It’s all getting rather exciting for fans of Lancaster singer Paul Akister who is now just one step away from a place in the live shows of The X Factor.
The 25-year-old got through the ‘Six Seat Challenge’ on Saturday night’s tense episode in dramatic fashion.
ITV1 viewers will now be able to see if Paul gets through the Judges Houses round next weekend when he sings for mentor and Spice Girl Melanie ‘Mel B’ Brown in Mexico.
TV bosses cranked up the tension on Saturday night by having Paul sing last for a place in the next round.
He belted out ‘These Arms of Mine’ by soul legend Otis Redding in front of an enthused crowd at Wembley Arena.
Mel B then gave Paul the final seat ahead of his close friend, Gateshead electrician Geoff Mull, amidst emotional scenes.
Akister, who this week revealed how he spent £9,000 on new teeth after failing to reach the live shows in last year’s X Factor, has already filmed this weekend’s Judges Houses round after flying to a luxury holiday resort in Cancun.
Paul sang for Mel B and her fellow Spice Girl Emma Bunton in soaring temperatures at the five star Occidental Grand Xcaret in Riviera Maya.
But it’s a closely-guarded secret if Paul made it through to the final 12 of this year’s series.
If he makes the cut this year, he will perform on the first live show from the ITV studios in London, hosted by Dermot O’Leary, on Saturday, October 11.
TV viewers would then have the chance to vote for Paul week-on-week to keep him in the contest.
Bookmakers have the Lancaster man as a 6/1 shot to win the entire competition. His rivals in the boys category are Jake Quickenden, Andrea Faustini, Jordan Morris, Jack Walton and Danny Dearden.
Other main contenders for this year’s X Factor crown include Welsh ex-navy fitness instructor Jay James, an eight-piece boy band and 20-year-old fishmonger Lola Saunders.
We are backing Paul Akister all the way on his mission to win The X Factor. Follow Paul’s fortunes at www.lancasterguardian.co.uk and in the Lancaster Guardian.