Star visits Exeter to film mystery X-Factor contestant
TEIGNMOUTH teenager Luke Friend made a lasting impression on the judges of X Factor last week when viewers saw him go through to the next round. But the 17-year-old singer is not the only hopeful flying the flag for Devon.
Xtra Factor new host Matt Richardson has revealed in an interview with the Echo that he visited Exeter last week to record some footage with a female singer from the city.
Until the day before each contestants auditions are aired on television, the show is refusing to give anyone’s identity away.
However, comedian Matt, who is coming to Exeter Corn Exchange in December with his first stand-up show, said: “I was in Exeter on Wednesday (August 28) filming with a contestant who is female and from Exminster. We did some filming in John Gandy’s.”
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The live shows will be aired in Octobers. Viewers are still waiting to hear the fate of Luke who appeared on the launch night of the new series of ITV’s X Factor last Saturday.
The episode saw Luke win himself a place at the big arena auditions in London.
He said on the show: “I want to get out of Devon because I’ve been gigging around Devon for a long time.”
Judge Nicole Scherzinger was amused by Luke’s “sweet” last name and also wanted to know more about his hair. However, she got more information than she bargained for and when she asked the teenager how he achieved such an impressive look, he said: “I haven’t washed it in about nine months.”
Luke performed Ben E King‘s Stand By Me with fellow judge Sharon Osbourne gushing: “Luke I am crazy about you! You are quite fabulous.”
Viewers will next get to see the Coombeshead Academy student sing in front of the judges once more, as well as a live audience of 4,000 people.
After last Saturday’s show was aired, Luke took to Twitter to thank fans for their support, saying: “Means so much you lovely people”. There has even been a fanpage of his hair created on Twitter.
Luke is no stranger to talent show success. Earlier this year he won a national singing contest Teen Star.