The Australia's Got Talent dream has ended for Canberra's heavy metal kid, Callum McPhie, who was voted off the final episode of the show on Monday night.
The 10-year-old performed Through the Fire and Flames by DragonForce on a stage emblazoned by real flames in the grand final on Sunday night to high praise from the judges.
But he failed to attract enough votes to make it through to the top five and stay in the running to take home the $250,000 first prize on Monday's "decider".
Many of the pint-sized rock star's fans felt he had been robbed, judging by the reaction on social media, expressing their disbelief over the extent of his talent at a young age.
But several said they expected to see the "little legend" popping up again.
The fast-tracked 10-year-old high school student could now turn his attention to stardom of a different kind, after previously telling Fairfax Media he wanted to be an astrophysicist as well as a musician.
The first prize was taken home by 14-year-old Fletcher Pilon, who brought the judges to tears with an emotional audition just three months after his younger brother Banjo died after being hit by a car.