The X Factor hopeful Nicholas McDonald talks to TV Times magazine about his chances of winning and why he’s proving to be more than a ballad singer…
How do you think the competition is going so far?
“I just take every week as it comes. People expect me to be nervous all the time because of my age, but I’m not. Most of the time I am calm and focused.”
Do you think about what it would be like to win the X Factor?
“I don’t think about winning at all. You have to stay focused on each week and concentrate on your song and performance instead of worrying about the weeks ahead. I never thought I would get this far. I just hope I can make the most of the chance I have been given.”
Your family live in Motherwell, Scotland. Are they managing to come to London to see you perform each week?
“They are the proudest parents in the world and I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them. They have sacrificed so much to support me.”
Had you always wanted to audition for the show?
“Yes, and now I am here doing it. I would never have thought a year ago I would be here. I am just so grateful.”
What’s it like living in The X Factor house?
“The atmosphere in the house really isn’t tense at all. Sometimes people are worried about what song to sing, but that is all part of the competition. It is hard on a Sunday when one act goes home because it feels like something is missing; there is always a big hole in the house.”
What has Louis been like as a mentor?
“I love having Louis as my mentor, he is hands on all the time and only ever a phone call away if I need him.”
And what about your fans?
“It’s always nice to see them and I speak to as many as I can. They are always waiting outside the studio to talk to you – which is really nice – although it is a little big strange. I never thought when I was sat at home in Motherwell watching the show that one day people would be shouting my name.”
Have any famous faces given you good advice so far?
“JLS told me to enjoy the experience and listen to the people on the show.”
We’ve seen you perform a lot of ballads, but are you keen to showcase your versatility too?
“I want to show that I am not just a one-trick pony, that I can do more up tempo songs too.”