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