Has Dove’s David got the X factor?

David Phillips, X factor entrant from Dove Holes
David Phillips, X factor entrant from Dove Holes

HAS David Phillips got the X Factor?

The Dove Holes singer is a step closer to living his dream of winning the hit TV talent show after a successful audition last week.

The 62-year-old was among thousands of would-be stars at Liverpool’s Echo Arena hoping to follow in the footsteps of previous winners such as Matt Cardle and Leona Lewis.

And after performing his take on the Enrique Iglesias hit Hero, and Bringing on Back the Good Times by The Love Affair, David has received a call-back at the Old Trafford Centre in Manchester on March 27 - less than 24 hours after he is due to sing at his local Dove’s Got Talent contest.

“I tried out for the X Factor in 2009 and just fell short of performing in front of the judges. This year I am hoping to get one stage further,” he explained.

David, who started singing three years ago and makes regular karaoke appearances at The Railway Hotel in Buxton, was interviewed by X Factor presenter Dermot O’Leary prior to his audition in Liverpool.

But what does he think the judges will make of his self-proclaimed ‘laid-back’ singing style if he gets the chance to perform in front of them?

“I think they will think this is a young chap who is wanting to go places, and he’s got a good voice,” added David.

“Last year, when Matt Cardle won it, I kept wishing that could be me. I think I have got a good chance this year.”

The eighth series of the X Factor returns to TV screens later in the year.