Byron student in X Factor's top 12
FROM a classroom in Lismore to the spotlight on prime-time television – one local teen is getting his big break.
Sixteen-year-old Mitchell Smith from Byron Bay was named as one of the 12 finalists on the TV show The X Factor.
The Channel 7 show, which has been compared to Australian Idol, auditioned thousands of aspiring musicians across the country before selecting the best, who were then split into four groups, with each group being mentored by a famous music personality.
Mitchell is working with mentor and radio presenter Kyle Sandilands.
He told The Northern Star he’s gone from sleeping all day to singing all day.
“For a 16-year-old boy that normally sleeps all day, this is pretty exciting,” the Year 10 Trinity Catholic College student said.
“I always wanted to go on one of the music shows, but I was never old enough. Then my Mum’s friend called me and told me about The X Factor audition in Brisbane. We went up to the audition at 6am to wait in line, but I was already the 100th person there.
“Only my closest friends knew about this and my girlfriend and they were so psyched when I kept going back and forth for more auditions. They are just amazed about it all.
“I just plan to work on really making a connection with the audience.”
Mitchell said he first started singing in Year 5 and since then has written a number of songs, which he gushes, are mostly about his girlfriend.
As for rubbing shoulders with celebrities on the show like American singer Kelly Rowland, who said Mitchell was a ‘heart throb’, it is ‘pretty cool’.
“Kyle gives me good advice, like he doesn’t just say, ‘oh yeah, that was bad’, he gives me some good pointers,” he said.