X Factor star calls on Tullibody roots
Published 4 Oct 2012 09:00 1 Comment
SCOTT Ritchie from band Times Red is hoping to get the Clacks vote as his band battle to get through to the live shows of the X Factor after being granted a 'wildcard' lifeline.
Sunday night's show saw band hopefuls Times Red, made up of Scott Ritchie, Staz Nair and Luke White given bad news by mentor Louis Walsh who decided against putting them through to the live shows in favour of other boy band MK1.
However in a twist at the end of the episode, it was revealed that each judge could put forward one act to be considered for a 'wildcard' and be voted back in by the public.
And Scott who's mother lives in Tullibody, holds Clackmannanshire close to his heart.
Speaking to the Advertiser, he said, "I've been down south for four or five years now but whenever I get the chance I come up to see my mum and also my gran who lives in St Ninians. They've been phenomenal with the support they've given me and so many people I know from up here are getting behind us, its overwhelming."
The band are trying to stay positive as their last chance to make X Factor stardom draws near, he said: "From the moment Louis told us he wasn't taking us through, we said this isn't the end for us. We've been together as a band for a while now and from the start of the year we've been focusing on getting us right.
"It's been so surreal the past few weeks as obviously a lot of the filming was done before and now that it's on TV and everyone is talking about it, it makes you feel a bit disconnected from the rest of the world."
Scott and the band have been loving every minute of their new found fame, including an appearance on Monday's Daybreak meeting Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. Scott said, "Phill is just a legend, it was a brilliant experience and the both of them were having great banter with us on and off camera."
And staying true to his roots, the Scotsman made sure he had the right attire for the occasion, "I wore my Scotland pants to the interview, and when we were leaving the studio I got papped with my Scotland flag on my back.
"Me and the lads are dying to come back up and I've even said I'd be willing to drive up through the night so we can spend a bit of time here
"It's going to be a really busy week for us, we are rehearsing everyday as no matter what happens there is a live show on Saturday, and whether we end up being on it or not we have to be ready."
On the show, the group mentor Louis Walsh said his only worry over Times Red is that they may struggle being an 'older band' However Scott thinks this couldn't be further from the truth, he said, "Without trying to be cheeky, I think that was just an excuse, I don't think you can compare us to your typical boyband because that's not what we are about. We write our own music and play our own instruments, our sound I would say is like Bruno Mars meets the Script.
"I think maybe he said that so it might make some people take us a bit more seriously and realise that there's a lot more to us."
To vote for Times Red to get through to the live shows, from a landline call: 09020 50 51 20 and from a mobile call: 650 51 20
Voting closes at midday on Saturday 6 October.
This article appeared in Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser 03 Oct 12
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