Jamie Archer’s “X Factor UK” audition is a memorable one, and his time on the show isn’t easily forgotten, either. When he walked on stage, he looked like a lot of other people who had auditioned for the show. He definitely had a cool look, but it wasn’t necessarily unique.
The judges seemed to have their doubts about him from the beginning.
He claimed to be a musician, and he was one of the older contestants. They wondered why he hadn’t made it in the music industry yet. They assumed he just wasn’t very good. They were about to be surprised.
Archer chose to see the song “Sex on Fire” by Kings of Leon. He not only nailed the vocals but also rocked the stage. His performance was amazing, and he had the entire crowd singing along. The judges were blown away. For a moment, even Simon Cowell was even singing with him.
It was pretty impressive and enough to get him on the show.
He was mentored by Simon and made it all the way to week 7, where he lost to sing-off to Lloyd Daniels. It seemed like he enjoyed his time on the show, but he later explained how it wasn’t as fun as it looked.
”It was really demoralizing for me because it made me feel like ‘Is it me? Am I being difficult? No one knows what to do with me – maybe there just aren’t any songs?’ but I just got on with it really.”
He went on to explain how he had a hard time fitting in with the other contestants and even finding music that was right for him.
His unique voice and desire to perform on stage meant that not all songs were right for him. He felt like maybe this was a sign that he wasn’t right for the show. He explained:
”I didn’t say I was leaving, I just said ‘Maybe it’s the wrong show for me’. It was after we did ‘Unchained Melody’ and we tried it, and I had to change my song last minute. I said at this point, ‘Maybe this show isn’t really the right show for me because we keep having to change my song, which means we quite clearly don’t know what to do with me.’”
He also talked about how he wasn’t surprised when he didn’t make it all the way to the end of the show.
Archer knew that he wasn’t destined to win. He had been a big fan of the show before he was on it, and he was good at knowing who would make it and who wouldn’t. He used that same insight to figure out that it was his time to go.
“I didn’t think there was anywhere else to go with me. I just had a feeling in my heart that it would end, and it wouldn’t go any further. I’ve been pretty spot on with my predictions about the show and everything, and this week I just looked at it logically. I just felt that, unfortunately, we didn’t get me right in the show, in terms of how to present me to the public, the song choices and whatnot. We tried a few great ideas and everything but, ultimately, I felt like, in X Factor-land, my journey had come to an end anyway.”
That doesn’t mean Archer regrets his time on the show.
He had a blast with his audition, and he was finally able to rock a big stage and entertain a large crowd. It also helped boost his career and push him in the right direction. He said:
”I really did feel like I got what I needed to get out of the competition, which was exposure and the chance to do my own thing. I truly believe that’s what my destiny was in the show – it was there to help me get a footing in the next part of my career.”
He is thrilled that his fans have stuck with him, even though he didn’t win the contest.
His career has really taken off since the show, and he knows that it’s just the start of something big for him. He hopes he can continue to perform and make music and will one day be the star he has always dreamed of being. He added:
”I’ve got a great following, so I just want to go out and make my album, do loads and loads of gigs and, ultimately, I would like to – eventually in a couple of years – be massive and play stadiums, and have people tell me that they love my album and that they sing along. The end of the ‘X Factor’ is the beginning of my career, so now people will see me play guitar when they come to my shows and they’ll see the real me. You’ll see who I really am. That’s a really exciting prospect.”
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Source: The X Factor UK