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Chard X Factor star thanks town for support
AFTER having to sing for their survival on X Factor last week, Kingsland Road were pleased to avoid the same fate in the latest live shows at the weekend.
Matt Cahill, 25, of Chard, is one-fifth of the group vying to win over the public and the judges in this year’s popular programme.
Their rendition of Roy Orbison’s Pretty Woman on Saturday night earned them positive comments from the judges and enough votes to stay out of the bottom two and progress to the next round.
Their mentor, Gary Barlow, said: “It was a big shock to us all last week to see you in the bottom two – we don’t like that at all.
“There have been a lot of ballads tonight, so we needed you on the show.”
But Louis Walsh was less sure, saying: “I’m not too sure about the song choice. Sometimes I thought I was at a musical in the West End, but I believe in the group and I think there’s a lot more to give.”
After learning that the band would not have to perform in the dreaded sing-off again, Matt tweeted from their Twitter account: “We did it! Can’t thank you enough. Best support EVER. Love you.”
On Monday he told the News: “This week felt a lot better – we were just really concentrating on things and working hard to make sure we weren’t in the bottom two again.
“We were so deflated after having to perform in the sing-off last week and the next few days were tough, but you have to pick yourselves up and carry on – that’s what this is all about.
“We were really happy with how it went this weekend. “We’re back in rehearsals now, learning our song, which has quite a lot of choreography as well.
“The rest of the boys can dance, but I’m like the Gary Barlow of the group!”
Matt’s mum, Julie Monkhouse, who works at Holyrood Academy, has been going to the live shows to support the band.
Matt said: “My mum’s absolutely loving it and it’s great that I get to spend a couple of hours with my family at the end of the show.
“It allows me to get back to normality a bit – you get stuck in a bit of an X Factor bubble, and sometimes it’s nice to sit back and relax.
“Seeing them gives me a real boost. “I’ve also had some really good support back in Chard – it’s really nice to know people in my home town are behind me.”
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