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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Carlisle singer follows Collabro's lead after wowing X Factor judges

Another Carlisle singer is set for stardom after wowing Simon Cowell.

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Mikey Bromley is a quarter of Only The Young – one of the hit acts from the X Factor this weekend.

The city singer, 19, and his bandmates are already being tipped as one of the big names to come out of the new series.

His success comes hot on the heels of that of Carlisle performer Matthew Pagan, 21, and his theatre opera boyband Collabro winning Britain’s Got Talent.

Millions of viewers watched last night as the pop group impressed the X Factor judging panel – Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh.

They sailed into the next round after hearing their version of Elton John’s Something About the Way You Look Tonight.

And as soon as they finished, Cheryl declared: “That’s how you do an audition.

“It’s refreshing to have somebody come in and do something original.”

Turning to Mikey, she tried to boost his confidence as she said: “You were a little nervous, but I don’t know why because you have these guys to back you up. You have support here.”

Former Spice Girl Mel said: “Really, really talented. You’ve all got talent. Good job.” And show supremo Cowell weighed in, saying: “I love you guys. I like the way you chose an old song and made it current – put a twist on it. Some of the vocals were a bit off, but you can all sing. I would like to work with you.”

Starting off the unanimous voting to put them through to the next round of auditions – where they’ll perform in front of a live arena audience – Walsh said: “Absolutely yes.”

Watch Only The Young's audition. Article continues below...


As they left the audition room, Cowell told the other judges: “They’re great.

“I’d like to find another Steps – but with better people in it.”

Their verdicts were boosted by reaction to the audition on Twitter.

Bromley, of Morton, and his bandmates, who all live together, have been paving their path to stardom for almost two years.

Mikey was spotted performing in a homemade YouTube recording by members of Only the Young, who were searching for the missing link in a two-girl, two-boy line-up.

They write their own songs and have recorded 12 of them, with a view to approaching a record label with a finished album. They’ve been building a following by doing a schools tour and even performed in front of 80,000 people in a concert at Wembley in June on a bill that featured Miley Cyrus, Pharrell Williams and Ellie Goulding.

Like Pagan, Bromley is a former pupil of Carlisle’s StagedRight theatre school.

Its principal, David McNeill, was delighted by the response he got on last night’s show.

He said today: “I’m as pleased as punch for him.

“Mikey’s spent the last two years working enormously hard to fulfil his dream, doing lots of gigs and concerts.

“He’s destined for great things and so deserves it.”

Bromley’s success so far in the X Factor comes as the performing arts in Carlisle ride high on success.

Pagan and Collabro continue to ride high in the album charts with their debut release, Stars. Having debuting at number one last week, they’re now at number four.

Mr McNeill’s delighted by the success of both.

“It’s amazing, especially as we have just celebrated our tenth anniversary. Hopefully the fruits of our labour are starting show because they don’t happen overnight,” he added.

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