Dan Hamill was crowned the new 'King of Swing' at auditions following his swing-pop version of Michael Jackson's The Way You Make Me Feel. "What a performer," Chris Isaak said afterwards. "That's my definition of The X Factor right there."
Hailing from Perth, Dan won the West Australian Young Performer of the Year in 2002 and 2003. The 30-year-old honed his craft at WAAPA (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts), embarking on a Diploma of Contemporary Voice in 2003 and a Bachelor in Music Theatre in 2006.
In 2004, aged 18, Dan was a Top 10 finalist in Channel Seven's Popstars Live. The next year he took out second place in the Music Oz Australian Songwriting Awards in the R&B category.
Dan has appeared in films as well as TV with guest roles in City Homicide, Neighbours and The Doctor Blake Mysteries. He's no stranger to the stage having starred as Curly in Oklahoma opposite music theatre legend Jill Perryman and West Side Story.
The Melbourne-based singer now performs with his group the Dan Hamill Band. "If Michael Buble and Justin Timberlake had a love child, it would be me."
After treading the boards for so long, he's ready for the big time. "I would love a career where I'm doing an album, then a tour, film or TV show. I've been waiting my whole life to show what I've got."