Samantha Jade was announced Tuesday night as the grand winner of the reality-based competition X Factor Australia 2012.
Jade, 25, from Western Australia, was mentored by Guy Sebastian. She is the first female grand winner of X Factor down under. She won a recording contract and a car.
"I'm so overwhelmed! I am so delighted to be here and never thought I would win. I've had the most amazing experience on the X Factor and loved every minute of it," Jade said.
Jason Owen, the runner-up, also won a car. The Collective, which is seen as the Aussies' One Direction type, placed third after the public votes were cast.
Jade's victory on X Factory is hardly ever surprising. She has landed on the voting results' bottom spots in the past, but she continued to improve on the show. She honed her vocals and leveled up her stage presence through each week. Most important, she does sound radio-friendly. In fact, her cover of Kanye West's "Heartless" made it to the top of iTunes songs chart a week before the finale.
Shout-outs to Samantha "Sammi" Jade on Twitter
Congratulations to the amazing Samantha Jade winner of #xfactorau 2012 #XFGrandFinal - @2DayFMSydney
Finally Australia made the right choice in choosing a winner for #xfactorau 2012- Nathan19871
A HUUGGE CONGRATULATIONS FOR @sjademusic !! So happy for you!! Seriously!! You deserve it !!!!!!! #congrats #xfactorau - calmellteagle1D
Check out some music by @sjademusic from 2009 at MySpace myspace.com/samanthajade #xfactorau #XFGrandFinal - richardphelps
RT @monsterjordy: That was the best winner's performance I have ever seen! The world is not ready for Samantha Jade! #xfactorau - Little_Monster7
Video: Samantha Jade, "What You've Done to Me"
Here is a clip of one of Samantha Jade's pre-finale numbers on X Factor Australia. Her winning single is called, "What You've Done to Me."