Rock ‘n’ roll and swinging Sixties for X Factor star

Terry Winstanley who plays Phil in Dreamboats and Petticoats which is coming to the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on February 13-18.
Terry Winstanley who plays Phil in Dreamboats and Petticoats which is coming to the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on February 13-18.
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In last years X Factor the public fell for scaffolder Terry Winstanley as he sang Michael Bolton’s To Love Somebody to the judges. But after getting as far as Louis Walsh’s house in the final stages of auditions, the amateur singer was sent packing.

But far from going back home to work, Terry was offered a role in the national tour of Dreamboats and Petticoats, which reaches the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on February 13-18.

Terry says: ‘I got the part through X Factor. I did a read through and a song, and was offered the part. It’s amazing. I think all those guys out there work so hard for this and I’m doing it. I still can’t believe it.’

Playing the father of the main character Bobby, he supports him throughout the musical and eventually approves of his match with Laura.

Speaking about how the X Factor has changed his life, Terry says: ‘I really didn’t think I’d be doing this. I honestly didn’t expect to get on the programme. There’s 7000 people queuing like cattle and I thought there isn’t a chance.

‘The whole process took months, and then I got the call you’ve been chosen, and I went on the show. It was amazing. I felt so grateful to progress to that audition where 6000 people stood up and screamed. I’ve never experienced anything like that in my life!’

But even though he didn’t get through to the finals, he wouldn’t have it any other way.

He adds: ‘My life is completely different to getting up and lumping gear about all day. It’s a dream come true.’

Tickets cost £15 to £29.50 from the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on (023) 8071 1811 or go to mayflower.org.uk.