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End of the X Factor road for Gathan Cheema
2:40pm Monday 24th September 2012 in News
WORCESTER singer Gathan Cheema has spoken of his massive disappointment after his dreams came to an end on X Factor .
The 22-year-old, of Tolladine Road, battled it out at the notoriously tough boot camp after making it through to the audition stage.
He was whittled down from 300 hopefuls during the four-day boot camp in Liverpool for a coveted place at the judges’ houses in the next stage of the competition, as seen at the weekend.
His performance of Respect by Aretha Franklin with two other contestants earned him a place in the final stages of boot camp but his rendition of Maroon 5’s Payphone, did not cut it with the judges.
Gathan, who moved to Worcester from Birmingham in 2008 and is now a Michael Jackson tribute singer, said he could not believe how close he came to going through to the next stage after making it to the last 23 boys.
“I was massively disappointed, “ he said. “But the standards of singing this year were unbelievably good.
“Everyone was so different as well. The guys were massively strong and they were all so different. It was one of the hardest years.
“I can’t wait to see what happens in the show now. Chris Maloney I think is going to do really well.”
Next week viewers will see how the remaining hopefuls get on at the judges’ houses with four from each category going through to the live shows.