A FORMER chorister from Thetford has become an X Factor sensation after auditioning for the show – in Chile.
Charlie Bick, 19, from the Methwold area, wowed the judges with his take on Enrique Iglesias’ Hero at auditions.
Charlie is currently studying Spanish in Santiago and mother Susie said he had always loved to sing.
“He’s always sung in choirs and around the house and when the family he is staying with in Chile heard there were X Factor auditions, they told him to go for it,” she said.
Attention around the former Harrow School pupil has been ‘mad’ according to Susie, with several TV and radio interviews already in the bag.
But after making it through to the boot camp stage of the show - one of 30 to make it out of an initial 10,000 hopefuls - he’s taking it all in his stride.
“He’s loving it and he’s coping with it really well.
“He’s always been a performer - he sang at the Royal Albert Hall with Jose Carreras as part of Ely Cathedral choir when he was younger and has appeared in stage shows, too.”
Charlie first travelled to Santiago in his gap year with plans to come home and study law in England.
He taught English and football as part of the trip, staying with a Chilean family as he found his feet.
He enjoyed the experience so much that he decided to go back this year and study Spanish instead.
Susie said: “He loves the Chilean people and they are very interested in how we depict them.
“He’s stayed with the most wonderful family there and everyone has welcomed him with open arms.”
Despite Charlie’s success - he is strongly tipped as a potential winner of the talent show - Susie still has motherly concerns.
“I am very pleased for him but I am getting concerned about his Spanish exams - but that’s just a mum thing,” she said.
Filming of the show is three weeks behind transmission, with the boot camp stage set to be followed by live performances.