HARTLEPOOL singer Michael Rice’s journey on The X Factor appears to be over after he did not make it through to the next round.
The 16-year-old won universal praise from all four of the show’s judges at the open auditions in Newcastle, which was screened a few weeks ago.
He then made it through to the Boot Camp stage after being put through in the Wembley auditions in front of 5,000 people.
But Michael took to Twitter to inform his supporters that he did not make it to second stage of Boot Camp.
The nerve racking six chair challenge, when contestants battle it out for a place at the judges’ houses, was shown over the weekend.
Michael tweeted: “Its been confirmed I won’t be shown at boot camp either! I’ll tell use I didn’t make judges houses!!”
But Michael could still be brought back into the show as a ‘wildcard’.
The student, from Belle Vue, Hartlepool, now studying music at York College, was inundated with messages of support on Twitter.
One supporter called gem @gaznickymichael said: “Xfactor isn’t going to be the same.”
Another, @AthenaMZ_, said: “Out of all the contestants this year @MichaelRiceOff was definitely my favourite xx.”
But there was better news for contestant Kerrianne Covell, 23, who is a former student of Nadine’s Academy of Dance and Performing Arts in Hartlepool.
The shoe shop worker, from Norton, secured a place at the home of judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini.