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Adil melts hearts
Adil Memon. Picture: Paul Broben.

X Factor contestant Adil Memon overcame one of the biggest meltdown's in the show's history last night to produce what Guy Sebastian called one of the best performances he had ever seen recorded for television.

The teenage lifeguard became paralysed with nerves ahead of the group performance, which was, in fact, only the second time he had sung in front of an audience.

Followed by a camera crew, the 18-year-old ran to the bathroom, breaking down in tears. It looked like it was going to be the end of the road for the colourful character, until fellow contestant Carmelo Munzone convinced him to carry on.

Memon tells AAA he was embarrassed about his tears being caught on camera but said he was pleased he had stuck it out.

"The performance moved me. It was probably one of the greatest experiences I have ever had with music in my life," he said.

The English-born Queensland-based teenager first drew attention during the audition, where Mel B asked him to bare his sixpack to screams from the females in the audience.

"I was pretty nerve-wracked about auditioning, so I was kind of unsure when she asked me to do that," he said.

"But everyone was all into it, so it was pretty funny."

While he only started singing a year ago, Memon has been playing guitar for almost eight years. He first tried out for a reality talent show in 2010, appearing with his older sister, Maimuna, as a duo on Australia's Got Talent, where they made it through to the semifinals.

Born to an Irish mother and Pakistani father, Adil migrated to Ipswich, Queensland in 2008 from England after a family holiday in Australia. He deferred his university study to audition for X Factor.

Since it began three weeks ago, The X Factor has maintained its 100 per cent strike rate as the country's No.1 rating show.

The reality singing competition has now won the ratings on each of the seven nights it has screened.

The final episode of boot camp, where the top 24 are decided, will air today on Seven/GWN7 at 7.30pm.