Driver’s bid for big time

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A bus driver who works for Langley Mill-based Trent Barton wowed the celebrity judges in his first audition on TV talent search X-Factor — but had his hopes dashed at the second hurdle.

James MacDonald, who regularly sings to customers on board his Indigo bus, sailed through the initial round, impressing judges Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger.

Sadly he was then knocked out of the competition, as he sang to a live audience of up to 4,000 people at the O2 Arena in London.

But despite the knockback, James says he will audition for the show again next year.

In the meantime he plans to start singing in pubs and expects many more song requests from his customers travelling his service between Nottingham and Derby.

The 25-year-old from Forest Fields, said: “Passengers already ask me to belt out a tune when they climb on board.

“But after appearing on TV I think this will happen a little more often now!”

The programmes featuring James were aired last Saturday, when he sang ‘Lately’ by Stevie Wonder, and Sunday when he performed ‘Red’ by Daniel Merriweather.