STARDOM could finally be beckoning for a north Northumberland teenager, after a video of him singing on holiday won him a fast-track to the X Factor.
Judges at the hit ITV talent show liked the clip so much that they invited 16-year-old Lewis Denny, from Alnwick, to bypass the crowds at this weekend’s regional try-outs at the Metro Radio Arena.
On Sunday, he will face the panel of celebrity judges – including Take That star Gary Barlow – in person, where he will have just a few minutes to impress them enough for a place on the show.
Lewis, who has performed on stage as part of Alnwick Playhouse Youth Theatre and presents his own show on local radio station Lionheart FM, said: “The video of me singing was taken in Tenerife last year, so I decided to use it to apply online to this year’s X Factor.
“I couldn’t believe it when Talkback Thames, which produces the show, emailed me back this week.
“They said they loved watching the video and were automatically putting me through to the next round where I would audition in person in front of the judges.
“I’ve heard that it’s the same panel as last year, which means I’ll be singing in front of Gary Barlow. I’ve watched every series of X Factor from the start, but I was never old enough to enter until this year.”
Duchess’s Community High School pupil Lewis, who lives at York Road with mum Jill and dad Paul, added: “Performing is something I’ve loved for as long as I can remember.
“My mum and dad love it, but she gets very nervous for me.”