Sep 26 2012 By David Baker
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AS FORMER Observer employee Adam Burridge bids to make it through to the live finals of The X-Factor his dad has described how proud he is to have watched him get this far.
Adam, who worked for a number of titles including the Observer as an advertising sales rep, has already beaten off competition from thousands of hopefuls to make it through to the last 24 acts of the popular ITV singing show.
And as he prepares for the latest stage this weekend, which sees him bid to impress mentor Nicole Scherzinger, in the ‘Judge’s Houses’ phase, his dad spoke about his progress so far.
Mark Burridge, of Walton Avenue, South Harrow, said: “As a family we have always been big fans of the show so watching him perform on The X-Factor stage has been quite surreal, but we are all so proud of him.
“The whole thing has been incredible for him and irrespective of how it gets on the exposure to the music industry and the experience this has given him has been great.
“It has required a lot of hard work and quite intense at times but he realises that if you put in the work there are great rewards.”
According to Mr Burridge Adam, 23, a former pupil at Earlsmead Primary School in Arundel Drive, South Harrow, and of Queensmead School, in South Ruislip, decided to put himself forward for this year’s programme after it was opened up to songwriters.
He added: “He got a call from a friend who organises acts at The Trinity in Harrow who said he thought he should go for it this years because of new rules.
“The Trinity has been great for Adam in the past and given him a lot more exposure locally.
“Adam has always been into music and would always be on the computer looking up artists or listening to music, but we decided to get him a guitar - bought for about £50 at a music shop in Harrow.
“It just went from there really. I heard him singing along and told him ‘you’ve got a really nice to tone to your voice’ and since then he has just got better and better.
“Since then there has been some good gigs, and some not so good gigs, but hopefully this can give him the break he needs.”