Blackpool born Aiden Grimshaw entered the X Factor live shows as the joint favourite with fellow group contestant Matt Cardle to earn that sought after recording contract.
Aiden first started singing at the age of 12, and a school performance of the musical ‘Grease’ gave the 18-year-old his first taste of performing and Aiden appeared in the CBBC show, ‘Half Moon Investigations’.
Aiden currently attends the Michael Hall theatre school as he pursues a career in the entertainment industry.
His a cappella version of Kanye West’s ‘Gold Digger’ at the Manchester auditions wowed the judges, leading Simon to proclaim, “now that’s what I call a popstar”, which in turn led the bookies to make Aiden the joint 7/2 favourite to win the X Factor.
Performing in front of Dannii Minogue and Natalie Imbruglia in Australia, Aiden’s performance of Damien Rice’s ‘Cannonball’ was strong enough to see him through as one of the top three boys, but there was a question mark hanging over his ability to cope with his nerves.
Even so, he had gained a big following which has diminished slightly after his opening performances in week one and week two.
A performance of Tears for Fears’ ‘Mad World’ drew all the plaudits from the judges and suggested that Aiden was set for big things in the competition, with Simon suggesting that Aiden sounded like a modern day Michael Stipe.
But Aiden struggled through the John Lennon classic ‘Jealous Guy’ in Week Two, which has seen his odds drift out to 8/1.
However, at 20/1 to be eliminated in week three, Aiden should have another few weeks to win back the original fans in search of X Factor glory.
Aiden is 3/1 to be the top boy in the X Factor specials betting market.
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