Andrew Wishart

Name: Andrew Wishart

Age: 41

Category: Over 25s

Audition song: Adele - Someone Like You (Watch)

Bootcamp songs: Rick Price - Heaven Knows & Kelly Clarkson - Already Gone

Judge House song: Coldplay - Fix You

Musical influences: U2, John Farnham, Dire Straits, Queen, Robbie Williams

Interesting/ unusual fact: My wife and I went to same kindergarten, primary school, secondary school and started uni together before we became a couple!

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At 40 years of age, Andrew Wishart realises that The X-Factor may be his final chance to make it in the music business.

“This is my last crack at it. I’m 20 and a little bit,” he says with a wink, “and I’m at the wrong side of 85 kilos.”

Andrew says he was inspired to audition by his four children – Tully, 14, Levii, 12, Bahlin, 11, and Indiah, 9. “I’m doing it for them,” he says, “it shows my kids to get out there and have a go at it.”

In fact, his children were the ones who suggested he sing Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ at auditions because it was younger and cooler. He only learnt the song the day before but he nailed it, impressing the judges with his soulful rendition. “You have a voice that I could record tomorrow,” Ronan Keating said, “you should be very, very proud of your dad. Absolutely brilliant.”

He says his wife of 15 years, Robbie, is his number one fan. The pair met when they were at school together in Bairnsdale in East Gippsland, Victoria. "We grew up in the same little town. We were always best friends before we got together." Andrew says he’s been singing for as long as he can remember. “I remember singing along to records when I was younger and mum and dad used to flick the lights on and off to make it look like I was on stage.”

Along with playing in a band with good friends Frank and Rob for nearly two decades, he once came close once to securing a publishing contract. "I did do some recordings but nothing ever came out of it. I'm 15 years older than the nearest competitor. I've done the hard yards and a lot of gigs."

In terms of weakness, he says it may be his “image.” “Not that I’d change anything about myself. And a little bit of self-doubt.”

Andrew, who now lives in Seaford, Victoria, works as a sales manager for hot nut vending machine company, Cupa Nutz. But his dream is to carve a career out of music. “How many people can actually say they love that they do for a living? I want to tell that nagging voice in the back of my head that I can actually do this for a living.”

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  1. Suzy01:09pm Sunday 19th February 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Well done Andrew, you are a legend, you should have won this competition. Really hope we get to see more of you and do come over to New Zealand some time so we can get to hear and see you sing. All the very best.

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  2. Peter W06:36pm Friday 02nd December 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    You did great Andrew as you showed the people that age doesnt matter as long as you try your best. Please release a cd as I and many others would buy it

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  3. Pauline10:18am Wednesday 30th November 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Does anyone know how I can find out what's happening with Andrew? Haven't heard any news of him at all. Does he have a web site?. I am such a fan, love his music, it would be a shame to lose track of such talent.

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  4. maci04:00pm Saturday 26th November 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    hi ANDREW for me you the winner keep up the good work bye vili

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  5. Gretz11:48am Thursday 24th November 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    I am 55 and I love ballad songs.you nailed all the songs you sang in the xfactor. i truly admire and wished you won in the competition.However, win or lose, you are already our WINNER! I love your soulful and husky voice rolled into one. My family is your fan and wish to buy your CD .I hope Sony mgnt.will sign you up as recording artist. We love you so much to just waste your voice..God bless you,your wife and your children.

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  6. Doug05:20am Thursday 24th November 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Hi Andrew, what a great thing you did entering x factor.you are so versatile,with natural pitch,great tone. Just think you were nearly one of those casualties that litter that great R&R highway.

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  7. Kerry02:42pm Wednesday 23rd November 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    I'd definately buy your CD when you release one. Your voice is amazing and so unique!

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  8. Mun Hwa11:44am Wednesday 23rd November 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Congratulations Andrew! Like what HC said judging on talent and maturity of voice, you are the winner already. Your only competitor that keep you awake if Tara-Lynn Sharrock is in the competition! I will buy your CD ... just let me know when it will be in the market.

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  9. HC08:57am Wednesday 23rd November 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    If X-Factor was judged on talent you were definitely #1 no two ways about it, a mature voice that is always in tune and a pleasant personality behind the microphone, what more could you want? Who cares about the date on your birth certificate. You've got it all, good luck in your new career and while you might not have won X-F you are a winner in the eyes of so many people. The look on Robbie's face as she watched you sing was worth more than money can buy. Simply the best!!..... (maybe you should record that song)

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  10. Alicia10:07pm Tuesday 22nd November 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    you are the best you should have won.. please make a cd I know so many people that would buy it

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