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Australia’s Got Talent 2012 Winner Andrew de Silva in Negombo

It’s not every day that you get a chance to see a winner of Australia’s Got Talent perform and sing right before your eyes. My friend Neil influenced me into watching different reality shows on Youtube. I always end up in awe of the performances, sometimes even teary-eyed. But it never crossed my mind to be able to see a winner perform live.

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We were staying at Jetwing Negombo hotel where Andrew de Silva had a concert on 4 October. The hotel left a concert leaflet in my room but I was too occupied to even notice. It was only at dinner time that I learned about the concert when my colleagues talked about watching. Our group, being gatecrashers, just stayed at the corner but apparently the music was just too nice we can’t help but dance. Andrew then called on us to dance with him down the stage and some of the guests joined in. The gatecrashers ended up starting a party like it’s nobody’s business! Andrew posted the video of us on his Facebook.

Australia's Got Talent 2012 Winner

After I’m back in my room, I immediately Googled Andrew and watched his performances in Australia’s Got Talent. His song during the semi-final round was so sentimental and meaningful, I can’t help but cry. And he composed it himself! His story is also one that inspires people to appreciate life and to keep going no matter what the challenges are.

At a young age, he was already living his dream as a member of the popular Aussie music group, CDB. He was then diagnosed with cancer which forced him to leave the group. He also suffers from stuttering. But despite these odds, he never gave up on life. His family is his inspiration and driving force. Andrew is Australian but his roots are Sri Lankan. Andrew and his family stayed at the hotel as well so we got to bump into them a lot the next day. His daughters are so amiable!