JUST hours away now from the second live studio show of The X Factor 2008.
For some reason, yesterday’s MEN story on Scott Bruton did not go online.
That means I can’t post a link as promised in yesterday’s blog.
But here’s what it said:
X Factor finalist Scott Bruton has revealed how the support of fans in Manchester rescued him from tearful despair.
“I feel like I’m the luckiest man in Britain,” said Clayton-raised Scott, who broke down in tears on last Saturday’s first live studio show.
Now he aims to serve up a winning performance – and hopes Bolton comedy star Peter Kay will pay a visit to The X Factor.
The ex-Pontin’s Bluecoat was upset when it became clear the judges thought his mentor Simon Cowell had given him the wrong song to sing.
Now based in Droylsden, Scott, 19, said: “I don’t think I stopped crying all night. It was the first show and emotions were running high. I let everything get to me.”
But viewers in Manchester and across the country heeded Simon’s call to back Scott in the public phone vote and he won through.
“I’m extremely grateful to everybody who got behind me and voted for me. I just couldn’t believe it. I’ve also had emails telling me not to get down.”
Simon admitted on screen in front of 10.4m viewers that he’d got it wrong with his choice of Georgie Fame’s Yeh Yeh.
He later gave Scott an off air personal apology.
“He said, ‘I promise I’ll get you a good song this week.’
And I’ve had conversations with him on the phone with him since, seeing if I’m alright.”
The teenager has still not seen last week’s programme.
“There’s no point in watching it and picking out everything I did wrong. I’ll just criticise myself and feel more down about it.”
This week’s theme is Michael Jackson and Scott is very happy with his yet to be revealed song choice.
“I’m very confident. I feel really good about the song that Simon has given me. It suits my voice perfectly.”
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