An 18-year-old yodeller from Devon has been voted off hit TV show X Factor at the boot camp stage.
Barclay Beales, an unemployed singer from Bow near Copplestone, was axed after not being selected for judge’s houses by mentor of the boy’s category Louis Walsh.
Barclay, a former pupil of Crediton Queen Elizabeth School, initially won the attention of judges in previous rounds by yodelling popular songs.
He was sent through to the boot camp stage after getting a yes from all four judges for his unique cover of One Direction’s hit What Makes You Beautiful.
However, in last night’s show his interpretation of Respect by Aretha Franklin disappointed judges.
After the performance Sharon Osbourne declared: “I have never in my life! What was that? I have never in my entire career heard yodelling in Respect. It was like a joke.”
Gary Barlow said: “It was like someone turning the radio dial onto a different station and then back again.”
Mentor of the boy’s category, Louis Walsh, said he couldn’t offer him a seat through to judge’s houses by saying: “At least it was different but I am sorry, you’re going home.”
The teenager, who also studied music at Exeter College, has performed at several venues across Devon including The White Hart in Bow and at St James’s Park, Exeter City’s football ground.
He said he has never taken a lesson in yodelling, instead teaching himself the talent after being inspired by another reality TV show.
He said: “I saw a girl on America’s Got Talent called Taylor Ware in 2006. She was yodelling on there and I thought it sounded amazing, so I got on my computer and taught myself to do it.”
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VIDEO: Barclay Beales performs One Direction’s hit What Makes You Beautiful in earlier round of X Factor: