Jimmy bows out in style
JIMMY Davis never expected to win The X Factor, so a Top 9 finish is a bonus for the talented singer.
The Gympie-born, Cooran-raised musician was eliminated from the reality singing show in Tuesday's double elimination.
"Honestly I don't think there was a better way of leaving than how I did last night," he told APN.
"The last two songs painted a very nice picture."
The 22-year-old dedicated his outgoing song, Elton John's Rocket Man, to his mum Robyn, who was in the studio audience in Sydney to support him.
"It's one of the first songs I ever sung in front of my mum as a kid," he said.
"I remember driving home from soccer practice and singing it and mum said 'You're really good at that'.
"I'm happy she was here with me for the last of it. Having her and my friends, who came down over the past two days, here really pulled me through it. They kept me in the right headspace."
Davis says he's ready to return home to the Sunshine Coast and be "the director of my own life".
"Obviously I wouldn't have minded making it a little further through the show but this means I get to go back to doing my own thing quicker," he said.
"I've already got my own plan and I'm not relying on another songwriter to write my songs. I'm happy in the sense that I get to sing my own songs again."
His original song Be Kind is currently available as a free download from his website, Jimmydavisofficial.com.
Davis plans to drive back down to Sydney in the coming months to work on new material with his backing band.
"I'll be getting back into the studio to get ready for an EP or an album, whatever comes first," he said.
"I feel like a lot more people know of me now."
The red-haired rocker has been buoyed and amused by the social media response to his X Factor exit.
"I was just shown a post before on the show's Facebook page that said me being kicked off the show was an even worse decision than Tony Abbott being elected," he said.
"It has like 500 likes; that one is pretty funny."
He's also keen to fulfil his long-held dream of performing at the Woodford Folk Festival.
"If they put me in late notice (this year) I'd absolutely love to," he said.
"That would mean the world to me."
The X Factor airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 7.30pm on Channel 7.