X clusive night with Danyl and his 'fan-yls'By Laura Herbert
February 04, 2010
‘Fan-yls’ gathered to meet X Factor sensation Danyl Johnson as he revealed hot gossip during an intimate gig.
The former dance teacher shared his thoughts on his media coverage during the talent contest, what life was like in the X Factor house and his plans after the X Factor tour during a special event at The Forbury hotel in the town centre on Sunday.
Fans – some have even nicknamed themselves ‘fan-yls’ – got to quiz the singer on anything they wanted during a question and answer session.
When asked what he would do differently if he went on the X Factor again, Danyl answered: “I would probably suck up to Cheryl [and] I would say, ‘Do I have to sing girls’ songs?’”
He went on to talk about song choices on the show and revealed, “we [contestants] have no choice at all”.
He added: “George Michael Week was going to be American week.
“Simon wanted me to sing Praying for Time but I wanted to sing Careless Whisper, so I recorded both so he could listen to them.”
Asked whether his mentor lived up to his ‘Mr Nasty’ nickname, he said: “We spoke to Simon’s staff at his house in LA [during boot camp] and they said he was the nicest person to work for.”
Since the show Danyl, from Arborfield, keeps in touch with all of the contestants and even admitted he had a crush on Welsh singer Lucy and revealed pal Olly Murs labelled all food and shelves in the house according to which singing category people were in. One fan asked if Danyl thought the media had ruined his chances of winning the show.
“I think the media were too nice at the beginning,” he said. “Anyone they make a front runner will go out. Joe was the underdog and came through later. Because I was so well known at the beginning it was easier to bad mouth me than it was other people in the show.
“At the beginning they were over-hyping me so it kind of balanced out.”
After the X Factor tour, which starts later this month and ends in April, Danyl said he and some of his pals from the show will be taking a much-needed holiday.
“I want to go somewhere nice in the sun,” he said. “After that I will be concentrating on my music.”
Afterwards fans were treated to a three-course meal and an intimate acoustic gig where Danyl sang some of his favourite songs.