Young Ethiopian Amanuael Rocks the Stage at Australian Talent Show

IT'S a long way from Ethiopia to Byron Bay, but that's the journey singing sensation Amanuael Visser has made in his short, but eventful life.

"When I was eight months old I was adopted," explained Amanuael, 10.

"When they [my parents] picked me up from Ethiopia they said I started singing in the foyer of the hotel and I didn't stop."

The Year Four Byron Bay Public School student has just auditioned for one of Australia's most-loved shows, the revamped series of Young Talent Time.

Hundreds of children attended the show's auditions in Brisbane, but Amanuael was one of just a few chosen for the final tryouts in Sydney.

Amanuael performed the Adele hit Rolling in the Deep in Sydney, but he was knocked out before reaching the final eight singers chosen for the Young Talent Time team.

Mr Visser said his son would now be a contestant on the show.

"The way the industry is going they're focused on dancing as well as singing, so it's a lot of work for a little guy and he found the choreography a bit tough. But he still blew them away with his singing and he may follow dancing when he gets older," Mr Visser said.

Mr Visser suffers from a hereditary heart disease, so he and his partner Michele decided to adopt Amanuael from Ethiopia, where he was also born.

"We felt that Ethiopia was a home for us so it was a natural decision," he said.

From the moment he held Amanuael, Mr Visser knew his son had a gift.

"He just sang the house down and he still wakes up every morning and sings. He loves acting and getting dressed up and he even takes notes when he watches films," he said.

For a little boy who's yet to finish primary school, Amanuael is certainly one to watch.

"My goal is to help people when I get older and to be a great singer and to have that as my main job," Amanuael said.

Amanuael sings Adele's "Rolling In The Deep" on Young Talent Time 2012 - an Australian television variety program, wowing the audience the judges. "I just want to rock the stage and I want everybody to remember the name Amanuael," says the young talent.

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  • ghmmm

    OMG he has real talent. i really love his parent the most to support him all the way. this world have many talents and beautiful kids who deserve the chance to manifest their talent. Good luck and GOD bless Amanuel and his family.

  • eskibel

    everything changes with time

  • Dude

    @Helen, u don't see difference between eight and eighteen? eight is 8 eighteen is 18.... hey wake up and go to school!

  • Helen

    He said he was adopted when he was 18 month not 8 month...

  • Habesha

    God bless you Ethiopian cute

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