X Factor 2017: Matt Linnen sings If I Were A Boy at arena auditions

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Matt Linnen impressed The X Factor 2017 judges in tonight’s bootcamp episode.

This evening was the start of the first of three bumper bootcamp shows as the arena auditions began.

Each of the remaining contestants in the competition picked their own song before facing the judges and a 5,000 strong live audience at Wembley Arena.

28-year old plasterer Matt Linnen chose to sing If I Were A Boy by Beyonce.

He said of the song choice: “I think I was trying to do something a bit different from the critique I had from the judges at my audition.”

Matt told cameras: “I’d rather have negative feedback so I can improve. I’ve been chasing this dream for so long, I don’t know how long I can carry on… this could be it, this could be my last chance.

“To get through would mean the world.”

After singing, the judges had a private discussion.

Sharon Osbourne said: “I think the public will like him and his personality.”

“They’re going to love him,” agreed Nicole Scherzinger before announcing the group’s decision to put Matt through to the six chair challenge.

Earlier this year Matt was all by himself when he faced the Judges at the auditions, telling them he’s “riding solo”.

And he didn’t need anyone else as his version of Ray LaMontagne’s Trouble earned him a place at Boot Camp.

“I’ve been involved with music and with various bands I’ve been in, I feel like now is the time to come on the show and show you guys what I got,” said Matt.

Matt then grabbed his guitar to perform his version of Ray LaMontagne’s Trouble.

With four yeses from the judges, Matt sailed through to the next round.

The X Factor airs Saturday and Sunday night on ITV.

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