THE COLAC-BORN mother of The X-Factor champion Cyrus Villanueva says her life will never be the same following her son’s win on the Channel Seven reality program.
Wollongong-based Tracie Villanueva grew up in Colac and is the daughter of Colac’s Nola and Alan Gray and the sister of Birregurra’s Jason Gray.
Cyrus, 19, received a recording contract with Sony Music after he won the publicly-voted The X-Factor grand final over Mount Gambier singer Louise Adams and Sydney duo Jess Dunbar and Matt Price this week.
Mrs Villanueva said she was immensely proud of Cyrus’s journey on the show and “the way he conducted himself the whole time.”
She described the whirlwind of activity following her son’s victory on Tuesday night as “stardom heaven”.
“I don’t know when it will hit me,” Mrs Villanueva said.
“I remember we were on the stage and things were wrapping up, and I thought, how did I get to this stage, I don’t even remember going down there.”
Cyrus’s grandparents, Nola and Alan Gray, returned home to Colac on Wednesday night after staying in Sydney and Wollongong over the past two weeks.
Mr Gray said he and his wife were “over the moon” with their grandson’s win.
“I don’t know how we’re ever going to settle down again,” he said.
“It was a wonderful experience and we were just glad to be able to be part of it, because it’s something that doesn’t happen very often.”
Cyrus’s uncle, Jason Gray, said he “could not be prouder” of his nephew for winning the competition and hoped to catch up with him in Melbourne next month.
“He worked his butt off and he thoroughly deserves all the accolades that come with being The X-Factor winner,” he said.
Sony Music released Cyrus’s debut single, Stone, immediately after he won The X-Factor on Tuesday night.
Stone was No.1 on the Australian iTunes singles charts yesterday.
Cyrus will release his debut self-titled album containing re-recorded versions of songs he performed on The X-Factor on December 9.
Mrs Villanueva said her son was booked up with commitments until Christmas Eve and she was “not sure when we’ll see him again”.
But she said Cyrus was ready to embrace all the hard work ahead of him as he began life as Australia’s newest pop star.
“When the head of Sony was talking to him, he said ‘Cyrus, we have a big couple of weeks and months ahead’,” she said.
“And Cryus just stood there and smiled and said, ‘I’m ready’.”