Nicholas McDonald Gets Standing Ovation On X Factor For Christina Perry Cover

At just 16 years of age, Nicholas McDonald from Bellshill, Scotland, was about to set himself up for a successful career as an independent musician; he just didn’t know it! As he entered the stage for The X Factor 2013, his nerves were apparent, but that didn’t stop him from giving his audition everything he had. He also wasn’t alone; with his whole family watching from the sidelines and crying from pride as he sang from the heart, this made for a very emotional audition.

This was not Nicholas’ first time performing in front of the judges, however. He had previously auditioned in the same series, where he performed Secret Garden’s immovable classic, “You Raise Me Up”. However, it was decided that he needed more time to rehearse and prepare for a competition like The X Factor. Armed with more time and a dedication to impress, this time around Nicholas chose a Christina Perri classic that would prove his worth, and show the world that he has talent. Watch here:

As soon as Nicholas began to sing, the judges could see that he had taken their advice on board and fully prepared himself for his audition. His voice sounded like that of an older soul than 16 years old, and with the crowd cheering him on through the high notes, it was clear that he had a lot of support behind him! With an overwhelming response from the judges, including Gary Barlow who said that he “knocked it out of the park”, Nicholas was through to the next round and a step closer to stardom.

Not only did Nicholas McDonald impress in his second audition, but he continued to wow both the judges and the nation throughout the competition. After a gruelling series of live shows and elimination rounds, Nicholas made it to second place before narrowly missing out on the grand prize to Sam Bailey. That didn’t stop him from signing to RCA Records shortly after The X Factor and releasing his debut album, In the Arms of an Angel, in 2024. Listen to “Answerphone” in the video below:

Nicholas has received nothing but praise for his time on The X Factor, including from the British music icon, Elton John. He also tours regularly, where he performs some of his original material alongside classic ballads and modern music, which guarantees something enjoyable for everyone.

For more from the incredibly talented Nicholas McDonald, follow his journey and unique performances on his official Facebook page. Don’t miss out on this rising star’s journey to bigger platforms!

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