updated 09/28/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/28/2012 AT 6:45 AM ET
On Thursday’s episode of The X Factor, one contestant certainly made a big impression.
“Today through exercise and proper diet, I have lost almost 400 lbs.,” Combs, now 540 lbs. and using a oversized wheelchair, said before taking the stage with the help of a handful of stagehands and his wife and caretaker, Kay. “When you almost die, your life changes and you look at living in a whole different manner.”
“I hope the judges will look past my exterior and give a fat boy a chance,” he added, before singing “Wind Beneath My Wings.”