The X Factor Top 11 contestant Jimmy Davis.
The X Factor Top 11 contestant Jimmy Davis. Channel 7

Jimmy rocks his live TV debut on The X Factor

JIMMY Davis sparkled in his live TV  debut on The X Factor last night.

And it wasn't just because of his colourful outfit of gold pants and a blue sequinned jacket.

The red-haired Cooran singer impressed with his rendition of the Doobie Brothers' classic Long Train Running.


"As unique as he looks, he sounds that unique as well," his mentor Chris Isaak said when introducing him.

"When he sings he's on fire; he does it his own way."

Davis, who was born in Gympie and grew up on the Sunshine Coast, impressed with his vocals but divided the judging panel with his outfit.

James Blunt said he could see the 22-year-old fronting a band like Kings of Leon but that he seemed restricted in his clothing and movement on stage.

"Jimmy your voice is insane," Guy Sebastian said.

"It is glass-shattering. I think you know who you want to be; you love soulful rock music.

"The negative would just be I don't think you believe in yourself, like you were fearful... I think you need to believe in this unbelievable instrument (you have) and all the physical movement and performance skills need to match that."

Pop star Justin Bieber will perform on tomorrow night's first live decider show, when one singer will be eliminated.

Online bookmaker SportsBet tips swing singer Dan Hamill as the first singer likely to get the boot after his lacklustre performance of Maroon 5's This Love.

Details on how to vote to keep Davis on the show are on the X Factor website.