IS this the next Olly Murs? Perhaps not, but Stevie Ritchie gave it his best shot.
Stevie, 33, from Colchester, impressed X Factor judges, despite forgetting most of the lyrics to Olly’s hit, Dance With Me Tonight.
Simon Cowell said: “You’re like the guy at the office who goes to the office party and then Olly Murs comes on and off you go. You have kind eyes.” Former Spice Girl Mel B said: “You are very likeable.”
Stevie, a trained actor, has had a number of stage roles and performed at last year’s Colchester Oyster Feast.
He has previously auditioned for Pop Idol and does an Elvis tribute show.
After his X factor performance, he said: “I know I mucked it up. I wish I could have sung it a bit better. I thought I might as well enjoy it because you only get one opportunity.”
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