Fletcher Pilon has won “Australia’s Got Talent” 2016 and he already has in his hands the $250,000 prize money. The emotional teen plans to use the prize money to go on a surfing trip with his dad. He also plans to buy a Gibson Les Paul guitar to spoil himself.
According to Daily Mail, Pilon was the judges’ favourite. Kelly Osbourne and guest judge Jack Black of “Kung Fu Panda” fame were already heard discussing who they thought would win. Their discussions included Pilon and Black were heard saying, “It’s Fletcher.”
The Central Coast teen’s final performance, a reprise of his own “Infinite Child,” wowed the judges and the audience alike. Sophie Monk was seen in tears after the emotional performance which got him a standing ovation. This win is sure to make Pilon’s musical dreams come true.
For starters, he has already been selected by Cody Simpson to perform at his Australian concerts, reveals Sunshine Coast Daily. Even rapper Nicki Minaj shared his story with her more than 42 million Facebook followers and fans. The “Anaconda” singer had posted about the Aussie teen on Facebook last month.
Following the win, Pilon thanked his friends and family for their support. “I’d just like to firstly thank my brother Banjo and my sister Gabby, my parents, family, and friends and everyone who voted at home, the judges and the contestants. It’s been such a great time being on the show,” he said.
While the teen is currently catching his breath and digesting his win, here are seven things to know about Fletcher Pilon:
- He is just 14 years old.
- According to the TV show’s website, he wrote his winning song “Infinite Child” for his 10-year-old brother Banjo, who passed away after being hit by a car while skateboarding.
- The song showcases the family’s belief that Banjo is dreaming sweetly. They bid him a “goodnight.”
- Pilon has performed for the first series of “The Voice Kids” in 2014, according to News.com.au.
- He believes in the healing powers of music and wants to help people in their day to day lives with it.
- He debuted his EP (extended play) before Christmas and it is called “Banjo.” It features the award-winning song as well as other family favourites.
- Pilon always knew he wanted to sing and play music.