His X Factor dreams have been dashed two years running, but ousted Perth contestant Josh Brookes says he has now realised more about his inner potential than ever before.
While the Merriwa-raised singer missed out on a spot in the show's top 12 last year, he fought through for a place on the current series but was dumped shortly after due to a Twitter scandal that saw him and fellow contestant Adil Memon request racy pictures from their followers.
However, 20-year-old Brookes is determined to move past the momentary lapse in judgment and prove he has what it takes by headlining upcoming charity concert KidsAid alongside pop songstress Jessica Mauboy and The Voice star Sarah De Bono at the Regal Theatre on December 19.
Between rehearsals for the show, Brookes told AAA he jumped when the offer came his way to join the line-up.
"Ever since I was young, it's always been a dream of mine to do charity for younger kids," he said. "When I heard about KidsAid I knew it was a big opportunity. I can't wait."
Though Brookes was not keen to talk about his time on The X Factor, he said the experience had taught him not to give up. "I am only going to work harder next year and I'll probably get knocked back two or three more times but I will keep getting back up," he said.
"I am more determined than ever, and I have this year on that show to thank for it."The driving fource behind Brookes' comeback is a loyal band of supporters determined to see the singer succeed. Since reactivating his Twitter account, Brookes has already amassed more than 27,000 followers.