X Factor star plays gig for Girvan’s Emma

X Factor star Nicholas McDonald (centre) on stage at Girvan Academy alongside the local acts on the night.
X Factor star Nicholas McDonald (centre) on stage at Girvan Academy alongside the local acts on the night.

X Factor star Nicholas McDonald was in Girvan to perform a fundraising gig to help a Girvan Academy pupil.

The singer who finished second in the ITV show performed at Girvan Academy to help Emma Sinclair, who is heading toIndia to teach in August.

Nicholas spoke to the Gazette before the gig.

“The gig came about as Emma’s Gran lives in the same street as my Aunt and it was just a case of pestering to book me for something.

“It’s not normally something I’d do but I thought since it’s somebody local, it would be good to give back.

“I was saying to Andrew (Emma’s Dad) how it’s weird you can do a gig like this in front of 200 people to help somebody out, then doing something else in front of thousands of people, it’s the craziest job in the world, I wouldn’t change it.

“I’ve just announced my first UK tour, and we’ll be in Glasgow (at the O2 ABC on 29 July) and in Aberdeen on July 28.

“Emma’s doing a great thing and I just thought let’s make it even greater.”

Nicholas performed a set including his hit song A Thousand Years and feel good covers of “Happy” and “Uptown Funk.”

Local acts provided the warm up for Nicholas with Natalie Purdie and Lewis Brown performing together including a version of Four, Five Seconds by Rihanna, Paul McCartney and Kayne West.

Hannah MacPherson gave a solo performance including a great rendition of Pink’s ‘Who Knew’ before Shannon Sockell, who is off to theatre in London next year, took to the stage to take on songs including Adele’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’. Rock band Rockapotamus got the crowd going before Nicholas performed hits by Arctic Monkeys and Chuck Berry amongst others.