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Great Harwood civil servant charms X Factor judges
A FLAMBOYANT civil servant went down a storm when he appeared on X Factor on Saturday night.
Andy Gibbons, 47, of Clayton Street, Great Harwood, dressed to impress in black PVC trousers and a frilly purple shirt, and wowed the judges with his energetic performance.
The judging panel even joined in with his rendition of Billy Idol’s hit ‘Mony Mony’, and judge Nicole Sherzinger said she owned a similar pair of trousers from her time as a signer in The Pussycat Dolls.
But whilst the judges loved his colourful performance they decided that he was not right for the show, and it was sadly four ‘nos’ for Andy, who did not make it through to the next round.
But Andy, who works in the pensions department of the DWP in Simonstone, hasn’t let that hold him back.
He said: “I’d been a Jehovah’s Witness for 25 years and when I came out I thought I’d do all the things I’d wanted to do but not been able to.
“I’ve always enjoyed singing and I used to sing in congregation shows.
“Going on X Factor was marvellous. I love the presenters Matt and Caroline. Matt is naturally funny.
“I had to go through three auditions before I even got to see the judges.
“I would have liked to have gone further, you don’t enter something without thinking you’ll go further.
“I’m thinking about going for Britain’s Got Talent next. I do want to continue singing.
“Sharon Osbourne (one of the judges) said ‘this will open doors for you.’ I might join an amateur dramatic group or something like that.
“I love performing. When people enjoy your performance it’s really rewarding.”
Andy also offered one of the judges a little something extra - he took a Mars Bar with him to his audition to give to Gary Barlow.
And the former Take That star was happy to accept his gift.
Andy said: “Gary is my favourite judge. I gave him a Mars Bar!
“When I saw Gary Barlow in concert he used to eat a bar of chocolate on stage.”