The 24-year-old from Saltburn has so far scored a major hit with judges on the live shows - winning unanimous praise for his version of the Eurythmics' Sweet Dreams last Saturday.
Speaking at the Pride of Britain awards earlier this week he says he's slowly getting used to the X Factor lifestyle.
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