Andrew's star still shines

Andrew Lawson, X Factor finalist.
Andrew Lawson, X Factor finalist.

THE Sony Music recording contract was within arm’s reach for X Factor hopeful Andrew Lawson last night.

But the 18-year-old was was eliminated from the competition in last night’s grand final.

Andrew stood in shock as tears welled when he missed out on the final two spots.

But what followed was a testament to all he achieved and how much he had grown as an artist and as a person since auditioning for the competition.

Andrew watched his journey on X Factor on the big screen, from his first audition to singing with James Blunt on Sunday.

He was given a standing ovation as the montage came to an end and he thanked the nation for all its love and support.

The teenage singer said he never thought he would make it as far as he did, and he was very proud of himself.

It was Altiyan Childs, who was named the winner of X- Factor 2010.

Hairdresser Sally Chatfield, from Victoria, was runner-up.

Andrew went from a massive high last week performing for hundreds of screaming fans at the Sunshine Beach High School and then at the Noosa Surf Club.

After gaining a place at the presitigious Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Andrew decided to defer his course.

He made the grand final with a stunning performance of Sinatra’s Fly Me To The Moon.

“I didn’t like the theory side (at the conservatorium) ... I just wanted to get going and kick start my singing, which is why I left the course,” he said.

“I heard about The X Factor auditions and decided to give it a go.”

Born in Northern Ireland, Andrew and his family moved to New Zealand when he was six years old, before moving to Noosa five years ago.

He started playing guitar at age seven, and writes his own music.

Singing is the first thing he does when he gets up and the last thing he does before bed.

Andrew said his Dad exposed him to a different world of music.

He listed Elvis, Sinatra, Dean Martin and Willie Nelson as his singing idols.

“They are great story-tellers,” he said.

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