’s hard work has made a difference.”

The show’s decider began with a spectacular medley performance featuring the 10 grand finalists.

Member for Whitsunday Jan Jarratt said it was wonderful to see a past resident of the region recognised for their talent in this way.

“I think this news gives the community a lift, especially since Jack was a past resident and his father still lives in Proserpine and runs his own business,” she said.

“It is an absolute delight. I knew he would win.”


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