By HAZEL REID.

Beau was a crowd favourite from very early on in the competition. The young man from South Auckland won over girls’ hearts – not to mention, the judges’ – with his unique loop pedal and beatboxing style. So far, he has one of the most popular X Factor NZ auditions on YouTube – currently sitting at nearly 2 million views.

Beau remembers his X Factor experience fondly, particularly May 18th, when he was crowned the winner. But he didn’t think the journey would end up here. “I didn’t even think I’d get past bootcamp. There were 100 of us and we’re all looking at each other like, ‘bro, who’s going through?’ I was lucky I got in.”

His favourite part of the X Factor journey was bootcamp, because there were so many contestants involved. “It was cool meeting new people and musicians when I went into that environment,” he says. “The contestants were the best part of the whole thing. If people were up themselves – I don’t want to hang around that – the show would have been dumber, but the people made it better.”

beau 1 smHowever, performing in front of thousands of people at Vector Arena in the bootcamp round was an experience Beau didn’t enjoy. “I wasn’t prepared. If I could go back and change anything, I would change that.”

Other highlights of his experience include performing No Diggity by Blackstreet and Jammin’ by Bob Marley. He also loved Che Fu’s Fade Away and says the Taylor Swift week was “the most challenging.”

Gaining his pre-X Factor experience largely through busking, Beau’s goal is to be gigging weekly and travelling internationally, bringing “NZ flavour and culture” to the world. “Within the next three years I want to get a solid income flowing so I can provide… I’m chucking it out anyway, even if it doesn’t happen.”

From busking to going through the cycle of a reality competition to taking out the title, Beau’s sure to have some great life advice – and he does. His mantra? “Be yourself, always be cool to people and be humble. Always maintain having fun. We’re all going to die at some point, so you might as well enjoy your days, because anything can happen. That’s what I’m doing.”

Beau’s hoping to have more music out soon, so keep an eye on this talented Kiwi.
His self-titled debut album is out now, featuring his new single King and Queen. Buy it here.

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