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Watch our interview with Australian Idol winner, Dylan Wright, below!

Having taken the crown of Australian Idol just last week, we caught up with Sydney-based artist Dylan Wright to chat about his journey on the show, his new single Paper Heart and so much more!

Having stepped into the Idol audition room in episode one with guitar in hand, Dylan Wright won the judges and the nation over with his captivating rendition of Crowded House's Better Be Home Soon. Scoring a coveted 'golden ticket from judges ARIA Award winning singer-songwriter Amy Shark and top-rating broadcaster Kyle Sandilands are back, with former Idol judge and beloved singer Marcia Hines, Wright was grouped with fellow contestants Amy Reeves, Kiani Smith, Bethany Byrne and Jake Carlson to perform Lady Gaga's Always Remember Us This Way during the 'chorus line' challenge. Wright progressed to the next round, where he, Reeves and Kobe White were tasked with performing Natalie Imbruglia's iconic hit, Torn. Continuing to win the judges with his undeniable talent and passion for music, the musician processed to the top twenty four.

In his efforts to make it to the live shows and perform for Australia's votes, Wright sang Tina Arena's Sorrento Moon (I Remember) and Marc Cohn's Walking in Memphis. From there, he earned his place in the top twelve. Kicking it off with 'Party Anthems' week, Wright played I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by The Proclaimers and was awarded the Judges Vote to avoid elimination. Returning to the stage the following week for the 'Judges' Song Contest', Shark tasked Wright with performing Have You Ever Seen the Rain? by Creedence Clearwater Revival, before the public chose End of the Road by Boyz II Men for him the following week. The performance landed Wright in the bottom four, however Australia pulled through and had voted him in to the top six.

For 'Heroes and Tributes' week, Wright dedicated his performance to his young family, playing Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper. With the judges deciding not to send an artist directly through to the grand finale, it all came down to Australia's votes and each artist was tasked with performing a second song. Wright hit the stage performing John Legend's Ordinary People, and with that he made his way through to the grand finale alongside Amy Reeves and Denvah Baker-Moller.

With one last chance to win over Australia, Wright performed Never Tear Us Apart by INXS, and was joined by season one runner up Shannon Noll to play What About Me. Both performances were standout moments throughout Wright's Idol journey, and the following night he took to the stage for two final performances - Tiny Dancer by Elton John and his audition song Better Be Home Soon by Crowded House. Having grown as an artist throughout the competition, and delivered spellbinding performances week after week, Wright was announced the winner of Australian Idol's eighth season by judges Ricki-Lee and Scott Tweedie, and picked up the microphone one last time as a contestant on the Idol stage to perform his winners single, Paper Heart.

Filming: Katerina Papathanasopoulos and Vasili Papathanasopoulos.

Paper Heart is out now!


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