The X Factor dream is over for Tangaroa Te Tai after the Kiwi miner was eliminated from the Australian talent quest just shy of the finals.
Known as 'Big T', Te Tai had been predicted by judge James Blunt to win the show, but he was eliminated in last night's live semi-final.
Te Tai, a Perth-based miner who auditioned in his work boots and high vis vest, thanked fans for their support along the way.
"I'd like to thank X Factor for this journey of a lifetime. If you've got a dream, anything is possible if you work hard. To everyone here, good luck and may the best person win," he said after his elimination.
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Te Tai performed Gnarls Barkley's Crazy in the finale, but found himself eliminated based on public votes.
Singing teen Cyrus Villanueva, duo Jess Dunbar and Matt Price, and mum Louise Adams will battle it out in next week's finale.