Busk­ing gave me back­bone

The People - - NEWS FEATURES & - By Amy Sharpe

X FAC­TOR hope­ful Gre­gor Cole­man has told how, as a busker try­ing to make the big time, he has faced some hairy mo­ments. He says as well as be­ing robbed and heck­led, he’s come close to a num­ber of punch-ups. Gre­gor, 24, got off to a shaky start on the show last night af­ter Si­mon Cow­ell told him to re­turn with a sec­ond song – but then sailed through to the next round. He re­vealed how he has spent the past two years busk­ing in his home­town of Glas­gow and across the coun­try in a bid to crack the in­dus­try. “Busk­ing can be quite scary,” he said. “I’ve been robbed. In Manch­ester, some­one had just put a five pound note in, then some­one came up and took it out. “There was a guy watch­ing me singing so I shouted that some­one had stolen money off me. The guy that was watch­ing went and got my money back.” He added: “And then you get guys try­ing to start fights. “It’s just part of busk­ing, the odd day when you’re gonna get heck­led, or they don’t like you and they’re drunk and they want dif­fer­ent songs.” But he says his ex­pe­ri­ences have given him a “back­bone”. Now the tat­too fan is con­sid­er­ing get­ting some X Fac­tor ink­ings to mark his time on the show. “I don’t know if I’d get a Si­mon tat­too – if he be­comes a bit of a friend then I might,” he said. “I’d let him pay for it though. “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 my face. I don’t mind.” Gre­gor – who used to be a back­ing singer in a band called Su­per­nova which pre­vi­ously fea­tured in line- ups with Peter An­dre and pre­vi­ous X Fac­tor con­tes­tant Ry­lan – added: “I don’t know if I’ll get Ni­cole’s face... she might find that a bit creepy.”

SEC­OND CHANCE: Gre­gor on the show last night CRITIC: Si­mon

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