Sam Black thought his X Factor journey was over – but after original Louie pick Anthony Russell was forced to pull out of the competition, plasterer Sam was back in with a shot. Check out how he made it to X Factor Judges Houses below.
Viewers later claimed the whole sequence was a fix, but ITV denied it, telling RadioTimes.com, “All friends and family that are sat in the audience are, as a rule, mic’d up so audiences at home can enjoy their reactions to the auditions.
“Sam Black’s fiancé Emma Smith was completely unaware that he was planning to propose at Boot Camp.”
So, a yes from his girlfriend but a no from the judges. X Factor journey over, right?
“Obviously, I feel terrible for Anthony because he is not only an amazing singer but also a lovely guy,” Sam told RadioTimes.com. “He has even messaged me good luck. I really appreciate the second chance I’ve been given and I feel so lucky to get this opportunity. My family and I are over the moon.”
“Anthony has been fantastic across the series, a great singer and performer who we are really sad to see go” Louis told RadioTimes.com. “I had to think for a long time who could take the place. Sam had a great reaction from the British public when his audition aired, so I re-watched it and realised we missed a trick not putting him through at Boot Camp. He has that retro 60s style viewers will love. He’s really likeable and talented and I can’t wait to hear more.”
Can Sam Black repay Louis’ faith and get another yes?