X Factor 2013: Nicholas McDonald heads towards final 12 after stealing spot from Alejandro Fernandez Holt!

by Lisa McGarry

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Nicholas McDonald won himself high praise from the X Factor judges, when he took to the stage as the last of Louis Walsh’s boys at bootcamp.

The 16 year old student from Motherwell performed I won’t give up by Jason Mraz for the panel and before singing he admitted that nerves were getting the better of him, because all of Louis’ top six seats were already taken. He said:

Six seats taken…everyone deserves a place in the competition but there are only six seats. I want it more than I’ve wanted anything in my life. The second arena audition was amazing. The X Factor has been absolutely amazing and to go home with a no would be devastating.

I’m really nervous, the pressure now…there’s no spaces


Thankfully the judges and crowd loved his performance and Nicholas got a standing ovation.

Sharon Osbourne said:

“You sang it so well, such a confidence in your voice and a perfect song for you. You should be so proud of yourself.”

Gary Barlow added:


“Nicholas well done, I think you are going to give Louis problems here because he doesn’t have any seats left.”

Nicole Scherzinger raved:

“When you sing you are so beautiful and if you were in my category I would absolutely swap you.”

Louis Walsh had a tough decision on his hands and said:


“That was my favourite audition of the entire night. Nicholas I have made my decision, you are in my top six but I have a problem, somebody else is going to lose their seat.”

He decided to swap Alejandro for Nicholas and added:

“The person who is losing their seat in my top six is Alejandro. I went with my heart, I absolutely went with my heart.”

Did you agree with Louis’ decision tonight? Leave your comments below….

Lisa McGarry

Lisa has been watching reality TV for too long now. She won't do any housework unless 'Big Brother' announces it over the tannoy and everything she does has to be put to a public vote!


  1. MaryUtah on September 29, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Good decision! He’s young, needs some work – but deserves a chance

  2. Helen on September 30, 2013 at 1:09 am

    I totally agree with putting Nicholas through, but I think the wrong boy went home- should’ve been Giles, as I don’t think he is as vocally strong as the others. On the up side- no crap novelty acts this year, well done Lou Lou!!

  3. nechie on October 16, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    I totally agree. It was a good decision. This young lad deserves a chance. Nicky has beautiful voice and very talented. I predict he is goin to win the xfactor.

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