Keep­ing boot camp se­cret was so hard

TV big­wigs told teen singer not to spill the beans

Wishaw Press - - FRONT PAGE - Lynn McKenna

A former Wishaw school pupil hid his X Fac­tor suc­cess from friends af­ter be­ing sworn to se­crecy by tal­ent show bosses.

James Hughes, 17, sailed through to the next round of the X Fac­tor on Sun­day night af­ter wow­ing the judges with his im­pres­sive voice when he sang Etta James’ ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’.

James, of Shotts, said: “Keep­ing the X Fac­tor a se­cret was so hard.

“I was so over­whelmed with get­ting through that I just wanted to tell every­one but I couldn’t.

“Go­ing in to face the judges was weird, a young Scot­tish guy go­ing in to meet Si­mon Cowell, Ni­cole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh. That does not hap­pen ev­ery day. I was just so scared to be told that I wasn’t good enough and when I went in to the au­di­tion room I gave it ev­ery­thing I could and got amaz­ing feed­back which was so emotional for me.”

James is the sec­ond stu­dent from St Ai­dan’s High to im­press the X Fac­tor judges.

Ni­cholas McDonald was crowned run­ner up of the tal­ent show in 2014 af­ter be­ing men­tored by Louis Walsh.

He said: “Ni­cholas has done so well for him­self and I’m so proud of how much he has achieved.

“But I’m not one to fol­low in some­one’s foot­steps, I’m just me.

“We are two to­tally dif­fer­ent artists and have dif­fer­ent singing styles. I’m just go­ing to be me and hope­fully be suc­cess­ful on the show and in the mu­sic industry.”

James, who stud­ies at New Col­lege La­nark­shire, Motherwell, re­ceived three yes’ from judges Si­mon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Ni­cole Scherzinger.

Af­ter James’ per­for­mance Si­mon said: “Was that re­ally you singing?

“You walk in and you can hardly talk and then this thing comes out of you.”

Ni­cole added: “It’s like a soul woman lives in­side of you.”

James’ fam­ily were with him on the day to sup­port him and he told judges his par­ents were his big­gest fans.

He said: “I was only try­ing out for ex­pe­ri­ence and now I’m go­ing to boot camp and I have a chance of go­ing fur­ther.

“My fam­ily sup­ported me be­yond imag­i­na­tion on the au­di­tion day and I couldn’t have done it with­out them.

“Singing is all I’ll ever want to do, it’s my dream and I now I

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