From school play to X Factor stage

SENSATION: Buxton's Curtis Golden at his X Factor audition. Photo: Ken McKay/Thames TV.
SENSATION: Buxton's Curtis Golden at his X Factor audition. Photo: Ken McKay/Thames TV.
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FROM school musical to the UK’s biggest TV talent search - Buxton teenager Curtis Golden has come a long way.

The 18-year-old, from Fairfield, hadn’t done much singing until appearing in a production of Hairspray at Buxton Community School.

TALENT SEARCH: The X Factor returned to our screens on Saturday night. Photo : Thames TV.

TALENT SEARCH: The X Factor returned to our screens on Saturday night. Photo : Thames TV.

But it’s a role that has paved the way for him to follow his musical dreams - after Curtis’ X Factor audition, which was watched by millions of people when it was shown on Saturday night, went down a storm.

His rendition of Christina Aguilera’s Candy Man sent the audience wild and he sailed through to the next round of the competition - bootcamp - which will be shown later in the year.

Curtis became an overnight sensation, with his audition receiving over 800,000 views on YouTube. And he has even had celebrities talking about him.

Speaking to the Advertiser as he comes to grips with his new-found fame, Curtis said: “I’ve had a lot of tweets (since the show aired). Louis from One Direction even tweeted about me. That was really cool.

“The audition went really well, I was quite happy with it and the audience were really good. ”

In fact, the audience took such a liking to Curtis, that they were on their feet - a response Curtis had never imagined. “That was the best bit,” he said.

Curtis was supported at the auditions by his dad Tom, sister Simone, and his friends. And it was a family affair when it came to watching the show air on TV on Saturday night too.

“Everyone was screaming at the TV when I came on,” he said.

If his X Factor appearance wasn’t enough, Curtis also discovered last week that he had received the A-level grades he needed to secure his university place.

You can follow Curtis’ progress in the competition by tuning into the X Factor on ITV1 on Saturday nights.