X Factor’s Drew Wedlake wows judges – but fails to reveal he’s already signed a record deal and is friends with James Arthur

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X Factor’s Drew Wedlake wows judges – but fails to reveal he’s already signed a record deal and is friends with James Arthur

A contestant managed to wow the judges on tonight’s X Factor – but failed to mention that he’s already signed a record deal.

Drew Wedlake said he worked in his family’s bed and breakfast in Bristol, but didn’t reveal he has a budding music career and has even released a music video.

The wannabe popstar impressed Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh in particular with his stripped back rendition of Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes.

And the 22-year old may have had some guidance from good friend James Arthur, who knows what it takes to win the singing contest.

Drew Wedlake has already signed a record deal
(Image: REX/Shutterstock)
The singer impressed the judges but failed to mention his lengthy CV
(Image: PA)

According to The Sun , Drew signed to Horous Music in 2015 after impressing bosses with his songs and in the same year his EP Get Crazy was released and is available to buy on iTunes.

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He has also previously taken part in The Open Mic UK Bristol Regional Finals and won himself some studio time, so is used to performing in front of big crowds.

Despite his impressive CV, Drew decided to tell the judges that he just works for the family business and goes out busking on the streets.

Drew has released a music video and his song can be bought on iTunes
(Image: REX/Shutterstock)

He said: “I don’t really do too much work to be honest. Change the odd lightbulb, play my guitar for the customers when they come in. As soon as four o’clock hits I’m straight out the door to do some busking.”

Drew was joined by 20 friends and family who were there to support him backstage.

Louis said he liked Drew’s voice, while Simon added: “You look great Drew and your voice is good.”

He got four strong ‘yeses’ from the judges and made it through to boot camp.

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Former winner James Arthur hanging out with Drew
(Image: Instagram/Drew Wedlake)
Drew pictured with boxing stars Joe Calzaghe, Rickky Hatton and James DeGale
(Image: Instagram/Drew Wedlake)

The singer may call on James Arthur to provide some tips on how to impress the judges in the next round.

He regularly tweets the 2012 winner and shared a picture on Instagram of the pair “chilling” at a bash in 2014.

Will Drew take inspiration from James and go on to win the series?

* The X Factor airs tonight on ITV at 8.00pm

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