X Fac­tor lad: I was robbed – be­fore I got on the show

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY AMY SHARPE

Wannabe Gre­gor X FAC­TOR hope­ful Gre­gor Cole­man has told how he was robbed, threat­ened and heck­led as he plied his trade as a busker.

The tat­tooed wannabe, who was last night voted through to round two, faced rowdy crowds in his na­tive Glasgow and other cities across the UK.

He said: “Busk­ing can be quite scary. I work at night a lot and you get heck­lers, drunks com­ing up want­ing to sing and then you get guys try­ing to start fights.

“And I’ve been robbed – in Manchester. I shouted in the mic that some­one had stolen money and this guy that was watch­ing went and got it back.”

Gre­gor, 24, says the ex­pe­ri­ences gave him a “back­bone” in his bid to hit the big time. But he ad­mits fac­ing the X Fac­tor judges was “more ter­ri­fy­ing”.

He got off to a shaky start but sailed through after Si­mon Cow­ell told him to have an­other go with a se­cond song.

And Gre­gor, who has a huge but­ter­fly tat­too on his neck, joked: “If Si­mon said ‘if you get me tat­tooed on you, you will win The X Fac­tor’ then I’d hap­pily get his face tat­tooed on mine!”

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