~ Dami Im’s inspirational journey of transformation came alive ~
DAMi iM’s dream came true when she became the 2013 WiNNER of The X FACTOR in Australia ~ Monday 28th October 2013
Dami Im the 25 year old South-Korean born Australian piano teacher and singer from Brisbane in Queensland won the 5th series grand final of Australian X Factor with her mentor Dannii Minogue on Monday the 28th October 2013. It was an underdog story, considering Dami the shy and awkward girl at the audition originally didn’t make it into the final 12, but returned with a wild card when the original top 12 finalist Matt Gresham withdrew from the competition. Dami beat Taylor Henderson and Jai Waetford, both mentored by Ronan Keating, in the grand final, to win a recording contract with Sony Music Australia.
The STORY of DAMi’s iNSPiRATiONAL X FACTOR JOURNEY:
Dami’s X Factor dream began to come alive on Monday the 29th July 2013, when she sang Mariah Carey’s 1993 hit song Hero (Mariah’s version) in the live auditions, and received a standing ovation from all 4 judges, during her unexpected performance, as seen in this video…Dami progressed to the X Factor Super Bootcamp stage of the competition, after her amazing audition. On her 1st day of bootcamp, Dami was placed in the Under 25 Girls category (aged 24 at that time) and sang I’m with You (2002) by Avril Lavigne (Avril’s version) in front of her entire category and judges Dannii Minogue, Redfoo and Ronan Keating. On the 2nd day of X Factor Super Bootcamp, Dami was placed into an ensemble of 10 contestants to sing Next to Me by Emeli Sandé in front of the judges. Dami made it to the 3rd day of bootcamp, where she sang Dolly Parton’s 1973 hit song Jolene (Dolly’s version) to the judges and a live audience, but forgot the words during her performance, as seen in this video…After Dami’s disappointing part while performing Dolly Parton’s song Jolene (Dolly’s version), in the newly formed Over 24s category, she was ELiMiNATED!!.. this was the END of her X Factor dream!.. or was it??.. No it wasn’t, Dami was actually later called back for the X Factor Home Visits in New York City to replace Matt Gresham who decided he could not commit to the competition any longer. During Home Visits, Dami sang Beyoncé‘s 2008 hit song If I Were a Boy (Beyoncé’s version) in front of her mentor Dannii Minogue and guest mentor Kylie Minogue, as seen in this video…Dannii later selected Dami, along with Barry Southgate and Cat Vas, for the X Factor Live Finals: series of 10 weekly live shows in which contestants are progressively eliminated by public vote. For the Judges’ Choice-themed 1st live show, Dami sang U2’s 1992 hit song One (U2’s version), with her piano suspended above the stage, and received a standing ovation from all 4 judges, as seen in this video…
This story to be continued soon…
YouTube video: Dami Im: And I Am Telling You – Grand Final – The X Factor Australia 2013…
Dami said she hoped her X Factor win would encourage people like her who aren’t so cool, who are daggy losers.
See Dami Im sing : Hero – Auditions – The X Factor Australia 2013
X Factor Australia official website: www.au.tv.yahoo.com/X-factor
BiO ~ ABOUT DAMi iM:
- Dami Im was born in South Korea on the 17th October 1988, and migrated to Australia when she was 9, with her mother, younger brother, and father Dong Eal who originally stayed in South Korea to support the family until he joined them.
- Dami began studying at the Young Conservatorium of Music program at Griffith University when she was 11 years old.
- Dami graduated from the University of Queensland with first class honours in a Bachelor of Music in 2009.
- Dami is also a violinist.
- Dami lives in Daisy Hill, Brisbane with her parents and husband Noah Kim.
- Dami is a music teacher: piano and vocals
- Dami has never been to a concert.
- Dami loves K-Pop (Korean Pop) and doesn’t know a lot of mainstream music, but loves Whitney Houston and Beyonce.
