Ruffo gets his chance
Ruffo gets his chance

Johnny Ruffo says he is "excited" at the prospect of becoming a heart-throb after making it through the final round of The X Factor auditions last night.

The 23-year-old single concreter from Balcatta almost didn't make it through on Seven's smash-hit reality talent search, with the judges concerned about his singing and new mum Mel B giving him the thumbs down.

The three other judges - Ronan Keating, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Guy Sebastian - were impressed enough by Ruffo's smooth Michael Jackson-inspired dance moves to send him through to the boot-camp round of the competition in Sydney, which kicks off tonight at 7.30.

Ruffo told Access All Areas his voice was under pressure due to the impact of his dancing, but he was sure he would be able to knock it out of the park during his next performance in boot camp.

He joins fellow Perth contestant Josh Brookes in the under-25 male category, which will be mentored by Sebastian. The other judges' categories will be revealed at the beginning of tonight's episode.During the boot-camp round, all four judges are joined by a celebrity guest judge to help them make the difficult decision of who to keep. Sebastian is joined by Wynter Gordon, Keating teams up with the Veronicas, Bassingthwaighte is teamed with Darren Hayes and Mel B gets advice from her husband, Hollywood producer Stephen Belafonte.

Next week on The X Factor will be a reunion of sorts for the Spice Girls, with Mel B securing help from Sporty Spice Mel C on the program as part of the judges' houses stage of the competition. Each judge will pick their three favourite acts to represent them in the live studio shows.

The final 12 contestants will be selected at the judges' homes in episodes that will air next week.

Mel C discussed her appearance on Twitter, saying that she was excited to be helping her former bandmate in her new role.

"Hello all. Thexfactor_au (Australia) is well under way. I'll be helping out my old band mate OfficialMelB 13-15th Sept," she tweeted.

The West Australian

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