Former Barking and Dagenham College student keeps X Factor dream alive

PUBLISHED: 12:35 24 September 2012 | UPDATED: 15:30 24 September 2012

Luke White (left) and his Times Red bandmates

Luke White (left) and his Times Red bandmates


X Factor hopeful Luke White, a former Barking and Dagenham College student, has made it through to the judges’ houses stage of the popular ITV1 show.

Luke, 25, is a member of three-piece Times Red who only made the cut following the shock exit of rival trio Rough Copy, dropped due to a band-member’s VISA issues.

The singer, who gained a distinction in his BTEC First Diploma in Performing Arts at the college, spent three years in a Take That tribute band before forming Times Red with friends Scott Ritchie and Staz Hair.

“It was gutting to find out that we weren’t through to the judges’ houses, we’d been working towards it for years. But, we got on with it and started thinking about our lives outside of the X-Factor,” said Luke.

“About a month passed and then we got a phone call. I was in Ireland visiting friends at the time. We then called each other and went mental!

“It was so amazing. We think that the experience has helped us to come back stronger than ever – getting thrown out the first time has made us really appreciate how lucky we are.”

At the auditions stage the Essex-based group blew the judges away with their unique rendition of Amy Winehouse hit Rehab, drawing flattering praise for their performance.

N-Dubz singer Tulisa told them they had ‘raw talent’ and Take That frontman Gary Barlow added: “I think there’s something really special here”.

Also through to the judges’ houses stage of the competition in the wake of Rough Copy’s exit is group Triple J.

The next episode of the X Factor will air on ITV1 this Saturday at 8.10pm.

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