Daniel Quick has become a local celebrity – after his X Factor journey which saw him getting through to Bootcamp and the sing-off stages of the competition.
Th eighteen-year-old – who has been a member of Knowle West Art Promotion Group since he was seven – received four yeses from the celebrity judges on Sunday (10 September) with his rendition of Elton John’s Your Song.
After Daniel’s performance, which moved his mother Tracey to tears, head judge Simon Cowell said: “I like you Daniel. I always like being surprised at auditions…”
And Louis Walsh remarked: “…You gave it everything.”
The judges were also amused by the amount of animals Daniel had at home – including Shelley the tortoise – which Simon likened him to for “coming out of his shell”.
Daniel – who performed at Knowle West Fest on Saturday and at the Hearts and Stars award ceremony in June – said of the X Factor he had never done anything “this big”.
He told The Knowledge: “It was nerve racking… I never thought I was going to get through, I didn’t have much confidence going into the first audition.
“I’d had people tell me to do it – I like singing and making music anyway. It was for myself but for my community as well…”
Daniel’s celebrity status took new heights when he appeared on ITV’s Lorraine on Monday to talk about his experience and told her: ” I didn’t think the X Factor judges would be so nice…”
Working in Iceland in Broadwalk as a checkout assistant – he says his new found fame is “mental” with people regularly approaching him.
“I have a lot of people stopping me as I work in Knowle and they seem to know who I am!”
Daniel puts his experience at the drama group – which meets on Tuesday evenings at Filwood Community Centre – as helping to boost his confidence.
He started coming as a child with his grandmother, Knowle West resident Edna Quick (69) who helps out there.
He says: “It’s built up my confidence in performing …six years ago when I sung a couple of songs in the Christmas show, that’s when I thought I’d do it properly.
“I still help out there backstage and with the tap dancing and I’ll be performing in the Christmas show. After the first audition they made a cake and a banner for me…”
And for the future – he’s determined to continue his singing career and already has some bookings/
Gloria Tucker who runs the drama group says: “He’s been coming since he was seven, he was so shy when he first came. I used to put him in productions not realising he wanted to be a singer.
He didn’t start singing until he was 10 and he loves it… People always said he should go on the X Factor…”
To see some of Daniel’s music videos visit Facebook @danielquickmusic