- Dami had a short career as a gospel singer in Korea.
- Dami released an album Dream in 2010, which was recorded to raise money for church endeavours, and released a Christmas album called Snow & Carol in 2011.
- Dami is a Christian and member of the Brisbane Full Gospel Church in Eight Mile Plains, Queensland.
- Dami married her husband Noah Kim (former Korean military serviceman) in Seoul, South Korea in 2012.
DAMi iM ONLiNE:
- Dami’s official website: www.Damiim.com
- Dami’s original website/blog: www.DamiMusic.com (Dami’s original website domain name is hosted at www.blog.naver.com/DamiJazz in Korea)
- Dami’s official Facebook: www.facebook.com/DamiJazz
- Dami’s official YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/Damiim
- Dami’s Twitter: www.Twitter.com/DamiAndMusic
- Dami’s instagram: www.instagram.com/Damiim
- Webstagram: www.web.stagram.com/n/Damiim
- Dami’s X Factor YouTube journey
- Dami’s Vevo videos: www.youtube.com/user/damiimVEVO
- Dami’s iTunes: www.iTunes.apple.com/au/artist/dami-im/
- Dami’s X Factor profile: www.au.tv.yahoo.com/x-factor/contestants/Dami-im
DAMi in The X FACTOR 2013 TOP 5 LiVE NATiONAL TOUR:
- NEWCASTLE: Saturday 23rd November 2013 ~ Newcastle Entertainment Centre
- SYDNEY: Sunday 24th November 2013 ~ Sydney Hordern Pavilion
- MELBOURNE: Tuesday 26th November 2013 ~ Palais Theatre
- ADELAIDE: Thursday 28th November 2013 ~ Adelaide Entertainment Centre
- BRISBANE: Friday 29th November 2013 ~ Brisbane Entertainment Centre
- GOLD COAST: Saturday 30th November 2013 ~ Convention & Exhibition Centre
- PERTH: Monday 2nd December 2013 ~ Perth Arena
Tickets available at Ticketek.com.au
See Dami Im on Saturday 18th January 2014 at WhiteWaterWorld.com.au/NightWWW
DAMi’s MENTOR: DANNii MiNOGUE:
Dannii Minogue the Australian singer, songwriter, actress, fashion designer and X Factor judge was born in Melbourne on the 20th October 1971. Dannii Minogue first rose to fame in the early 1980s in the Australian television shows Young Talent Time and Home and Away, before starting her career as a pop singer in the early 1990s. Dannii Minogue’s official website: www.DanniiMinogue.com | Facebook: www.facebook.com/DanniiMinogueOfficial | Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/DanniiMinogue | instagram: www.instagram.com/DanniiMinogue | YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/DanniiMinogueOnline | YouTube video: Dannii Minogue on Piers Morgan interview (part 1)… YouTube video: This Is It – The Very Best of Dannii Minogue…
DAMi iM iN THE NEWS 2013:
- NEWS.com.au: X Factor Australia Grand Final: Dami Im completes demolition with army (by Holly Byrnes 28 October) CALL it a Dami-lition job, with Korean-born pop princess Dami Im surging to victory in this year’s decider of Channel 7’s The X Factor. The 25-year-old Brisbane singer, mentored to the title by Dannii Minogue, beat out Ronan Keating’s two-pronged attack of Taylor Henderson and Jai Waetford to win the title and a lucrative Sony Music recording contract… see more
- The DAiLY TELEGRAPH: X Factor final three Dami Im, Taylor Henderson and Jai Waetford debunk rumours on Nova (by Jonathon Moran 28 October) THE X Factor final three Dami Im, Taylor Henderson and Jai Waetford appeared on the Sydney Confidential on Nova with J. Mo and Elle radio show last night to shed some light on a few rumours. The three contestants addressed speculation Henderson is a diva, spoke about how Im is enjoying embracing her inner fashionista and how Waetford has a twin brother named Kai… see more
