07/09/2015 08:21 BST | Updated 07/09/2015 08:59 BST

X Factor's Anton Stephans Reveals Six-Year Cancer Battle: 'I Was Given Six Weeks To Live'

X Factor’ contestant Anton Stephans has revealed how he had six weeks to live after battling a rare form of cancer.


The singer - who wowed the judges on Sunday (6 September) - endured a six-year battle against the micro-melanoma, and at one point, doctors were convinced he was not going to make it.

However, Anton made a miraculous recovery, and his ordeal gave him the confidence to audition for the ITV talent show.

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Anton Stephans appeared on 'Good Morning Britain'

Speaking about his cancer on ‘Good Morning Britain’, he told host Susanna Reid: "I had tumours on my pituitary glands and my adrenal glands.

“At one stage I was given six weeks to live. Thankfully they didn't tell me that at the time."

He continued: “I pretty much thought that if I get through this I’m going to do all the things that I've been frightened of doing.

“You kind of know with your body and I decided ‘I’m going to beat this and do ‘The X Factor'.”

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Anton Stephans auditioned with his dog, Honey

Anton reportedly opened up about his illness to judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora, but the scenes were cut from Sunday (6 September) night’s show.

"I was very ill. I was running on a treadmill and passed out. I woke up in hospital. I started to lose my hearing and my sight. That was just awful,” he said.

"I had to have operations on my brain. Before one op I was given just six weeks to live. There was a moment in 2009 when I thought, 'oh dear, this could be it."

Aton earned four yeses from the panel after his rendition of Jennifer Hudson’s ‘I Am Changing’.

Simon commented: “The reason we never put an age limit on this show was so that we could find people like you. I genuinely mean that. There’s no question you have the likeability factor.”

Watch Anton's audition again below...


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