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Giles one step closer to X Factor dream

Worcester Editorial 30th Sep, 2013 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

TEENAGE sensation Giles Potter will bid for a place on the X Factor’s live shows when he travels to St Tropez to sing for mentor Louis Walsh.

The 16-year-old won a place at the judge’s houses stage of the ITV show with an emotional performance of Jason Mraz’s hit ‘I Won’t Give Up’.

The former Pershore High School pupil from Norton near Worcester admitted before taking to the stage he would have been devastated to miss out on performing for Walsh and former All Saints singer Nicole Appleton.

Viewers can see how the teenager fares this coming weekend on ITV, if he is chosen as one of Walsh’s final three then Giles will perform live on ITV the following Saturday.

Speaking before he went on stage, the 16-year-old said he had stepped up his game since the near disastrous arena audition where he forgot the words to ‘Reet Petite’ and lost his timing.

“Now I have had my telling off my from the judges I will focus on the competition. This means so much to me,” he said.

And the talented teen backed up his words with a fine performance which saw him receive warm praise from the judges, including Gary Barlow who had earlier labelled his arena audition as a ‘car crash’.

“It’s been by far your best audition to date, you should be so very proud of yourself,” Barlow said.

Mentor Louis Walsh gave Giles a place in his final six and said: “It was the perfect song for you and it’s hard to believe you are only 16.”

The 16-year-old faced a nervous and emotional wait as three more singers tried to make it into the final selection.

And the tension was heightened when 16-year-old Nicholas McDonald wowed the judges with his version of the same song Giles had sung.

But Walsh chose to retain Giles and asked 17-year-old Alejandro Fernandez to leave the show instead.

Watch Giles bid for a place on the X Factor live shows from 8pm this Saturday (October 5) and from 7.10pm on Sunday (October 6) on ITV.

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