17 year old teen star Luke Friend has hit the headlines again - this time for opening the tenth series of ITV’s The X Factor with resounding success! The X Factor judging panel praised the star, including Sharon Osbourne who has returned from exile saying “Luke I am crazy about you! You are quite fabulous.” Luke Friend opened the show and was the first to be invited to the live Arena Auditions. He sailed through the Arena Auditions with a standing ovation from all four of the judges and also Boot Camp and is now on his way to judges’ houses!

West Country boy Luke Friend has just come off the back of being crowned the winner of the singing competition TeenStar in July, the nationwide competition for teens and pre-teens! The TeenStar singing competition’s Grand Final took place within The O2 in London and gave acts the chance to play in front of a massive crowd and music industry judging panel.

Other X Factor judges include former Pussy Cat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger who told 17-year-old Luke Friend that he’s a “little diamond of rough” as he took to the audition room with Ben E. King’s Stand By Me. Louis Walsh commented “You have your own style, your own finish, love your voice. You’re different.”

Four yes’s later Luke Friend sailed through to the arena auditions, where he sang in front of the 4 judges once more, as well as a live audience of 4,000 people. Not only did the crowd go crazy for Luke Friend BUT he got a standing ovation from all 4 judges as well as the packed out crowd! Last weekend Luke bagged one of the 6 spots to go through to judges’ house after impressing the judges once again!

Luke Friend has already impressed an impressive judging panel within TeenStar who crowned the star singing competition winner. The TeenStar judging panel included former Radio 1 DJ and Choice FM presenter Ras Kwame who first discovered Emeli Sande. Four time Ivor Novello award winner Mark Hill, Choice FM presenter E Plus, Capital FM producer and celebrity journo Jon Hornbuckle, Editor of Shout Magazine Ali Henderson, Head of BGM Michael King and Head of Future Music Chris Graystonwho first discovered Birdy through the Open Mic UK music competition, all took part on the judging panel. So Luke’s talent was in good hands to be judged.

Chris Grayston remembers Luke Friend from the Open Mic UK competition, saying “It’s great to watch Luke’s development over the years and now he’s found his own image, sound and confidence there’s nothing stopping him!”