X FACTOR sensation Charlie Bick may have been kicked off the Chilean version of the hit show, but he has already been snapped up for TV stardom.
The 19-year-old from the Methwold area dropped out of the talent contest with his band Aduana on Monday after their performance of I Gotta Feeling by the Black Eyed Peas failed to pull in enough votes.
But Dad David said it didn’t take long for the offers of work to come flooding in.
“He was gutted when he got voted off the show but the following morning he was getting a lot of calls from TV stations, agents and TV producers.
“It seems that this experience has opened a few doors for Charlie,” he said.
Charlie has now signed a short-term contract with state-owned Chilean TV station, TVN, to appear in teenage variety show Calle 7.
The former Harrow School pupil will perform on the show twice a week, with his first appearance set for this Monday.
David said his son’s popularity became clear after some strong reactions to his eviction from X Factor: “Apparently when the group was voted off the show on Monday there were groups of girls going on to YouTube, trying to get Charlie’s group back on to the show in protest.”
Despite the flattering attention and TV appearances, Charlie is still set to sit his Spanish exams next month – the reason he travelled to South America in the first place.
But David said he felt that rather than distracting Charlie from his studies, his dalliance with fame had helped his learning.
“His Spanish skills have really accelerated. It’s very much a case of back to the books for him now so he can pass his exams – but we’ll see what the future holds,” he said.
David said he and Charlie’s mother, Susie, would be looking to travel to Chile in the next month.