From homebody to TV star

From homebody to TV star
X Factor Australia winner Dami Im (above).

The X Factor Australia champion Dami Im is of Korean ancestry and has released a Korean version of her recent hit single, Super Love. But there is little chance of her heading down the K-pop path, however huge the Hallyu, or Korean pop culture wave, becomes.

She says: "When the next album comes out, it will be released in South Korea and I am hoping to do a few songs in Korean, but a full album in Korean? I'm not sure yet.

"I don't know if I am a K-pop artist as such, with a pretty figure and doing dances; I'm more like a musician and songwriter."

The 25-year-old was speaking to Life! in a telephone interview from her home in Brisbane.

Im, who was born in South Korea but has lived in Australia since she was nine, is the first Asian singer to win the reality singing show.

She will stage her first public performance here at the Play:Live 2014 music event at Marina Bay Sands on Oct 4, alongside other acts such as Canadian singer Daniela Andrade and Mike Tompkins, a British artist who uses his voice to create all kinds of sounds.

Im changed from a homebody to one of Australia's most recognised faces after she won the fifth season of X Factor Australia last year.

"My life has changed completely, 100 per cent. I never used to be so busy. Before X Factor, I was always at home waiting for Noah, my husband, to come home from work," she says. Her husband, who is also ethnic Korean, works for a non-governmental organisation.

"People recognise me now so I have to put effort in what I wear and put on make-up whenever I go out. I don't want to disappoint them, so I can't be seen in public wearing pyjamas," Im adds with a laugh.

More importantly, she hopes her win will boost the morale of people from smaller communities.

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