Tuesday 18 December 2018

Singer Sam Black gets second shot at X Factor success

Sam Black said he was thrilled to get a second chance.

Sam Black
Sam Black

By Julia Hunt, Press Association

Wannabe pop star Sam Black has been given another shot at X Factor success after being brought back to the competition following the departure of Anthony Russell.

Russell, 27, withdrew from the ITV show for “personal reasons”, leaving a space open for a singer in the Boys category.

Black will rejoin the competition at the upcoming Judges’ Houses stage.

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Judge Louis Walsh, who is mentoring the Boys this year, said: “Anthony has been fantastic across the series, a great singer and performer who we are really sad to see go.

“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.”

Black said: “Obviously, I feel terrible for Anthony because he is not only an amazing singer but also a lovely guy. 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.”

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Louis Walsh (Matt Crossick/PA)

Russell, from Liverpool, had impressed the judges with his soulful performances but last month it was revealed he had dropped out of the competition.

An X Factor spokesman said at the time: “Earlier this month, due to personal reasons, Anthony withdrew from the show. We are sad to see him go and wish his all the best for the future.”

A source said: “The public support really did help him to believe in himself. So everyone hopes he will come back next year healthier.”

Viewers will see Black re-join the show and fight for a place at the live shows at Judges’ Houses on October 21 and 22.

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