HIS X Factor dream may be over for 2012 but Buxton teenager Curtis Golden has vowed to return even stronger next year.
The 19-year-old, from Fairfield, had sailed through his first audition and onto the boot camp stage of the competition. And viewers who tuned into the X Factor over the weekend saw Curtis impressing the judges with his rendition of The Fray’s How to Save a Life to make it through to the second stage of boot camp before narrowly missing out on a spot at the next part of the competition - judges’ houses.
But despite the disappointment of not making it further in the show, Curtis remains upbeat.
“Before the show started on TV I’d already been kicked out so I’ve just been enjoying the experience,” he told the Advertiser.
“Everyone’s been great and the support has been fantastic. Before this I had 100 followers on Twitter and now I’ve got nearly 7,000. It was my birthday last week and people made me happy birthday videos and posted happy birthday pictures. I’d like to thank everyone for their support.”
The boot camp contestants faced a tough 72 hours where they were set challenges by the judges and then whittled down to just 24 acts. So how was the experience for Curtis? “Really stressful and tiring,” he said. “I didn’t really get much sleep and you were just sat for hours not doing anything, waiting to go on. It was all quite weird really. When the final performance was over, everyone just breathed a massive sigh of relief.”
For now, Curtis is concentrating on his art course at university but his dreams of making it big in the music world are far from over.
“I’ll be going back next year so I’ll just keep on practising. On my first audition I’d only been playing guitar for nine months and next time I’ll have been playing for double that time so in theory I should be twice as good,” he added.