James Michael

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James Michael

AGE: 20
LOCATION: Cheshire
OCCUPATION: Unemployed
MENTOR: Gary Barlow

James was a contestant on X Factor 2011, he was eliminated in week one.

After finishing school aged 16, James was bored at home while job hunting and picked up a guitar, taught himself a few songs and started singing along to them. He describes himself as not beingacademic and had no idea what he was going to do with his life, but realised a love for music, so went to college to study music tech.

How did James feel about getting through to the live shows? ‘I definitely thought the other seven lads maybe deserved it more than me because I think they’ve got better voices but Gary must believe in me so much and I’m one step closer to doing what I really want to do for the rest of my life, what I love and what I’m passionate about. It’s definitely the best thing that has ever happened to me.’

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James Michael’s Song Choices:
Week one: Beatles – Ticket to Ride

James was eliminated in week one when the judges had to pick three of their four acts to continue on in the competition. Gary picked Frankie, Craig and Marcus.

James Michael on Twitter: @thejmichael

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Updated on Friday 11 November 2011 by @TVNewsroom