Two graduates of the ICMP have been performing brilliantly on their respective versions of the X Factor in recent weeks.
Songwriting alumnus Max Stone has this week been voted through to the Judges’ Houses round of the X Factor UK. After narrowly avoiding elimination in the Six Chair Challenge, Max made it through the following rounds and is now one of the final twelve contestants. In the latest challenge, Max’s rendition of Coolio’s ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ was enough to impress X Factor boss Simon Cowell and guest judge Louis Tomlinson of One Direction, with Louis saying “I love his voice, he just has that individuality and he stands out”.
Max studied on our BA Songwriting degree, getting stuck into the London music scene and performing at prestigious venues such as The Roundhouse and the Jazz Cafe, playing alongside musicians such as rapper Chozen and reggae legends Maxi Priest and Jimmy Cliff.
Max Stone impresses Simon Cowell and Louis Tomlinson with his performance.
Another graduate of ours, Davide ‘Shorty’ Sciortino, has been making waves on the X Factor in his native Italy. Davide got off to an impressive start, wowing the judges at the audition stage with his rendition of Paolo Nutini’s ‘Iron Sky’, and storming through both the judges’ house round. In the most recent live show, he gave a brilliant performance of Wild Cherry’s ‘Play That Funky Music’ to unanimous praise, securing his place in the final eleven.
Davide is a graduate of our BMus Popular Music Performance degree, and vocalist for Retrospective for Love, a band made up of students from the ICMP. As a band they have been gaining traction in their own right, performing all over London (including at our own Industry Showcase and Tunnel to Tunnel Festival), supporting artists such as Bilal and Quantic, as well as heading to Croatia to perform at Soundwave Festival.
Davide storms the stage with his performance of 'Play That Funky Music'.