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    Johnny Ruffo

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    Johnny Ruffo is an Australian singer-songwriter and dancer, notable for being a finalist on the third season of The X Factor (Australia) in 2011. He placed third in the competition and subsequently signed a recording contract with Sony Music Australia. In 2012, Ruffo won the twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars (Australia). His debut single "On Top" was released in June 2012, which peaked at number 14 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified platinum.

    Early life

    Johnny Ruffo was born in Balcatta, Western Australia, to parents Jill and Pascoe Ruffo. Ruffo's parents separated when he was three years-old. He spent most of his youth living in a small Homeswest unit with his mother. At the age of 12, Ruffo began pursuing his dream in music, following in the footsteps of his idol, Michael Jackson. He also taught himself how to play the guitar and piano, and wrote his first song at the age of 14. Ruffo was educated at Balcatta Senior High School. Before entering The X Factor, he worked as a concreter and got into the business thanks to his father who works in the trade. Ruffo also performed around Perth with electro-pop band, Supanova.

    2011: The X Factor Australia

    Ruffo successfully auditioned for the third season of The X Factor (Australia) in 2011, singing Jay Sean's "Do You Remember". He eventually reached the live shows and was mentored by Guy Sebastian. On 22 November 2011, it was announced that Ruffo placed third in the competition, while fellow contestant Reece Mastin was announced as the winner.
    Ruffo performed the following songs on The X Factor:

    2011–present: Record deal, upcoming debut album and other ventures

    Ruffo performing at One Direction's Up All Night Tour in Sydney, April 2012
    Shortly after the completion of The X Factor, Ruffo told News Limited on 30 November 2011 that he was offered a record deal with a major record label, whose name he was not allowed to confirm at the time.[6] He also revealed that he had already recorded several new tracks, stating "I've been in the studio in Perth recording some singles, quite a few different tracks so we can get the right one out there for my first release. The songs are very much my style, which is pop, R&B, mainstream sort of stuff". In December 2011, Ruffo told Take 40 Australia that he had recorded a duet with his X Factor mentor Guy Sebastian. On 16 December 2011, he co-hosted the radio program Nova's Fresh Hits with Gawndy on Nova FM. On 20 December 2011, Ruffo performed at the Melbourne State Library as part of the Optus Celebrity Carols initiative to raise money for World Vision Australia.
    In January 2012, Ruffo revealed via his official Twitter account that he was working on his debut album in New York. He was a supporting act for Reece Mastin's first headlining national tour in Adelaide on 28, 29 and 31 January. In March 2012, it was revealed that the record label Ruffo had signed with was Sony Music Australia. The following month, he became a celebrity contestant on the twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars and was partnered with professional dancer Luda Kroitor. Later that month, Ruffo was a supporting act for One Direction's Australian leg of their Up All Night Tour. On 18 April 2012, Ruffo was announced as the runner-up of Cleo magazine's 2012 Bachelor of the Year contest. In May 2012, he was a supporting act for New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys' Australian leg of their NKOTBSB Tour.
    Ruffo's debut single "On Top" was released on 15 June 2012. The song peaked at number 14 on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), denoting shipments of 70,000 copies. Ruffo was announced as the winner of Dancing with the Stars on 17 June 2012. His winnings from the show were donated to the Youth Off The Streets charity. In September 2012, Ruffo will join the live shows of the fourth season of The X Factor as a social media reporter.

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