Australia's Got Talent winner Fletcher Pilon.
Australia's Got Talent winner Fletcher Pilon. Stuart Bryce

Australia's Got Talent win still sinking in for Fletcher

CENTRAL Coast teen Fletcher Pilon is still coming to terms with his Australia's Got Talent win.

Last night the 14-year-old was crowned the talent show's 2016 winner, bagging a cool $250,000 prize thanks to a snap viewer vote.

A national peak audience of 1.482 million viewers tuned in to the grand final.

"I have so many different feelings running through my mind and body," he told APN.

"I'm beyond excited, grateful and happy."

Australia's Got Talent winner Fletcher Pilon pictured with host Dave Hughes.
Australia's Got Talent winner Fletcher Pilon pictured with host Dave Hughes. Stuart Bryce

Pilon took out the AGT title thanks to an emotional original song, Infinite Child, about his younger brother Banjo who died in an accident.

"Every time I do it it's not easy but I always feel satisfied that I've reconnected with those emotions and felt my brother again in that way," he said.

"Last night I wanted to do it in a strong way because that's what my brother would do.

"For me songwriting is such a great way to express emotions that are sometimes hard to get out."

His five-track EP, titled Banjo, shot to the top of the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Music Albums chart overnight.

The teen said he auditioned for the general talent show, rather than The X Factor or The Voice, because he felt he could stay true to his original material.

"On some of the other shows they choose your song and be something you might not be," he said.

"On this show I was allowed to sing songs I've written and songs I enjoy playing. It was really important for me to be able to express myself."

In the short-term Pilon plans to buy himself an electric Les Paul guitar and take his family on a surfing holiday.

"I think we'll go to the Mentawais (Islands, in Indonesia) or something. I've never been overseas before, so it would be unreal to that with my family," he said.

He's open to a record contract but plans to finish school while he develops as a songwriter.

"I'm pretty chilled at the moment," he said.

"All I can do it just keep playing music. The show has some sort of agreement with Sony where they have 30 days to sign me and if they don't that's all good. If they do then that's cool too."


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