Talented Cronton Student Appears on X-Factor after Signing Contract
Britani Humphries, an A Level student at Cronton Sixth Form College, has enjoyed the incredible experience of signing a five year contract with former Take-That manager Nigel Martin-Smith and appearing on the popular ITV show The X Factor.
Britani, from Widnes, has been musical from an early age. She regularly sung at school and in local competitions, along with writing her own songs.
The former Wade Deacon High School student saw an advertisement for a new four member all-girl group that the famous manager Nigel Martin-Smith was looking to form and applied. She said, “Hundreds of girls around the country had applied for the position so I wasn’t expecting to hear back, but I was called in for an audition. It went really well, I was recalled for another audition and shortlisted to the final 20 applicants. We then took part in vocal coach workshops and I was told we would hear back within six weeks to find out if I was successful. Amazingly, I received the news just 3 days later that I had made it into the band, I was thrilled!
“I met the rest of the girls in the group – Katie, Saskia and Alex – we clicked really quickly. Soon after, we applied for the X Factor and made it through to the arena auditions in front of the Judges.
“It was very surreal singing in front of people you have seen on TV! We were the first girl group to audition on the day and I was quite nervous as I had never sung in front of such a big audience. We met Olly Murs and Caroline Flack who were really encouraging.”
Despite the group being together just 5 weeks, the girls impressed judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora with an acapella version of Clean Bandit’s song Rather Be, and made it through to ‘Bootcamp’ with four yeses.
“Bootcamp was a great experience; we went through lots of challenges. We made it through to the second stage and the final 90 artists. We got some really positive feedback from the judges about our performance and our look, but sadly we didn’t make it through to the next stage of the competition.”
The former Wade Deacon student said about the experience, “I have auditioned for things in the past but have never been recalled, so this has been unbelievable. We met so many big names in the industry and received lots of positive comments which have been a big confidence booster.”
Britani has made a very positive start to life at college, and has made sure to concentrate on her studies despite the excitement of her music career. She commented, “I’m currently doing A Levels at Cronton College in Law, History and Sociology which I am really enjoying.”
The girls G.N.D (Girl Next Door) have a bright future ahead of them.