“That is what I wanted to come across in that performance.”
And even the usually icy Boy George had tears streaming down his face after his contestant, Diana Rouvas – who was crowned the winner – gave a moving performance of Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You.
“You're like a prize fighter, you are one of the best singers that I have heard in years. Years. And I have worked with a lot of people,” he gushed.
“You could stand up there with anyone Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, and hold your own. That has got to make this country very proud.”
However, fans were left less than impressed by Rouvas’ win, with many taking to social media to claim the Nine singing competition was “rigged” after a website crash left thousands unable to vote.