It was the X Factor Australia grand finale on Monday, Nov. 21, and the winner of 2016’s show was Isaiah Firebrace. Firebrace captured countless hearts with his rendition of One Direction’s “It’s Gotta Be You,” and while we foresee a bright future for Firebrace, he’s also got a pretty interesting past.
Here are eight things you need to know about the teenager who stole the show.
1. He only just turned 17
Firebrace hails from the small country town of Moama and was born on Nov. 21, 1999. And yes, you got it, he won X Factor Australia on his birthday — personally, we couldn’t think of a better present.
2. He’s an animal lover
A picture speaks a thousand words, and this one melts our hearts!
3. And a beach fan
One glance at Firebrace’s Instagram account and you can see that he’s a big fan of the beach, and he clearly enjoys visiting a variety of different places.
4. This wasn’t his first shot at success
In 2015, Firebrace tried his luck at X Factor Australia, only to leave disappointed after he forgot the lyrics to a song during the boot camp part of the show. He subsequently lost his place in the competition — but things have definitely turned out in his favour.
5. But it was a dream come true
After his win, Firebrace was barely able to contain his emotions, but he did thank everyone who helped him along his journey and revealed just how much this win means to him. He said, “This has been my dream, and I can’t believe it came true on my birthday. Thank you guys so much.”
6. Iggy Azalea is a major fan
It turns out that Iggy Azalea is a big fan of Firebrace, and his heartfelt rendition of Beyoncé’s “Halo” actually had her tearing up. After his performance, Azalea gushed about the young singer and how relatable he was to her.
“I feel like I identify with you so much, because I know how hard it is to come from such a small place and want to make your dreams come true,” she said. “And I root for you so much. That really touched me.”
Not only that, but she also hand-delivered a very epic-looking birthday present to the young singer. It never hurts to have friends in high places, right?
7. He’s kinda Insta-famous
Firebrace posts a lot of cool images on Instagram, so it’s not surprising that he has already garnered over 32,000 fans on the social networking site — and his road to stardom is just beginning.
8. His eyebrows are everything
While not exactly a life-changing fact, can we just throw it out there that Firebrace has maybe the best eyebrows ever! Seriously, move over Cara Delevingne.