When a blonde haired 22-year-old named Jack walked onto the America’s Got Talent stage, American audiences may not have known who he was.
But to Australians, he was instantly recognisable.
Jack Vidgen, the winner of 2011’s Australia’s Got Talent, appeared on The Champions edition of the American franchise, competing against other winners and finalists from Got Talent editions around the world.
Jack Vidgen on America’s Got Talent: The Champions. Post continues below video.
His performance of Lauren Daigle’s You Say, which just aired in the US, earned him a standing ovation from judge Heidi Klum, and praise of other judges Howie Mandal and Alesha Dixon.
The toughest critic – Simon Cowell, of course – told Vidgen he had an incredible voice “but that was way too safe”.
“I think you are way, way better than that, so I’m hoping the super-fans vote you through to the next round because there’s way more to come from you. Way more.”
Unfortunately Cowell’s words may have come back to bite him, as Vidgen didn’t receive the fan vote, leaving the judging panel to pick between he and two other acts to advance.
Only Cowell chose the Aussie, eliminating him from the show.
In 2011, a then-14-year-old boy stood on the stage of Australia’s Got Talent and began to sing Whitney Houston’s ‘I Have Nothing’.
It was a performance that stood out well beyond the others, and the reality television show’s judges Dannii Minogue, Kyle Sandilands and Brian McFadden dubbed the performance “mind blowing”.
Vidgen ended up winning Australia’s Got Talent, walking away with $250,000 and a record deal with Sony Music. His fame quickly transformed from a stint on a singing competition to full-time fame. Within two years, the high schooler had released two albums, Yes I Am (2011) and Inspire (2012).