Charismatic Kangaroo Valley musician Danny Ross divided the judges in this week's battle round of The Voice - but his energetic performance won out.
Ross, 30, and fellow Team Joel contestant Chris Sheehy brought the audience - and the judges - to their feet with their rousing renditions of the Lenny Kravitz rock track Are You Gonna Go My Way.
With judge Ricky Martin voting for Sheehy, Seal backing Ross and Delta Goodrem choosing not to choose, mentor Joel Madden had to take a "time out" to decide which of his contestants to put through to the next round of competition.
But Ross's unique voice and onstage presence clinched the win, with Madden later predicting that he could take out the entire competition claiming he had, "pure charisma ... great voice, one-of-a-kind voice".
Ross admitted backstage to nerves during the third battle round of the show on Monday night but said, "It was amazing, I've really worked hard on that track and I wanted to do justice to its creator."
Ross first wowed the judges with his rendition of When the Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin, with Seal and Madden fighting to have him on their teams.
Madden, lead vocalist for American pop punk band Good Charlotte, won out and Ross also gets to work with Australian musician Ben Lee as he prepares for the upcoming showdown round.
It's a great opportunity for the Kangaroo Valley lad whose passion for music began when he was 11, after his father's death to skin cancer.
His father, a farmer, had struggled with drought his whole working life but singing and songwriting had been his solace - and Ross vowed to focus his life on making music.
He hopes The Voice will give him the opportunity to share his passion with the world.