- TAKE 40: The X Factor Grand Final 2013 – Dami Im Is Crowned The Winner! (28 October) Tonight opened with a dark and dramatic performance of Ke$ha’s Blow – with all of the top 12 returning to the stage for one last time. With the stage and back up dancers looking like something out of Gaga’s twisted mind – this would have to be the best opening to a talent show we have ever seen!.. read more
- 9NEWS: Dami Im wins The X Factor (28 October) Queenslander Dami Im has won The X Factor after defeating Taylor Henderson and Jai Waetford. Im now has a recording contract with Sony Music and a management deal after winning the Seven Network reality series… see more
- POP SUGAR: Dami Im Is the Winner of The X Factor 2013! (by Jessica Chandra 28 October) Dami Im has been announced as the winner of The X Factor 2013! The 25-year-old from Brisbane, who started out as a shy and awkward piano teacher at the initial audition, has grown into a star with international appeal under the guidance of her mentor, Dannii Minogue… see more
- The NORTHERN STAR: ‘Daggy’ Dami Im crowned 2013 X Factor winner (by Seanna Cronin 28 October) BRISBANE’S Dami Im has been crowned the 2013 X Factor winner. Tonight’s grand final decider saw the 24-year-old beat runner-up Taylor Henderson on Seven’s popular reality singing show.”I don’t believe that I’ve won, this is crazy,” Im said.”I want to win this for people like me who are dags and inspire them to dream big.”… see more
- TV TONiGHT: Dami Im wins The X Factor 2013 (by David Knox 28 October) 24 year old piano teacher Dami Im has won The X Factor Australia 2013. The Queensland vocalist was always the favourite to win after a string of stand-out performances, mentored by Dannii Minogue… read more
- The SYDNEY MORNiNG HERALD: Dami Im races to number one in the charts after X Factor win (by Peter Vincent 29 October) Newly-crowned X Factor winner Dami Im has made an immediate impact, going straight to the top of the iTunes charts with her winner’s single, Alive… see more
- The AGE: Dami Im takes X Factor crown (29 October) Dami Im becomes the fifth X Factor winner after stealing the show and the public’s vote… see video
- NEWS.com.au: Dami Im the subject of racist tweets after winning Channel 7’s X Factor last night (by Charlotte Willis & Andrew Bucklow 29 October) TWITTER was flooded with fans who rushed to defend X Factor winner Dami Im last night after the South Korean-born singer was criticised by some on the social media site. Those who believed Im was not worthy of winning the crown because “it’s not Australian X Factor if an Asian wins” were quickly silenced by a barrage of viewers who gave Im the adoration and support she deserved… read more
- KHAN.co.kr: 호주판 ‘슈스케’ 우승, 한국계 임다미는 누구? (29 October) 호주 교포 임다미씨(25)가 현지 음악 오디션 프로그램인 <디 엑스 팩터> 다섯 번째 우승을 차지했다. <디 엑스 팩터>는 호주에서 최고의 시청률을 기록 중인 오디션 프로그램으로, 지난해 10월 가수 싸이가 호주를 찾았을 때 출연했다. 아시아계 이민자 출신으로는 첫 우승이다. 임씨는 28일(현지시간) 방송된 결승전에서 테일러 헨더슨, 자이 웨이포드와 경연을 벌였다. 그는 머라이어 캐리의 ‘히어로’, 뮤지컬 <드림걸스> 삽입곡 ‘앤드 아이 앰 텔링 유’, 자작곡 ‘얼라이브’를 불렀다. 이후 24시간 동안 집계한 시청자 문자 투표로 임씨 우승이 결정됐다. 그는 방송에서 “우승하리라고는 전혀 예상하지 못했다”면서 “나처럼 특별히 멋지거나 돋보이지 않는 사람들도 성공할 수 있다는 용기를 주고 싶다”고 말했다… 자세히보기 read more
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