Benny Tipene

BennyTipene_BricksPhotoBenny Tipene of The X Factor NZ fame, released his debut album yesterday, titled Bricks.

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bennytipeneHe might as well have won the first season of The X Factor NZ as Palmerston North’s Benny Tipene has today released his fourth single.

Tipene, who placed third on the show, has now released more music than the winner Jackie Thomas who has only the winner’s single It’s Worth It to her name.

Tipene’s single, Step On Up, is available on iTunes.

If there is anything good to be said about Sony’s handling of the X Factor post the show it’s that they appear to actually be doing something.  Unlike Idol where things floundered and then vanished, Sony appear to be taking their role seriously and the fact that 3 of the finalists have now released singles suggests that auditioning for a second season might be worthwhile after all.  I’ve always suggested that the success of the series came down to how committed Sony were going to be to the contestants post the show.  So far things seem to be panning out better than I had expected.

First, Jackie Thomas release her winners single, It’s Worth It and then runner up Whenua Patuwai release his debut single Something Special. This morning, third place getter Benny Tipene release his debut single Walking On Water which has gone straight to number one on iTunes.

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XfactorlogoThe X Factor NZ is heading to Christchurch, Greymouth and Palmerston North this week as Grand Finalists Whenua Patuwai, Jackie Thomas and Benny Tipene each visits their hometown for some last minute support and inspiration.

Starting in Christchurch on Tuesday, The X Factor NZ Top 3 are looking forward to catching up with family and friends, and performing for local fans ahead of their biggest challenge to date – this weekend’s Grand Finals. Continue reading »