The nation watched as Nicholas McDonald gave way to emotion during the crucial judge’s house round in Saint-Tropez.
To have fought his way that far and face the threat of failure was simply too much to bear - and the judges, caught up in the moment, shed tears too.
Judge Louis Walsh hovered for agonising moments before finally deciding in Nicholas’ favour - but, his voice shaking with emotion, the Motherwell boy was adamant he was up to the challenge.
“I died a thousand deaths watching that programme - we all did,” said his mum Eileen, from Bothwell, “but the positive vibes willing him to win were overwhelming.”
Later he arrived home in Motherwell for a precious 24-hour break with his family.
“It was wonderful,” said Eileen. “He was every bit his old self, and completely happy - and looking fantastic.
She revealed that just moments after he stepped off the train from London at Glasgow’s Central Station Nicholas was accosted by a woman determined to offer him “a large sum of cash” - if only he would sing for ten minutes at her daughter’s birthday party in town.
Nicholas was on such a high he found it hard to say no - but getting home to Motherwell was the only priority.
Now his family are getting set to head the other way, for a short stay in London where they’ll give him all their support for the start of the live judging shows.
They’re pinning their hopes on his growing army of local fans in Motherwell, Bellshill, Bothwell and Uddington to carry him through.