Pick up the phone to vote for Jimmy

COORAN singer Jimmy Davis is keen to show off his versatility in The X Factor's live shows.

The 22-year-old will perform tonight, having made the cut for the reality singing competition's top 12 group.

X Factor boss Simon Cowell and Davis's mentor Chris Isaak think he has what it takes, but to stay on the show he has to inspire viewers to pick up their phones to vote for him.

"I like the idea of being able to wink at the camera and that's the whole country," Davis told APN.

"That's pretty ridiculous. I'm pretty excited - I just hope I'm well received."

So far on the show the Gympie-born musician has performed songs by The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and David Bowie, but he doesn't want to be known as just a rock singer.

"I write folk songs, I write blues songs, I play with hip-hop guys back on the Sunny Coast," he said.

"My biggest fear is being categorised into something when I feel like I can do more."

Davis said growing up in the Sunshine Coast hinterland had shaped him as a songwriter.

"I feel most inspired when I'm travelling and seeing beautiful scenery, and the Sunshine Coast is just one big block of incredible scenery," he said.

"It has inspired me to write more."

Chris Isaak believes there is no one else like Davis in the top 12.

"Jimmy is a fantastic player and he's very unique - he doesn't sound like anybody else," Isaak said.

"In my spare time I keep looking up songs for Jimmy. I think I've found some good ones too.

"I think all three of my guys are really solid singers and they have a good shot."

Grammy nominee Isaak - best known for hit songs Wicked Game and Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing - has also inspired Davis to remain grounded in his newfound fame.

"He's just such a humble guy," Davis said.

"He's had a very big career and it hasn't gone to his head. It's not something he's told me, but it's just a lesson I've gained form interacting with him. It's really inspiring to see someone with that much of a legacy not being like 'I am the s***'."

Regardless of how far be progresses in The X Factor, Davis hopes to kickstart his career as a musician by touring with his own original songs.

The first X Factor live show airs tonight at 7pm on Channel 7.

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