BY LISA WARREN
It seems that a local man's ride on the television show "The X Factor" has been up-and-down.
Freddie Combs, the 540-pound, wheelchair-bound singer who lists himself as a minister and Greeneville resident on the show, became an instant sensation on the TV talent search show last week, after his stunning rendition of "Wind Beneath My Wings," at his Greensboro, N.C., audition.
His performance earned him a slot to move to the next round of competition.
In Thursday night's round of the competition, the contestants were paired into duets for what was termed the "Boot Camp" round.
Combs, who only appeared briefly on the round, was paired with fellow contestant Jessie Bryant.
Unfortunately, both men forgot the lyrics to their song -- and received a quick dismissal from judge Simon Cowell.
"You both forget the words. Okay, thank you very much," Cowell said.
No other mention of Combs was given during Thursday's round.
Bryant was shown immediately after their performance, visibly upset, saying, "All of my eggs was right there!"
The show is scheduled to air again at 8 p.m. next Wednesday on Fox.
During his initial audition for "The X Factor," the 40-year-old singer was wheeled onstage at the show's Greensboro, N.C., auditions by his wife, Kay.
Once on stage, he launched into an emotional and moving performance of "Wind Beneath My Wings," which received rave reviews from the four judges.
In January 2011, Combs and his wife were featured in an episode of The Learning Channel's show, entitled "Tons of Love," a program that explored the daily lives of morbidly obese couples.
The couple had lost a combined weight of 1,068 pounds. They have been married for 16 years.
During his initial "X Factor" appearance, Combs said that he nearly died in 2009 when he weighed 920 pounds -- but that he has since lost nearly 400 pounds through diet and exericse.
"When you almost die, your life changes, and you look at living in a whole different manner," Combs said.