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Jack Vidgen is guaranteed a record deal whether he wins or loses Australia's Got Talent

Jack Vidgen

Vidgen performed a song of his own during this week's episode of Australia's Got Talent. Picture: File Source: The Daily Telegraph

MANLY schoolboy Jack Vidgen is guaranteed a record deal whether he wins or loses Australia's Got Talent next week after an incredible original performance on the grand final on Tuesday night.

Sony Music has been closely following the 14-year-old's progress through the show and are expected to announce tonight he will become a priority for the label.

The clearest indication Sony Music chief Denis Handlin has already locked in a deal is that Vidgen will perform at a Sony Foundation charity cocktail at Kirribilli House tonight - where the deal is expected to be announced.

The series winner will be announced on Tuesday night after the public votes are counted. The poll closes at noon on Friday for the 10 acts, who were watched by a whopping 2.2 million people.

Vidgen saved his best for last with an epic original performance which made him favourite - but he did have some help from friends in writing Yes I Am.

The gospel soul-inspired song was written over the past six weeks in collaboration with his Sydney vocal coach Erina Clarke and her producer husband A2.

While there was debate yesterday over Vidgen's input after it was billed as his own composition, the show's musical director Dorian West said the performer was involved from top to bottom.

"It was written about his experience on the show and he has captured that beautifully," West said last night.

"Jack was deeply involved lyrically, with melodies, composition - everything.

A Sony spokesman said they would "not comment at this stage" last night.

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  • Nicole of Brisbane Posted at 4:19 PM July 28, 2011

    Good on you kid.

  • Ice Kitty of Brisbane CBD Posted at 3:58 PM July 28, 2011

    Last time I heard anything make a noise like Jack was two of our cats fighting on the weekend. BTW they sounded better too. Maybe Sony will give them a record deal

  • MaryGC of Gold Coast Posted at 2:40 PM July 28, 2011

    Jack is a wonderful talent but Australian Music Industry is not kind to DEVELOPING natural talent. He has a style that is unique but not totally sales oriented in this country. Sony will produce one record but if sales do not meet expectations they will turn him into another pop flop. Jack should go to the USA where his talent would be more appreciated and expanded. He can only become another John Farnham here (after many years) and we know how hard John Farnham has had it over the past 30 years. good luck Jack, but go to USA. Love you heaps.

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