About Johnny Ruffo

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At the age of twelve, Johnny 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 fourteen.

Ruffo rose to fame as a grand finalist on the third season of The X Factor Australia in 2011, placing 3rd in the competition. Ruffo subsequently signed a recording contract with Sony Music Australia and began working on his debut album. “Being on a show like X-Factor is just a platform and an opportunity, and after that you’ve really got to work your ass off to create more opportunities because it’s just the beginning. If you go quiet for a couple of months, people will forget about you in a heart beat, you really need to stay on top of it and work and work and work. I really don’t mind it though, I really want to show people that I’m here for the long haul and that I want to make a serious mark in the music industry”, says Johnny.

In 2012, he won the 12th season of Dancing with the Stars Australia. He's performed onstage with international hip hop superstars Salt 'N Pepa, Guy Sebastian and Reece Mastin, and was even hand-selected to support global pop sensations One Direction on their record-breaking tour down under, as well as touring with US pop icons Backstreet Boys and NKOTB.