Rocker Altiyan Childs has taken out the 2010 title of The X Factor Australia, beating Sally Chatfield and Andrew Lawson in the final decider on Monday night.
The thirty-five year old impressed the judging panel and the Australian public with his rock performances, overcoming a turbulent start in the competition with his whacky behaviour and notoriously forgetting his lyrics in his audition.
Crooner Andrew Lawson was eliminated earlier in the night, leaving Childs and twenty-year-old Chatfield to battle it out for The X Factor title.
But it was Childs, the crowd and bookies favourite, who was announced as the winner at the end of the two-hour finale, having impressed audiences with a number of eighties rock anthems throughout the series.
Childs' mentor, Ronan Keating, said he was incredibly proud of his understudy.
"He just ticks all the boxes, he's a real star," Keating said.
"The world just needs to get ready for Altiyan Childs."
The glitzy finale featured an impressive pyrotechnic display with a number of big name guest performances by Jamiroquai, INXS, James Blunt, X Factor mentor Guy Sebastian and US rapper Eve.
As winner of the singing competition, Childs won a recording contract with Sony, with his first single titled "Somewhere In The World".
The Seven Network is yet to confirm whether the series will be back in 2011.
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