The Voice's Jordan Anthony is the 14-year-old Australia has fallen in love with.


When Jordan Anthony was five years old, he begged his parents not to go to piano lessons.

Nine years later, aged 14, the Perth-based school boy is a grand-finalist on The Voice Australia, and he shows no signs of slowing down.

A day in the life of Jordan Anthony is unlike that of most Year 9 students around the nation.

Whilst his peers are studying for science tests, he is behind-the-scenes with Delta Goodrem, refining his performance skills and practising his Michael Buble-like vocals.

Watch Jordan Anthony’s incredible blind audition of Pink’s ‘What About Us’ on The Voice. 

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More than anything else though, Jordan says his time on The Voice has taught him important lessons in confidence.

After being bullied in primary school, the support Jordan’s received on the talent show has been invaluable.

“I started off the process being quite shy,” he told Mamamia.

“Being on the show my confidence has improved so much because there’s been such positive energy, positive vibes coming from everyone and it’s been a lot of positive things coming from the show. I think this show has definitely helped my self-esteem and my confidence within myself as well. I know that I can do it even though I might be young,” he added.


When asked whether his experience on The Voice was the ‘ultimate payback’ to primary school bullies, Jordan had a clear answer: “100 per cent.”


But he shows no signs of resentment, rather offering a mature appreciation of his newfound self-assurance.

“I feel like being on the show and getting that publicity really showed to [my bullies] that it doesn’t matter what you thought of me, I’ve gained that confidence to come out here and do what I love,” he told Mamamia.

While it’s clear that Jordan is incredibly resilient, he’s sadly no stranger to trolls, especially on social media.

“It’s been awesome and mostly positive but there’s always going to be people, keyboard warriors, trying to spread bad vibes. But it’s just important that I’m not constantly glued to social media and Instagram because it really can take its toll on you,” he said.

Like most teenagers, Jordan still does “normal 14-year-old stuff” such as playing soccer and his PS4. But when it comes to his career age is just a number.

But it’s this number that has everyone comparing Jordan Anthony to fellow contestant on the show, Jack Vidgen.

In 2011, Jack Vidgen won Australia’s Got Talent at 14 years of age, walking away with $250,000 and a record deal with Sony Music.

But after moving to LA to pursue fame at 16, Jack returned home, desperate to reconnect with his family and friends. He’d fallen out of love with music and stopped singing completely.

Although Jordan understands the comparisons to the former child star, he says they’re completely different people – although he will look to learn from Jack’s mistakes.


“Jack and I are really different people, I am prepared to be compared to Jack because he won Australia’s Got Talent at such a young age,” Jordan told Mamamia.

“I’ve got an amazing family and an amazing group of people behind me… If I can surround myself with amazing people all the time and not let those bad people get in the way I think I should be alright,” he added.

“Jack and I have briefly discussed it, he’s such an awesome guy. It’s been awesome and really cool to talk to him about his experience, but my experience has been really positive,” he said.


It’s rare for a 14-year-old to have such a clear idea about what they want in life, but with two parents who met in musical theatre, Jordan was born with a passion for music.

So much so that after his father, Sam Rabbone, didn’t make it through the blind auditions in season four, Jordan decided it was his time.

“I’m 14 and I’ve been singing for most of my life and working on my craft, I feel like this year was the right time for me. I’ve been in a really good place at the moment,” he told Mamamia.

After begging his parents not to go to piano lessons all those years ago, Jordan is now incredibly grateful.

“I started playing around about when I was five and I remember telling my parents ‘I don’t want to go to lessons’ but now I thank them for it because I wouldn’t be able to write my own music if they didn’t get me to learn an instrument,” he said.

After attending a performing arts school in Melbourne, and performing in a few musicals, Jordan eventually decided it was time to focus on his own music.

“In the last couple of years I’ve really tried to focus on my music, and what I want to do as an artist and it’s been really good,” he said.


His experience on The Voice on Team Delta has just steeled his resolve to become a musician.

“I’m so young and through this whole process I’ve been just like a sponge soaking up every little bit of learning and information that I can from Delta and the team,” he said.

He added that Delta has been an incredible role model for him, especially when it comes to dealing with fame.

“A big thing that [Delta] said about publicity is that all of the bad stuff and all of the good stuff… it’s all just white noise, and if you take all of the advice from the people who are closest to you you’ll be alright… that’s a huge thing that she’s talked me through,” he told Mamamia.

Going on The Voice and becoming a public figure was a decision that Jordan didn’t make half-halfheartedly. Besides the potential pitfalls of fame, the process of auditioning and performing on The Voice required the high school student to sneak away from class without any explanation to his friends.

“It was really hard being at The Voice and going back to school and not being allowed to say anything… so now that it’s out in the open it’s really awesome to see everyone’s reactions at school and I’ve had so many messages saying ‘I saw you on The Voice last night, it was so cool’. It’s been really cool to see their reactions to the whole thing,” Jordan said.


But it wasn’t just the sneaking off that Jordan had to manage – education has remained a top priority.

“It has been a little bit difficult to balance school and The Voice, but it’s crazy because this year I’ve actually got really good grades at school. My year coordinator said it’s actually some of the best grades I’ve ever had. It’s because before coming to The Voice I was working really hard to make sure all my work was done so that way I could just enjoy my time here and focus on what I’m doing which is music,” Jordan said.


Jordan Anthony has gone from being an 11-year-old busker in the Perth CBD, who over the course of a year made enough money to self-fund his first album, to a confident young man belting out songs on television screens all around the nation. But he doesn’t think he’s famous.

“I wouldn’t call it fame just yet, definitely being in the spotlight and having the attention has been really different for me, but really cool to have myself out there and sharing with people what I think is really special… If I can make people happy through my music then that’s all I want to do,” he told Mamamia.

“It’s been such an amazing experience and it’s been so much more enjoyable than I anticipated. I’ve just been loving learning so much through the whole experience, and it’s been such a rewarding experience as well, just performing on The Voice stage week in and week out… I’m loving every minute”.

The main lesson he’s learnt from The Voice?

“I’ve learnt to keep an open mind, you never know what’s going to be thrown at you on this show, and just trust the process.”

If he’s not famous already, Jordan Anthony is well and truly on the way. 

The Voice live grand final airs tonight on Channel Nine at 7pm.