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Guy Theodore Sebastian (born 26 October 1981) is an Australian singer-songwriter. He was the first winner of Australian Idol in 2003, and has been a judge on Australia's The X Factor.[3] He represented Australia at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in 5th place.[4]

Sebastian has released nine top ten albums, including two number ones. The first seven all gained either platinum or multi-platinum certification.[5][6] He has also achieved twenty one top twenty singles, with twelve reaching the top ten, including six number ones.[5] He is the only Australian male artist in Australian chart history to achieve six number one singles, and places third overall for all Australian acts.[7] Eight of his singles have been certified multi-platinum, including the 9× platinum "Battle Scars".[8][9][10][11] His debut single "Angels Brought Me Here" was the highest selling song in Australia last decade.[12] With 52 platinum and seven gold certifications and combined album and single sales of 3.9 million in Australia, he has the highest certifications and sales of any Australian Idol contestant.[6]

Sebastian has worked with a number of notable American musicians, including Brian McKnight, Robin Thicke, Steve Cropper, John Mayer, Jordin Sparks, Eve and Lupe Fiasco. "Battle Scars", a collaboration with Fiasco, spent 20 weeks on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at number 71 and achieved platinum certification.[13][14] "Battle Scars" also reached number two in Norway and New Zealand.[15] Sebastian has reached the top ten in New Zealand with an album and six singles, including two number ones, and gained six platinum and three gold certifications there.[16][17][18] In 2015 his Eurovision song charted in the top 50 in five European countries.[19][20][21]

During his career Sebastian has received 28 ARIA Award nominations, winning four including Best Pop Release and Best Live Act.[22][23][24][25][26] Other awards include the APRA Urban Work of the Year, the [V] Oz Artist of the Year, Urban Music Awards for Best Male Artist and Best R&B Album, and an International Songwriting Competition award for "Battle Scars". Sebastian has sung at many notable events, including performing for Pope Benedict XVI, Oprah Winfrey and Queen Elizabeth II.[27][28][29] He has a strong commitment to charity, he was previously an ambassador for World Vision Australia and the Australian Red Cross and has created his own foundation, The Sebastian