Barclay woke to find he had 14,000 Twitter followers
A YODELLING singer from Bow has shot to stardom after appearing on ITV's the X Factor.
Barclay Beales, 17, has a unique singing style and astounded the panel of judges at Wembley Arena who put him through to the boot camp stages.
"It was absolutely amazing. To be on that stage was just an unreal feeling," he told the Gazette.
"I have performed in front of crowds of about 100 people at local festivals and gigs but performing in front of 4,000 people was just incredible. Surprisingly when you're up there it doesn't look like there's as many as it sounds though."
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Barclay became an overnight sensation when he appeared on both the Saturday and Sunday programmes with his Twitter followers shooting up from 3,000 to 14,000 over the course of the two days.
"It's so weird. I already had quite a few followers from gigging locally. When I woke up on the Monday morning I had over 14,000 – I had to switch the notifications off on my phone," he said.
But Barclay, who has lived in the same house in all his life, says his singing is not to everyone's tastes.
"It really annoys my friends. They hear it all the time whereas other people never really hear it so they think it's interesting and different but for my friends that's all they ever hear."
He claims his inspiration came from a contestant on another talent show from 2006.
"When I was younger I watched America's Got Talent and I heard Taylor Ware yodelling on there and thought that was something that I'd like to do," he said.
Barclay attended Queen Elizabeth's Academy in Crediton and then the Academy of Music and Sound where he practiced vocals as part of his Btec Level 3 in Music. But his yodelling was self taught.
"I began watching videos of yodelling online. I never really did it in public because I thought 'no one wants to listen to that'.
"One day at college we were messing about and I just randomly started yodelling and everyone was like 'wow, how did you do that?'"
His first ever yodelling gig was earlier this year at the Heart of Devon festival in Bow.
"After the performance a man in his 80s came up to me and said that it was the best yodelling he'd heard in 50 years!" Barclay said.
The teenager has only been properly gigging for the last year, playing at venues around Crediton and Exeter. Barclays says his favourite place is still his local pub, the White Hart in Bow.
Barclay will be back on our screens at the boot camp stages in a couple of weeks. In the meantime you can support the local lad by following @barclaybeales on Twitter.