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Scottish X Factor finalist goes back to his school for a boost

Nicholas McDonald gets warm welcome at St Aidan’s High, Wishaw, Martin McKean reports

The X Factor 2013 finalist revisited his school friends and staff to drum up support ahead of his appearance on the deciding edition of the television talent show tomorrow night.

The S6 pupil at the school flew in via helicopter on Tuesday then travelled via limo from the nearby airfield in Cumbernauld to the school to be greeted (above) with Scottish dancing, a piper, and the media.

On returning to the assembly hall, the Catholic student took to the stage to perform A Thousand Years by Christina Perri and Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars to S5 and his own S6 year group.

Nicholas then left to prepare for a concert organised by Radio Clyde in Motherwell Civic Centre.

“We wish him all the very best in the finals,” the school said in a statement. “Everyone at St Aidan’s High will certainly be voting for him.”

On the day, senior St Aidan’s staff thanked the school’s music department both for nurturing Nicholas’ musical ability and for the setting up of equipment for his performance. Thanks were also given to the classroom assistants, under the guidance of Loraine Duncan, and members of the SMT for coordinating the visit.

Last month ‘Nicky’ got the opportunity to sing the national anthem at the Scotland versus US football friendly at Hampden Stadium. Unfortunately the national team didn’t share his success, only managing a draw.

His classmates wish him well for tomorrow night’s X Factor final.


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