Paije Richardson has pledged to "work, work, work" in pursuit of his dreams of stardom despite being booted out of The X Factor.
The 20-year-old found himself in the bottom two on the TV talent show, along with early favourite Cher Lloyd, after his version of the Beatles' Let It Be failed to impress viewers.
In last night's results show, the student gave a moving performance of Stop in an attempt to save himself but the judges opted to keep Cher in the competition.
He told ITV1's Daybreak he wanted to sing live and concentrate on getting more experience of the music business.
He said: "I'm going to keep trying my best and doing whatever comes around and work, work, work until I achieve what I want."
The singer also backed fellow contestant Rebecca Ferguson to win the talent show. He said: "She believes in herself 100% and she is such a lovely person. You can't fault her for anything. As I say, she is so polite and she is so nice."
The show's judges all agreed Paije, who celebrated his 20th birthday last week, and Cher did not deserve to be in the bottom two of the competition.
But Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole and Louis Walsh all voted to send Paije home, while his mentor, Dannii Minogue, opted to send home Cher.
Simon said: "Neither of you deserve to be in the bottom. I am going to go with the person who I have continually supported. I am going to send home Paije."
Louis added: "I have always believed in Paije. From day one I saw something special but, Cher, in the sing-off you were incredible."