DESPITE not being picked for the live shows, X Factor star Terry Winstanley is determined to pursue a career in the music industry.
On Sunday evening, viewers saw how Terry failed to impress judge Louis Walsh enough to be put through to The X Factor live shows, which start this weekend.
But the 51-year-old grandfather from Tarring said he could still be in with a chance of appearing on the popular singing show, as rumours about a wild-card twist have emerged.
Terry said: “We’ve been told that we could expect a call this week – but nobody really knows what is happening – even if they did have wild cards this year, there’s no guarantee I’d get picked.”
After having to remain tight-lipped for the past few weeks, Terry said he was pleased to be able to speak out against Louis – who he described as a “useless” judge.
“He gave us no inspiration or advice, so it was tough having to keep quiet when the show starting airing, knowing I hadn’t made it through,” he said.
Terry, who worked for Shoreham-based Scoffold It before appearing on the show, said television presenter Holly Willoughby had started a campaign on social networking site Twitter to get Terry back on screens on The X Factor.
He has had several other television offers, such as to appear on Celebrity Juice, and some magazine and newspaper deals.
Terry said: “There’s so much in the pipeline, so I am pleased I took part in the show.”
He said he is also in talks to stage a gig in the Worthing area featuring other X Factor acts who did not make it through to the live shows, and was due to meet Worthing mayor Ann Barlow yesterday to discuss the idea.
Terry added: “I just want to say how amazing the support from my home town has been, and people from all over, too.”