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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Carlisle X Factor star's Twitter shock

Carlisle singer Mikey Bromley has revealed how his band saw their Twitter followers rocket after wowing judges on The X Factor.

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Reaching for the stars: Mikey Bromley

The 19-year-old, one of four-piece Only The Young, said 10,000 people started following them after their audition on Sunday night.

Mikey and his band-mates are on a high after their performance was aired to millions on the ITV show on Saturday night.

He told the News & Star: “It’s pretty mad. We’ve had loads of comments – everything has been really positive. As soon as the audition was aired, Twitter just took off.

“It was nice to watch and hear it all back. Cheryl said I seemed nervous, and I was. I was so nervous! You just really want everything to go well.

“I was watching This Morning afterwards and Rylan mentioned us. That was cool.”

Only The Young sailed into the next round with a unanimous “yes” vote after their version of Elton John’s Something About the Way You Look Tonight impressed the new X Factor panel – Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh.

Cheryl described the group as “refreshing” while Mel B said they were “really talented”. Even hard-to-impress Cowell was clearly taken aback, turning to the rest of the judges after they’d left and admitting “they’re great”.

The next step is to conquer live auditions, which have already been filmed, but Mikey is remaining about tight-lipped about what’s in store.

He teased: “I’d just say keep your eyes peeled for us on the show in the coming weeks. It’s a good one!

“We’ve been through all kinds of emotions – excitement, nerves, everything, but I’ve loved every minute.”

Mikey’s newfound fame follows the success of fellow city singer Matthew Pagan, 21, whose opera boyband Collabro were crowned winners of Britain’s Got Talent. And it turns out the pair – both former students of Carlisle’s StagedRight theatre school – are good friends.

“I was round at his the other day,” said Mikey, of Morton.

“We were even in a band together at one point! It’s just great to think my mate is doing so well and now we’re getting all this exposure on X Factor. He told me to get ready for it. It’s so much fun.”

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