Bradley Johnson impressed the judges on the final X Factor 2011 audition show. The teenager performed The A Team by Ed Sheeran at his audition in Liverpool and wowed with his cool voice.
Age : 16.
Speaking to Dermot before his audition, the youngster admitted his childhood hadn’t been straightforward: “When I was 12 years old I started getting involved with scallies and thugs and that’s when I started getting in to trouble at school… I’ve been expelled from three schools.
“When I was 13, I got kicked out of my first school, when I was 14 I got kicked out of my second school. My mum and dad split up, I was confused. I was drinking on the streets, getting arrested by the police and it progressed from there. When I was 15 I went into a behavioural school and that’s when I looked at all the people there and thought ‘I’m nothing like this’, I stood out like a sore thumb. I just want to get on stage today and prove to everyone I’m a good lad, I’m not a bad lad anymore.”
On stage and Bradley told the panel: “It’s all in my past and I’ve come here today to prove to the teachers who think I’m a bad lad that I’ve got something good.”
Following his performance this is what the judges had to say:
Tulisa: “I love that song, and now I love it even more,”
Kelly Roland: “I look at you Bradley and I see so much passion. I could listen to that voice on an album from top to bottom.”
Louis Walsh: “I think you’re very brave, you’re very honest. You’ve got great likeability. This kid has got so much potential.”
Gary Barlow: “Bradley it was unique, distinctive, full of personality, and I think you’re going to be such a great part of this competition, I really do.
With four massive yeses, Bradley was off to bootcamp!