Another Pinoy Pride is circling around social media by a 19 years old Filipino-Aussie Cyrus Villanueva after he got a standing ovation during The X Factor Australia 2015 audition with his version of “Earned It”.
Also, his stunning performance of his version of “Dancing On My Own” during the “Under 25 Boys” category “5 Seat Challenge” earned him a spot to the ”Super Home Visits” to be mentored by Chris Isaak.
Cyrus Villanueva only started singing a few months before his audition but he struck a big chord with the judges following his brilliant acoustic performance of The Weeknd’s Earned It.
Guy Sebastian proclaimed: “You’re exactly what we’re looking for on this show.”
Hailing from Wollongong, NSW, the 19-year-old is fresh out of high school and studying graphic design at university.
Music is in his genes. His father is a professional entertainer as is his brother. “Because dad is a musician, I grew up listening to jazz and classical music; all the old soul, pop. That’s the music I love.”
The self-taught guitarist counts Nat King Cole, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson and Ray Charles as his biggest musical influences.
In his spare time, he performs gigs in bars, cafes and at weddings. Now he’s keen to make music his number one priority. “Music is a passion of mine. I want to pursue what I love doing. That’s the dream.”