Danyl Johnson needs your voteBy Natalie Slater
October 28, 2009
Town crooner Danyl Johnson had a narrow escape in the latest X Factor round as he came in the bottom two.
Now he needs his hometown behind him as he faces tough competition winning back fans after some accused him of being too arrogant.
The 27-year-old Arborfield lad sang with confidence during the Big Band showcase on last Saturday’s show but was brought back down to reality with a bang when he had to sing for survival.
The Reading Post went out on the town’s streets to see why people thought the talented former Starmaker pupil and teacher at Mo’s Dance School was not popular with some.
Shopper Amber Gunning, 22, who was visiting the town from Swindon, said: “I don’t think he deserved to be in the bottom two but I don’t think his song was as Big Band-like as it could have been.
“I think he is good but he knows he is good and I think he is a bit too cocky. When he went through to the final 12 I wasn’t sure he should have done because he expected it too much.
“To be in the bottom two has probably done him some good though and hopefully he will realise how he is coming across.
“He is definitely very good and has the potential to win it but it’s the likeability factor everyone is talking about. He comes across maybe a bit arrogant so people are not that keen.”
Tilehurst 16-year-old Hannah Whybrow appealed for a reality check.
“Britain has gone nuts, why are the twins still in it?” she said.
“Danyl is very talented and has a great voice but everyone is voting for the twins and forgetting about the talent.”
Danielle Murphy, 16, also from Tilehurst, added: “If the twins win I will kill myself. Danyl is really good and I think he could win but he needs to tone it down a bit.”
Meanwhile Laura Mahoney, 21, from Burghfield Common, said: “I was shocked that he was in the bottom two. I am not sure if people think he’s too arrogant so didn’t vote or thought he was safe so didn’t vote.
“It might be a good wake-up call for him but for Cheryl to put it back to the public vote was terrible. Her job is to judge and she wimped out.”
Roberta Tozer, from Calcot, said: “Maybe he has come across a bit arrogant but he is very talented. I don’t really know who I want to win but I think Danyl has a chance.”
And Odilla Jecka, 26, from the town centre, said: “I think he is very good and I think he is going to win. I think it was very silly that he was in the bottom two.”
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