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The Australia's Got Talent contestant who made every judge's jaw drop.

Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is first generation Sikh, a spoken word poet and our pick to win Australia’s Got Talent.

Before taking to the stage for her Australia’s Got Talent audition last night, Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa warned the audience to brace themselves — her act was going to be “very controversial,” she explained.

A first generation Australian Sikh, Sukhjit is widely admired for her impressive spoken word poetry, but that’s certainly not her only talent.

The 21-year-old is also an activist, an outspoken feminist and bloody brilliant at making jokes.

If you missed her performance you can watch it in full here:

It’s her capacity to use humour — combined with her obvious dramatic chops — that allows her to tackle complex social issues head on.

“When you’ve been given such a loud voice, and when you have the confidence, you need to speak up for the voiceless,” she said in a recent interview with India Link.

“Humour and satire; that’s the thing Australia uses to get messages across.”

Sukhjit moved to Melbourne from her home town of Perth six months ago, but she’s been on the poetry scene for a couple of years now.

The first poem she ever wrote was called ‘A dress/Address’  and reflected on the gendered double standards applied to men and women in the Indian community.

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Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa. Image: Beanbo Design & Photography
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In 2014, she made it to the finals of National Australian Poetry Slam, which saw her perform on stage at the Sydney Opera House.

But it was an abridged version of her poem ‘To Advance Australia Fair’ that won her four ‘yes’ votes from the judges on Australia’s Got Talent last night, the powerful lyrics from which, you can read below:

“If you’re not in Australia, ‘where the bloody hell are ya?’ Remember the Bingle jingle, inviting the world to mix and mingle?

Where a fair go was your welcome mat, unless you’re of caramel descent and then ain’t nobody got time for that.

You see, rocking up for my first job at Coles, was like a scene from Border Patrol.

What makes you Australian?

Is it a Southern Cross Tattoo or wombat stew crumbled with a Dunkaroo?

Do you think of a time when Australia’s learnt to share and care and dare to wear its heart on its face, fully aware that most of us in this place are far from fair, but brown and black and slow to attack?

But quick to embrace a warm Australia.

I’m confused as to why, on Australia Day, when the night sky spews bigot bile, I’m left traumatised.

When a teen rips off my uncle’s turban, I’m an enraged flame of pain and shame and sorrow, for tomorrow when a hooning ute throws a rotten peach at my dad and screams ‘go home, ya bloody terrorist.’

I plead to you Lara , where the bloody hell are we?

My people, the Sikhs, came here in 1860 with camels and carts and courageous hearts and look at the maxi Taxi, we’re still driving and steering this country in offices and hospitals and even on stage.

So when people tell me and my family to go home to where we came from, I reply with a smile, tongue-in-cheek, ‘mate, we’ve been right at home for the past 150 years!’

I’m not the one that’s a freak, I’m fully Sikh.”

Before launching into it, Sukhjit explained that at a spoken word performance, everyone clicks along when they feel a line or a thought.

“If you feel me, show me that you feel me,” she said.

The audience and the judges were clicking the whole way through and at the end, many gave a standing ovation.

Dicko described the performance as “nation-building” and said it was full of “heart and humour”, while Eddie Perfect became quite emotional.

“The voices of bigotry and hatred in this country are so loud and noisy and yeah, it’s going to piss people off probably, but stuff ’em, because this is something that needs to be heard,” he said.

Sophie Monk said she wanted Sukhjit to keep spreading her message and Kelly Osbourne, who, of the four, was clicking the most enthusiastically by far, said “there needs to be more people like you in this world.”

She also tweeted about it after the show.

Before Australia Day, Sukhjit put together a video for Mamamia asking the people of Melbourne what being Australian really meant to them, which you can watch here.

You can also follow her Australia’s Got Talent progress on her Facebook page, we know who we’ll be clicking for.

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