18 YEARS OLD
After gaining a place at the presitigious Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where he was studying a Bachelor of Music, Andrew Lawson decided to defer his course.He's ended up in the Final 12 after blowing the judges away with his performance of
Sinatra's "Fly Me To The Moon" in his audition. "I didn't like the theory side... I just wanted
to get going and kick start my singing, which is why I left the course," Andrew says of his decision. "I heard about The X Factor auditions and decided to give it a go."
Born in Northern Ireland, Andrew and his family moved to New Zealand when he was six years old, before moving to Noosa five years ago.
He started playing guitar at age seven, and writes his own music. Singing is the first thing he does when he gets up and the last thing he does before bed. Andrew says his Dad exposed him to a different world of music. He lists Elvis, Sinatra, Dean Martin and Willie Nelson as his singing idols."They are great story-tellers. My Dad grew up with that type of music and has always
played it at home."Recently single, Andrew is ready for the next chapter in his life. "I want to make a living from singing and performing, and be a musician that is respected and brings something new to the
industry. I know I have something different to everyone else."
He's thrilled that Kyle is his mentor - "He'll get down to the nuts and bolts of everything - he's not going to beat around the bush."
Away from music, Andrew loves to surf and spend time at the beach.
Check out our exclusive interview with Andrew Lawson:Congratulations on making it to the top 12, how does it feel?
Doesn't feel real yet.What's been the most rewarding part of the journey so far?
Meeting so many like minded people.And the toughest part?
Seeing good mates leave.When did you start performing and what spurred you on to apply for the show?
Grade ten or eleven. Roommates in Brisbane.Have you bonded with any of the other contestants? What's brought you together?
Yeah all the under 25 males are close. Evictions brought us close.Who's your favorite judge and why?
Kyle. I don't think he would let anything happen to us.Which artist inspires you and why?
John Mayer. He just seems to have endless talent.Why do you have the x factor?
Because I know I'm different.So fast forward in time. You are the x factor winner. Describe what happens next?
Recording contract or move to the UK to try my luck there.