To the delight of her many fans, Korean contestant Dami Im won Australia’s X-Factor last night.
The 25-year-old signer was born in South Korea and moved to Australia at the young age of 9. The Sydney Morning Herald notes that Im was teased because of her accent when she arrived in Australia and now suffers from shyness.
Luckily, her humble personality was loved by many. In fact, The Guardian has named Im “the least annoying winner in Australian reality TV history.”
But before she won the love of the public, Im first won over the judges during her audition piece. Though the judges admit to having low expectations, they were blown away when Im belted out Mariah Carey’s “Hero” and were quick to give her a standing ovation.
At one point during “bootcamp”, Im was sent home for forgetting the lyrics. However, a contestant dropped out and she was able to return to the show and and gain her victory.
The Guardian explains that Im quickly became a fan favorite and for good reason.
Not only was Dami the season’s strongest singer, most consistently exciting performer and most stylish coathanger, but her quietly confident and reserved personality was a stark rejoinder to the usual excitably hammy reality show contestant. Finally, here’s someone who can belt out Purple Rain while wearing lace dragon wings and getting doused in water, and still casually act like it’s no big thing.
Im proved to be quite the entertainer. From crazy outfits to outrageous performances, Im clearly became the one to watch.
Last night, with a hand over her mouth in shock and joy, Im sank to her knees when she was announced the winner. Of course, her achievement was not without difficulties. Im was immediately met with twitter comments all generated towards her race. News.com.au reports that some claim Im was not worthy of the title because “it’s not Australian X Factor if an Asian wins.” Luckily, even more fans rose to her defense.
And what else can silence the viewers who claim Im was not worthy of the title? Maybe the fact that Im’s song already rose to the number one spot on iTunes in less than 24 hours.
Experts are claiming that Im has a good shot at being the first Asian-Australian popstar and we’re waiting anxiously to see when this happens.