30 September 2013
The X Factor Australia still has six weeks to go, but it’s already clear that Dami Im has a real chance of winning.
The 24 year old Korean Australian performer has delivered stand out performances week after week, and although last night’s rendition of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ didn’t impress Redfoo, we still think she’s one of the top contestants this year.
Find out what went down with Dami last night!
In a recent interview with Fairfax media, Dami admitted that she’s feeling the pressure. She revealed "A lot of people now look to me to do well and not just my family, my church and the Korean community and the Asian community."
If Dami wins she’ll be one of the few Asian Australian’s on Aussie television, following Poh Ling Yeow from Masterchef, Yumi Stynes from Channel V and The Circle, Jeff Fatt from The Wiggles and Li Lin Chin from SBS news. Oh and Mikkayla from Big Brother.
On top of the fact that Dami is extremely talented, we think it’s great that she’s someone who is proud of their ethnicity, and a real ambassador of modern day multicultural Australia.
So is Australia ready for an Asian-Australian X Factor star?
Yumi Stynes recently discussed why there is a lack of Asian-Australian’s in Australian popular culture, noting, "I've covered music for the last 13 years and I've asked myself the same question… Our mass culture is a bit like politics - it's a dinosaur. You can't have someone on Neighbours who is just Asian. They've got to be a boat person. There has to be an explanation [for why there's an Asian character], and yet we all have Asian friends. [Our culture] not so nimble, but it is catching up."
Yumi also believes Dami could be the person who will champion multicultural Australia, and has the potential to become a household name.
She added "I think it's about having someone who is so explosively good that people don't care what background they are, or that they are from a daggy TV show… Dami is good enough to transcend whatever reservations we might have."
"It's so exciting. I love young Aussie Asian girls turn on the telly and see someone doing so well who looks like them."
What do you think? Are we ready to vote in an Asian-Australian to win The X Factor this year? Take 40 thinks so.
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