She wowed the nation with her goose bump-inducing rendition of Birdy's hit Skinny Love at The X Factor auditions but since making her momentous debut, Bella Ferraro struggled to recapture the same magic during the live shows.
But the girl who was touted a "star" from the get-go still managed to scrape through her performances each week to eventually make the top four - something Ferraro said she had never expected.
"I just thought 'There's no way I'm going to make it out of the first week, let alone the finals'," she told AAA by phone from Sydney.
"It's just so nice for people to vote (for me), it's their time and their money and to think that they've put that time and effort into voting for you is incredible."
Despite giving a teary farewell speech after her elimination was announced on Tuesday's show, Ferraro seemed content with the result and even admitted she had doubts about making the grand final next week.
"I didn't think I'd make the grand final, to be honest," she said. "I just didn't think I'd get the same amount of votes as the other three (acts)."
Though she has no regrets about her X Factor experience, it's safe to say Ferraro had a fair share of highs and lows during the competition.
One of her biggest downfalls unfolded on day three of boot camp, where she forgot the words to a Crowded House song.
"When I came into the live shows, it was just off the back of boot camp and obviously forgetting words turned a lot of people against me and I became the subject of a lot of hate and negativity," she said.
"The hate doesn't really bother me. I think people are going to like and dislike you no matter what, so you have to cop it on the chin. If it is constructive criticism, take it, if it's not, ignore it."
Given the fiery teen also copped a fair amount of flack from hard-nosed judge Mel B and was consistently at the centre of a war of words between the former Spice Girl and her mentor Natalie Bassingthwaighte does she feel bitter about all the negative feedback?
"Not really, she has her own opinion," she said. "I'm very far out of her genre but we need a Mel B on the panel, we need someone from that (genre), she has a really valid opinion and it's really good for someone like her to critique us."
Aside from missing out on a chance to vie for the 2012 X Factor title - which will be contested by Perth singer Samantha Jade, small-town country teen Jason Owen and super group The Collective next week - the fresh-faced 18-year-old is determined to make her mark in the music world.
"I'd definitely like to have my own album out and I'd like to gig for a little bit as well," she said.
"(The experience) has really inspired me above anything else."