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Gary Barker: Liverpool singer on life after losing out on X Factor success

Gary has had a single in the Top Ten and is about to set off on tour in the USA. Credit: ITV News

A singer from Merseyside who got booted off the ITV singing show the X Factor has proven that you don't have to give up on your dream.

Gary Barker made it to the six chair challenge when judge Nicole Scherzinger decided his journey had come to an end.

But Gary is going strong. He's already had a single in the Top Ten and is just about to set off on tour in America.

I was absolutely devastated, but knew I was going to go... it gave me the kick up the backside that I needed.

– Gary Barker, singer
This is the moment Gary's X Factor journey came to an end. Credit: ITV X Factor

Gary still has a residency at a pub in Liverpool. He says it's the best pub in the city, and he once inspired this amazing moment when a giant conga line headed out into the streets:

But the father of two has also reinvented himself as a country music singer, and is now hoping for success across the pond when he goes on tour in the USA.

You can watch the full report below when Sarah Rogers went to meet him at a recording studio in Liverpool: