Johnny Ruffo

Name: Johnny Ruffo

Age: 23

Category: Under 25 boys

Audition song: Jay Sean - Do You Remember (Click to watch)

Bootcamp songs: Chris Brown - With You & Lady Gaga - Edge of Glory

Judge House song: Usher - Burn

Musical influences: Usher, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Lady Gaga

Interesting/ unusual fact: Although I’m a dedicated musician, I’m a complete practical joker, I just love to muck around!

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Singer/dancer Johnny Ruffo has been performing since he was 10. Self-taught, his moves impressed everyone but Mel B at auditions. The other judges, however, saw raw potential during his performance of Jay Sean’s ‘Do You Remember’.

The 23-year-old from Balcatta, Western Australia is a concreter by day but his heart lies with music. “I work in construction so I can fund my dream which is my music.”

He got into the concreting business thanks to his Italian father Pasquale who works in the trade. While he and his mother Jill split when he was very young, their family is still incredibly close.

Prior to The X Factor, Johnny was performing around Perth with electro-pop band Supanova. “It’s good fun. I love it.” A keen songwriter, Johnny has a “bucket load of songs” ready to record. “I try and write about past experiences,” says the single heart throb. “I’ve had long term relationships that have ended well, some have ended badly. You try and draw from those experiences.”

Like his idols Michael Jackson, Usher and Justin Timberlake, he hopes to combine his love for singing and dance. “My dream is to sing and dance in front of the whole world eventually. When I get up on stage, I try and put on a complete show with everything from the singing and dancing to costumes.”

While he loves to move, he realises he can’t get carried away with dancing. “I need to find a good balance where I can dance enough to entertain the crowd but not too much to hinder my vocals.”

Meeting singer/dancer Beyonce during home-town visits was hugely beneficial. “She finds a good balance. If you dance too much your breathing is going to suffer and she does it perfectly. I asked her how she does it. She said it just comes with discipline.”

With Guy Sebastian as his mentor, Johnny has his sights set on winning. “I’d love to win,” he says. “I love music and I want the whole world to know that. Selling records here and internationally would be a dream come true.”

Aside from music, Johnny’s a mad AFL fan and enjoys staying in shape.

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  1. Amy08:26am Saturday 27th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Heard your song "On Top" and I truly like the party feeling of it!! And I like party songs.... :)

  2. radomir k08:43am Thursday 02nd August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    im a big fan johnny and im so proud of you cant wait to buy your music and also cant wait to see you on xfactor again all the best for you my friend love from richard xoxoxo

  3. Paul L09:06pm Sunday 06th May 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Hey M8 U rock!! That is all I have 2 say;. Big Hugs buddy. Paul.

  4. Kayla09:18pm Sunday 11th December 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Hey Johnny, my friend Jessica loves you :)

  5. Kayla09:17pm Sunday 11th December 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Hey Johnny, my friend Jessica loves you :)

  6. Thursday 01st December 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Hi Johnny ver thought of singing some DEAN MARTIN songs or COL JOYE songs. Why not try A MOTHER AS LOVELY AS the original style........... You are a super guy as GUY SABASTIAN knows !!! best wishes and good luck - please try some of the oldie songs - like MY CHERIE by AL MARTINO - MAY I HAVE THE NEXT DREAM WITH YOU by MALCOLM ROBERTS - us oldies need to hear them again and you are the only one that would be suited to these songs........... MITZI

  7. Billiem09:48am Wednesday 23rd November 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Johnny Ruffo, you certainly are memorable and your performances are contagious (I re-watch them). I hope someone out there has the brains to snap you up. Your personality combined with your performances are infectious. Good Luck!

  8. daniel g10:45pm Tuesday 22nd November 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    Good on you johnny its just the start mate cheers

  9. Amber06:34pm Tuesday 22nd November 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    ily johnny...

  10. Amber06:32pm Tuesday 22nd November 2011 ESTReport Abuse

    ily johnny...