Britain’s X Factor TV show heated up yesterday with the audition of former Chicago native Ethan Boroian, a handsome crooner who now lives in London. According to the enthusiastic response from the judges, Ethan is going to give the show’s previously favored singer, openly bisexual Danyl Johnson, a run for his money. You can decide for yourself who's the hottest when you view the videos of their auditions, posted below. But first, here are some photos and mini-bios for the magnetic soloists.
Handsome, doe-eyed Danyl Johnson says he's done it with boys and with girls. The Aug. 23, 2009 issue of News of The World quotes him as saying: "I am a massive flirt. I wouldn't rule out someone just because of their gender. I haven't been in that many relationships, only about four. It's been a year since I was last with someone. That's horrible! I hate boxes, so I don't like to call myself gay, straight or bisexual. But yeah, I'll admit that I have dated men.”
Bisexual songster Danyl Johnson takes time off from his vocalizing to sit by the dock of the bay. 2009 photo
Danyl even says judges Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh are every bit as appealing as Cheryl Cole and Dannii Minogue! "They're all good-looking," said Danyl. "Simon and Louis are very nice. Between them I would pick Simon though—because he has a feisty attitude. I would love to be around someone like that. Even his hair and his clothes are just fine to me."
Photo of Danyl Johnson reacting to the X Factor judges positive critiques 8-21-09
Danyl Johnson, 27, is from Arborfield, a settlement just outside of Reading in England, “where everyone knows everyone,” he says. “The town has always been very supportive of my singing which helps me a lot.” He works at three stage schools, two in Reading called Mo’s and Starmaker and one in Windsor called SOTA, where he teaches Dance and Drama for youngsters aged 4 to 16.
Danyl Johnson performing "With a Little Help From My Friends" for the X Factor television show. 8-21-09 photo
“I love teaching,” Danyl says. “It’s always different and when the kids put on a show at the end of term I’m so proud of them, and the hard work they put in makes it all worthwhile.”
In his spare time, he sings and writes songs for a band called Empty Spaces. He loves tennis, golf, football, scary films, and theme parks. He sports a Superman tattoo on his right arm and is a longtime fan of the comic book hero.
Pensive closeup photo of a relaxed Danyl Johnson. Check out the dreamy eyes!
After whipping the audience into a frenzy during his August 21 try-out, receiving a rare standing ovation, and his performance being hailed "the single best first audition" by the impenetrable Simon Cowell, it’s not hard to see why Danyl Johnson thought it might be a good idea to audition for this year’s X Factor.
8-21-09 photo of Danyl Johnson singing on the U.K.'s 2009 X Factor
Here’s the “Official 2009 X Factor Danyl Johnson Auditions 1 Video.” Danyl has a passion for singing and manages to completely own the stage in this incredible first performance, singing Joe Cocker’s “With a Little Help from My Friends” August 21, 2009. See more at http://www.itv.com/xfactor:
Ethan began penning his own music at the age of fifteen and never looked back. Now living in England studying at Royal Holloway University of London, he still finds the time to write music and dreams of people all over the world listening to his compositions.
9-19-09 photo of Ethan Boroian smiling during the X Factor judges' positive comments
Walking on the X Factor stage to a chorus of wolf-whistles yesterday, the 19-year-old proceeded to sing an impressive version of The Kings of Leon’s "Use Somebody," which had each of the four judges grinning from ear to ear.
Recent photo of Ethan Boroian looking lost after arriving at Royal Holloway University. I, for one, would be happy to help him find himself!
“The girls are gonna love you… you’re gonna go far in this competition!” predicted judge Louis Walsh, after Ethan’s performance, obviously having taken note of the high pitched squeals of both sexes coming from the audience.
Ethan Boroian trying to take it all in during the X Factor audition yesterday. 9-19-09 photo
So far, no word on whether Ethan is versatile and open when it comes to love, but one can surely hope and pray!
Watch the “Official X Factor 2009 Auditions 5 Video of Ethan Boroian” as he delivers a knock-your-socks-off version of Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody,” taped on September 19, 2009. Ethan thinks he's got what it takes. Was his move from the USA worthwhile? See more at http://www.itv.com/xfactor.
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