Why Jack Vidgen was forced to flee Australia after finding fame

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The Voice contestant Jack Vidgen, 22, lived in Los Angeles after finding fame on Australia's Got Talent in 2011. Photo: Channel Nine/Getty
Jack Vidgen lived in Los Angeles after appearing on Australia's Got Talent. Photo: Channel Nine/Getty

Jack Vidgen has opened up about why he left the country soon after shooting to fame as a teenager on Australia’s Got Talent.

The now-22-year-old made the revelations ahead of his highly praised The Voice audition on Sunday, and delved into what really happened after his rapid rise to fame and eventual fade from the public eye.

“Everything blew up so much I was just like, ‘I need to get out of here, I’m going to LA’, and that was that,” he told news.com.au.

“I was 16, I left everyone behind me and I isolated myself in a way, I kind of cut people out of my life. I blocked out my family, I blocked out my friends.”

“I was in this little bubble in LA and I think it was the only thing I really felt control over at that point.”

The escape was aimed at facilitating Jack’s fledgling music career after he achieved post-show success when his debut album Yes I Am, peaked at No.3 on the ARIA charts.

The Voice's Jack Vidgen has revealed why he had to leave Australia after finding fame on Australia's Got Talent. Photo: Channel Nine
Jack said he had to leave the country after shooting to fame as a teenager on Australia’s Got Talent. Photo: Channel Nine

However, the overseas stay wasn’t to last and Jack later admitted his stint in Tinseltown eventually caused him to fall out of love with music.

“Over the course of the year different things happened and I guess you get exposed to different things in the industry, and just being 16 that can be pretty heavy,” he said.

The then-teenager also recently revealed eventually ran out of cash to pursue a music career in the notoriously competitive city.

“I funded it myself going across to LA and that costs a lot of money. If you think about all the transfers, the cars, the flights, it all costs money,” he told New Idea.

Jack will make his TV comeback on Sunday night's episode of The Voice, weeks after his somewhat surprising return to the spotlight.
Jack will make his TV comeback on Sunday night's episode of The Voice. Photo: Instagram/jack.vidgen/

It’s now been more than five years since Jack performed in front of an audience - a time he’s dedicated to finding himself through a myriad of service and retail jobs.

But his high widely-anticipated second chance at a music career will debut in Sunday’s episode of The Voice, along with an all-grown-up transformation.

“ANNOUNCING: @jack.vidgen is coming to The Blinds to remind Australia what he’s made of,” read a recent post on the official The Voice Australia Instagram page.

He’ll be joined by a number of ‘all-stars’ including Australian Idol’s Lee Harding.

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