Jack Vidgen is guaranteed a record deal whether he wins or loses Australia's Got Talent
- From: The Daily Telegraph
- July 28, 2011
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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.