A SMOOTHIE shop in Echuca’s main street is doing a roaring trade on a tropical-flavoured drink called “Isaiah’s dream”.
It’s a mark of how much the Echuca Moama community has rallied behind local boy Isaiah Firebrace, the 16-year-old Aboriginal R&B star who is within reach of winning reality competition The X Factor.
“Everyone’s proud of me and really happy for me that I’m doing what I love,” he said.
Isaiah Firebrace first gained attention for his baritone voice when he entered the Fast Track singing competition in Melbourne and has since won many fans with his renditions of songs by Adele, Alicia Keys and others on the reality show.
Though he has progressed to the final stages of the competition - with the finale coming up in two weeks - Isaiah still finds it all hard to believe.
“I keep forgetting that I’m on national television every week, it’s crazy,” he said.
Isaiah said he has enjoyed working with judges Mel B, Iggy Azalea, Guy Sebastian and his mentor Adam Lambert, who he said is down-to-earth and funny.
On Sunday, Isaiah will be singing one of two songs voted on by the public; he’s hoping that he gets to sing Bob Marley’s No Woman, No Cry.
From there he’s hoping he can do well in the competition and go on to forge a successful music career.
“Whatever happens, happens and I’m just very grateful and proud of myself for making it this far,” he said.
“But if I do make it to the grand final that would be amazing.”