Though the judges praised Adrien Nookadu for his good looks and singing and dancing, it wasn't enough to save the 17-year-old from elimination on Monday night's The X Factor.
"It was very emotional. Being on stage when they said the results was a bit overwhelming and everyone came on stage and started crying - it was a big
teary party," Nookadu told AAA.
"When I went backstage I had a good chat with Nat (Bassingthwaighte, his mentor) and my family and that really chilled me out, and the tears went away."
The Sydney teenager said he was happy with what he achieved on the Seven talent quest but wished he could have stayed longer to show more of what he could do.
"I had the chance to dance and I had the chance to rap but I really would have loved to show my musicality because I play instruments," he revealed. "I would have loved to show how I play guitar or how I play my piano or drums.
"I feel like I could have shown a little bit more but I guess everything happens for a reason and this is what life wants for me."
Fans flooded social-media channels soon after Nookadu's elimination, claiming he was robbed and the judges and the voting public should have kept him in the competition longer.
"I'm getting so much response from fans who are supporting me after being eliminated," he said. "They're doing this #SonySignAdrien hashtag and they're very supportive and I love all of them."