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End of the X Factor road for Chard singer
A CHARD man’s experience of a lifetime on TV talent show the X Factor came to an end at the weekend after his band was voted off.
Matt Cahill, 25, was one of five members of Kingsland Road, who exited the show after failing to win enough support from the public and judges.
The former Holyrood Academy student performed a lively version of James Morrison’s hit I Won’t Let You Go with the group on Saturday night’s show.
Kingsland Road were singing for their survival against fellow contestant Tamera Foster and looked visibly emotional towards the end of the song.
Tweeting following the decision, Matt wrote: “One Direction didn’t win the X Factor and look at them now! Look up to them so much! Now we work even harder! Won’t let you down.”
Despite leaving the competition, the band received support from their mentor, Take That star Gary Barlow.
He told the show’s host, Dermot O’Leary: “These guys were together for two years before they joined us. They should stick with what they're doing. They are a hit band and they will be a hit band in the future – I'm certain of it.”
Matt’s X Factor journey started months ago as Kingsland Road stormed through the auditions and judges’ houses stage.
And the oldest member of the band has now performed to millions of viewers. Judge Louis Walsh described Kingsland Road as ‘incredible’, despite sending the band home.
As they left the competition, Matt, Josh, Connor, Thompson and Jay said: “We loved it. Thank you Gary for everything.”
They later Tweeted: “That's it. What an incredible experience. Thank you to all our fans, people who supported us, all the incredible workers in front and behind the scenes and most of all @GaryBarlow!
“We are forever in debt to all of you who backed us. Love you all so much. Is this the end?”
The group had struggled to win over the public in previous rounds and sang for their survival two weeks ago against Shelley Smith.
The winner of the show will scoop a multi-million pound record contract and be in with the chance of securing a Christmas number one hit.
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