Local School boy Ethan Cross has the X Factor


Ethan Cross is 10 years old, and a pupil at Rufford C of E School. He starting singing and dancing at home from the age of 5, then started singing lessons just for fun this year with Amanda Neale’s Singing Academy in Southport. Ethan  says Amanda is an absolutely amazing person. She is so kind, caring, fun and has such a bubbly personality.

Amanda Neale has got to know Ethan really well and her encouragement, support and personality have been perfect to help Ethan with his self-esteem. Amanda felt entering Ethan into a singing competition would be a perfect platform for him to gain confidence and she has been with him every step of the way.

Since starting his new school and meeting Amanda Neale his life has changed for the better. Ethan says that 2015 has been the best year of his life – starting at a fantastic new school, having lots of great friends and fabulous teachers who have all supported and encouraged him. Ethan has just been awarded his Black Belt in Tang Soo Do martial arts after 5 years’ of commitment and hard work and, in addition to this, is through to the Area Finals of OpenMic UK which was totally unexpected.

The National singing competition called OpenMicUK has approx. 10,000 entries each year and is described as a young person’s X-factor.  Previous winners are Birdy of Skinny Love fame who won the competition in 2008 aged 12, Lucy Spraggan, of X Factor and Jaymi from Union J.

Judges include Music producers, celebrities, representatives from Sony and Universal Music.

Ethan is in the Under 16’s category.

dance ots southportHe was allowed up to 2 backing dancers so he contacted friends Luke Buckley and Elliot Gallagher from Basedance in Ormskirk. The boys’ gelled really well together, have lots of fun and just clicked. They are now a threesome. Their last performance was in Liverpool in front of a substantial live audience, where family, Ethan’s school friends and Amanda Neale all attended to support the boys. The next round is the Area Regional Finals for NW and Scotland on Sunday 6th December 2015.

If they are successful on the 6th December, they will go to the National Finals, previously held at O2 London and also the NEC, Birmingham. If they don’t get through there is the added chance of going through on a Wildcard. Each Act is given a Wildcard number and a timespan of a  week for people to text the number of the Act they would like to see go through to the National Finals so they may need everybody’s help!

The boys’ are practising hard and getting excited for their next performance and in their words intend to ‘give it large’!!


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