Darwin schoolgirl Shiane Hawke will be going back to the Northern Territory with her head held high after finishing fifth on the current season of The X Factor.
The 14-year-old with the big voice was the youngest contestant to make it through to this year's final 12 and had many people questioning whether she could handle the pressure.
Following her elimination on Tuesday, Hawke told AAA she had emerged from the show with new-found resilience.
"I feel really proud that I have proven a lot of people wrong," she said. "People said 'You're too young, come back in two years', but surprisingly I did it - I made it to the top five."
But the road wasn't easy for Hawke, who not only had to push through her nerves but also revealed she was coping with a disability - she was born with her feet back-to-front.
The condition made it difficult for the teen to stand for long periods of time.
However, Hawke was determined not to let it hold her back.
"Having to go on stage and dancing around in high heels did hurt my feet but I've dealt with the pain since I was young so I didn't struggle too much," she said.
It was judge and mentor Natalie Bassingthwaighte who encouraged Hawke to believe in her talent and the two bonded during the show.
The former Rogue Traders star was clearly devastated to see her charge leave the competition, but Hawke said she would be staying in touch with Bassingthwaighte.
"We spent a lot of time together and she was always helping me with stuff," Hawke said.
"She was like a second mum."
The teen is now looking forward to being a big name in her home town and returning back to normal life, with her education remaining her top priority.Hawke won't be giving up on music, though. "Hopefully, I will get my name out there and maybe one day I will be singing with Adele," she said.
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