Michaela Baranov (NSW)

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About Michaela Baranov (NSW)

Michaela Baranov won hearts around the country when she performed Sia's My Love at auditions. The song was dedicated to her late father Paul, who lost his battle with cancer only six days before. "I was still in shock," she said. "It's getting harder as time has gone on because I've realised I'm never going to see him again."

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  She says her father was her biggest supporter. "He loved hearing me sing. He always said I'm going to make it." Despite chronic ear problems and trouble hearing, the 24- year-old was born with a determination to succeed. After winning the ACMF National Songwriting Competition in 2007, she travelled overseas in her early 20s to further her career. A six-week trip turned into three years. She performed shows in America, France, Greece and Dubai, where she secured a three-month contract at the Waldorf Astoria doing three 40-minute sets, six nights a week. The Madonna, Taylor Swift and Christina Aguilera fan hopes to emulate the career of her idols. "I want to be performing in stadiums and sell out arenas around the world. My goals keep getting bigger and bigger. They seem reachable now because of this show."

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