Fil-Aussie Cyrus Villanueva has advanced to the top five of “X Factor” Australia.
The 19-year-old student from New South Wales has been a front runner in the singing show since he impressed the judges with his audition piece – The Weeknd’s “Earned It” – few months ago.
This week, judges were once more amazed with Cyrus’ rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Knocking on Heaven’s Door,” and his performance drew a standing ovation from the four judges.
Watch 7 best performances of Cyrus Villanueva below
Judge/mentor James Blunt told Cyrus, “Cyrus, the question is not what can you sing but what can’t you sing. I think I have caught the Cyrus virus!”
Australian singer Danniee Minogue said to Villanueva, “You are nailing it week after week. Sometimes, this show just captures people in their prime and all the stars align.”
“Look, it’s no secret that I was jealous when Chris got the boys this year. And the reason is: Cyrus,” said judge Guy Sebastian.
Cyrus took on Instagram to express his gratitude to Sebastian for choosing “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” for him. In this week challenge, the contestants performed songs that were chosen by rival mentors.
Cyrus is being mentored by Chris Isaak, who was doubtful at first of Sebastian’s song choice and even calling it “one of the worst songs you can give a contestant”, The National reported.
At the end, Isaak was amazed with Villanueva’s performance and told him: “Guy had ideas for the arrangement of this song, I had ideas for the arrangement, then you came in the end – you stepped forward and said: ‘This is what I wanna do.’ And I love that. You’re growing as an artist. Fantastic.”
Sebastian said he chose the song for Villanueva because he wanted to give him something risky so that Cyrus would have to dig deep and sing something really soulful, CNN Philippines wrote.
In the past weeks, Cyrus impressed the judges with his performances including his rendition of Adele’s “Humor Has It.”
Cyrus sang “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”
Cyrus sang “Rumor Has It”
Cyrus sang “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over”
Cyrus sang “Hold Back the River”
Cyrus sang “Dancing on My Own”
Cyrus sang “Earned It”
Cyrus sang “Wicked Game”