Sydney forklift driver wins his last shot at fame in The X Factor final.
Forklift driver Alityan Childs has won Seven's X Factor contest, beating 20-year-old Sally Chatfield and 18-year-old Andrew Lawson.
For the 35-year-old singer it was possibly his last chance at fame after previously trying his luck with a Sydney rock band.
Childs was always seen as the dark horse in the contest, with some performances that were praised while others werecriticised. Many had questioned whether he should even have been selected by mentor Ronan Keating.
But the former Boyzone singer stuck by his act even when he took time out to spend the night in a cave.
Last night, Keating summed up Childs' roller coaster ride.
"If we go back to the auditions, forgetting the words on the elimination night in the first week, there were boos in the audience. The way he has grown, the journey he has had, his delivery, his belief, his confidence, his ability ... he just ticks all the boxes. He's a real star," he said.
"The world needs to get ready for Altiyan Childs. It's going to be unbelievable."
Childs was almost speechless at winning the title, fighting back tears on the X Factor stage.
"Australia, thanks for stealing my heart away," he said.
"I just want to say to my father, we did it!"
Childs wins a recording contract with Sony, which releases he debut song "Somewhere in the World."
Runner-up Sally Chatfield may also be destined for a performing career after proving a dynamic performer across the series. The hairdresser's apprentice impressed with her vocal strength and staying power in the reality contest. She showed she has the ability to sing everything from ballads by Christina Aguilera to thumping Paramore tracks.
Crooner Andrew Lawson was outperformed by the final two acts, but with Kyle Sandilands onside may yet find industry doors open for him.
Seven is yet to declare whether The X Factor will return for 2011, amid questions about the costs attached to the show versus the ratings returns. The Seven series put on an impressive show with big name acts including Jamiroquai, James Blunt, INXS, Boyzone, Adam Lambert, Enrique Iglesias, Mike Posner, Jason Derulo, Ke$ha, Robin Gibb and Mel B.
Seven CEO David Leckie has previously said he would love the show to return but much will depend on negotiating a new deal with producers FremantleMedia Australia and creator Simon Cowell.