X Factor: What next for District3's Micky Parsons?
THERE have been many ups and downs for Micky Parsons – but the only way is up from now on.
District3 were voted off The X Factor on Sunday after going head-to-head with fellow boyband Union J.
Today, Micky, who grew up in Cleethorpes, told the Grimsby Telegraph that he was "gutted" but is also "excited and looking forward to the future".
Their mentor, Louis Walsh, refused to chose between his two acts, meaning it was up to his fellow judges to decide with a majority vote on Sunday night's show.
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They performed Eric Clapton's Tears In Heaven and the trio chose Bruno Mars' Just The Way You Are as their "save me" song.
Micky said: "We were really happy with our performances and I am glad we went out on a high.
"But we had a terrifying feeling all day that we would be out this week.
"I can't wait to see what is outside of the X Factor bubble. We will start writing new songs in our flat-turned-studio and put out some YouTube covers. Girls are a big part of our songwriting. I know this sounds cliche, but we're not old enough to have been through a lot yet.
"We will see what our vibe is, and what songs suit us. We sometimes write songs and they are not suitable for us, but for other artists."
Eighteen-year-old Micky grew up in Cleethorpes, even appearing in the Grimsby Telegraph when he landed a role as one of the Von Trapp children in the West End musical The Sound Of Music.
He later moved with his family to Windsor, but still has relatives living in Cleethorpes.
This year's X Factor has been a success story for local talent.
Micky appeared on our screens in the early weeks of the programme performing I'll Make Love To You by Boyz II Men – probably one of District3's most memorable performances.
The trio then went to the judges houses and flew out to Las Vegas to perform for Louis and guest judge Sharon Osbourne.
The boys impressed them with their rooftop rendition of Carrie Underwood's Bless The Broken Road.
They made it through to the live shows, garnering huge amounts of support from right here in North East Lincolnshire.
One of their lowest moments was when they were in the bottom two acts, singing Everything I Do, I Do It For You to survive against Melanie Masson. But they clawed their way back and made it through.
During the Club Classics week, their Madcon/Chris Brown mash-up saw Micky leading the three-piece in a confident, energetic performance which even saw him perform a rock-star style leap from a high platform.
And Gary Barlow described them as "the revelation of the night."
However, another low was when the judges did not enjoy their Halloween performance.
They donned costumes from Clockwork Orange to perform a mash-up of Every Breath You Take, by The Police, and Beautiful Monster, by Ne-Yo.
"I've been noticing all the support from Grimsby and Cleethorpes because my gran, Patricia, sends me the cuttings," he said.
"I would like to say thanks to everyone in North East Lincolnshire who voted for us and supported us – everyone must vote for Ella now!"
Micky predicts Tetney teenager Ella Henderson, and James Arthur and Jermaine Douglas, will be in the final.
"Ella is lovely and it's great that she is doing it for our hometown – I hope she goes all the way," he said.
Because District3 were in the final seven, they will be part of The X Factor 2013 Live Tour – and will be performing at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on Tuesday, February 12.
And Micky, a former Humberston School pupil, said he is nervous about performing on tour.
"We have only just scraped on the tour, and I am really looking forward to it, but I'm bricking it at the same time because we will be performing to thousands of people!" he said.
"The X Factor has been a great experience for me and my highlight has to be the ensembles each week – it was so much fun.
"Even though events, such as the Skyfall premiere, were wicked to go to, we are in it for the music.
"We try to put in 110 per cent and we really want a career out of music."
Micky said he has learnt a lot about himself during the X Factor experience, especially his independence.
"I have learned a lot of things, especially about what I like and don't like," he said.
"I like Nicole Scherzinger and Tulisa, and I don't like the long hours – but the hours come with the job, so I don't mind it that much."
But he really misses Cleethorpes because it is "peaceful".
"I will be visiting family in Cleethorpes in a couple of weeks," he added.
Micky's proud grandmother, Patricia Ansette, from Cleethorpes, is "relieved" he is out of the show.
"He was becoming so poorly and he looked as white as a sheet – I am relieved he is not in The X Factor because it means he can come and see me!" she said.
"The last time I saw him was in August for his 18th birthday, so I can't wait for him to visit.
"I thought their performance on Saturday night was really good with Micky playing the piano – but I thought their sing-off was a bit lack lustre.
"I didn't like the way the show dressed them and Micky would never normally wear a hat."
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