This year has been a complete turnaround for former boy band singer Andrew De Silva.
After being crowned winner of Australia's Got Talent back in July, the 37-year-old has signed with record label Sony Music Australia and will be the support act for Mariah Carey's upcoming Australian concerts on the east coast.
But life hasn't always been kind to the father of two. During his audition for the talent show, De Silva captured the nation with his heartfelt story and personal battle with cancer.
Despite enduring a rollercoaster of a decade, De Silva remains grounded by the experience and couldn't be more thankful for the support shown by his fans.
Speaking to AAA about how life has changed in the past six months, De Silva said he still could not believe his luck.
"It's just been like a dream come true," he said during a brief visit to Perth this week. "I've signed to Sony Music again, which is where I want to be releasing and writing songs, and my kids now know that this is what daddy does and what he's good at."
On performing at Carey's shows, De Silva described it as the opportunity of a lifetime.
"It's so big - I'm really looking forward to it, it's such an honour," he said.
With his current single Your Paradise getting airplay across the country since its December 7 release, De Silva is gearing up to release his upcoming album, which will hit shelves early next year.The album will comprise a mix of tracks written before and after his journey on Australia's Got Talent, with some touching on his personal battle with cancer."The songs I actually sang on the show will be on the album as well," he said.When asked what he thought of the show being axed by Seven to be picked up by the Nine Network, De Silva said he had a feeling the show had seen its final days."We all had a feeling that this might happen and that (this year) may be their last one, but I look forward to seeing what Channel Nine are going to do," he said.But he wasn't fazed that this year's AGT finale, which he won, pulled significantly lower national ratings figures of 998,000 compared to the 2.855 million Australians who tuned in to watch 15-year-old Jack Vidgen announced the 2011 winner."Ratings don't really concern the contestants, we're just thinking about what we need to do," he said.