Since 2014's Season of X Factor, Dean has gone on to capture the hearts of everyone in Australia! Dean Ray (born Dean Pritchard) was a 22 year-old contestant from Melbourne, Victoria. Ray grew up travelling around Australia with his country music-performing parents. He is a recovering alcoholic and once went into rehab. Ray cites Airbourne, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, First Aid Kit, Joss Stone, Phil & Tommy Emmanuel, Son House and Stevie Ray Vaughan as his musical influences.