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McDonald mobbed at homecoming show
X Factor finalist Nicholas McDonald found himself mobbed when he returned home to Scotland, ahead of the finals this weekend.
Thousands of well-wishers greeted the 17-year-old, who is up against Luke Friend and Sam Bailey in the finale of the ITV singing show, as he flew into Motherwell by helicopter, reported the Daily Mirror.
He met up with classmates at St Aidan's High School, where he treated pupils to performances of Bruno Mars' Just The Way You Are and Christina Perri's A Thousand Years, before heading to his parents' home, where he was met by more fans and neighbours.
Nicholas revealed The X Factor has given him a new appreciation for music, saying: "When I was at school at St Aidan's my heart wasn't in it. I even used to dread music. I thought that afterwards I'd be on the brew (dole)."
He thanked his friends for their unwavering support throughout the competition.
"I just want to say before I start singing, thank you to everyone who has come out to support me today and to everyone that voted," he said.
"I keep seeing people I've not seen for ages and everybody is coming to my house tonight and Motherwell Civic Centre. I never thought I'd get to the final. I love you all."
Nicholas is the bookmaker's second 4-1 favourite to win The X Factor behind odds-on favourite Sam Bailey.