Korean-born contestant Im Da-mi became the first-ever Asian winner of Australia's popular TV audition show X Factor last October.
Her success has inspired other immigrants in Australia and turned her into a symbol of hope for people chasing their dreams in a foreign land.
"The biggest change that winning [the show] brought to my life is that I have a lot more influence now," she said. "I consider myself unbelievably lucky to be able to positively impact others."
Im visited Korea on Wednesday before the release of her first single "Super Love" this week. She kicked off her showcase performance at a concert hall in Seoul with Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge over Troubled Water."
"I was greatly saddened by the news of the ferry disaster [off the southwest on April 16], so I wanted to console the families of the victims with this song," she said.
"I've really admired singers like Kim Dong-ryul and Lee Juck since I was a child. When I'm ready, I'd love to expand my career to Korea, too. My dream is to sing a duet with Lee," she said.