The X Factor 2016 finalist Davey Woder.
The X Factor 2016 finalist Davey Woder. Jeremy Greive

Davey Woder: I'm The X Factor underdog

DAVEY Woder doesn't mind being the underdog on The X Factor.

The father-of-three is one of our finalists who are competing in the reality singing show's grand final Sunday and Monday nights for a prized recording contract with Sony Music Australia.

"I'm definitely the underdog," Woder told APN yesterday during a quick visit to Logan for a hometown concert.

"I never thought I'd have a shot at winning. I've surprised a lot of people, especially myself."

The 34-year-old grew up in Mackay before moving to south-east Queensland with his older brother.

"In grade three I used to sit at school listening to my brother's choir because I was waiting to go home with him. That's when I started singing. Then I started writing songs when I was about 14 when I got my first guitar.

"I only had one tape growing up; remember cassette tapes? It was a Michael Jackson's Dangerous."

Woder is up against three other singers half his age, who have probably never used a cassette tape.

The X Factor 2016 grand finalists, from left, Amalia Foy, Isaiah Firebrace, Davey Woder and Vlado Saric.
The X Factor 2016 grand finalists, from left, Amalia Foy, Isaiah Firebrace, Davey Woder and Vlado Saric. Jeremy Greive

"I'm the old man there now," he laughed. "I get along with Vlado pretty well; he's a good kid."

Woder has struggled with being away from his young family - his son Ocean is eight and his daughters Unique and Harmony are aged seven and four respectively - during the past month.

"My daughters just tell me how much they love me and miss me," he said.

"They get really emotional when they watch me because I'm not there. I keep telling them it's all going to end soon."

Woder is now in intense preparations with his mentor Guy Sebastian for Sunday's final live performance show.

X Factor finalist Davey Woder with his mentor Guy Sebastian.
X Factor finalist Davey Woder with his mentor Guy Sebastian. Jeremy Greive

"It's full-on mate. It's really busy all the time," he said. "I think I'm singing with Robbie Williams; I'm really nervous.

"If I could I would love to be able to perform one more of my own songs."

The down-to-earth dad has won over viewers with his endearing larrikin spirit and is known for his trademark 'head rag', a wrap which he makes from T-shirts and originally started wearing to keep his hair and sweat out of his eyes while working as a tyre fitter.

But he won't indulge in any thoughts about his future in music after X Factor just yet.

"I never get my hopes up mate," he said.

"I've taken it one day at a time the entire competition. Now there's only like four days left so bring it on.

"I'd just thank them (the viewers who have voted for me) from the kindest part of my heart. I don't know how to thank everyone; I wish I could in some way and I will every chance I get."

The X Factor grand final shows air Sunday at 7pm and Monday at 7.30pm on Channel 7.


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