Artistes laud Ola as UK X Factor run ends

"GUT­TED!!! Not the re­sult we ex­pect­ed or want­ed but this has been an ex­tra­or­di­nary and fun jour­ney for us. Our aim was al­ways to por­tray So­ca mu­sic to the WORLD and I think we suc­ceed­ed to an ex­tent."

This was the mes­sage from for­mer Groovy So­ca Monarch Olatun­ji "Ola" Year­wood on his so­cial me­dia pages fol­low­ing his elim­i­na­tion from the UK X Fac­tor com­pe­ti­tion yes­ter­day.

Year­wood was vot­ed out of the com­pe­ti­tion de­spite hav­ing a spir­it­ed per­for­mance of Jig­gle It, which he wrote days be­fore the fi­nal, on Sat­ur­day.

Com­ment­ing af­ter­wards, Year­wood said the per­for­mance was done with a "heavy heart know­ing the flood­ing back home and dev­as­ta­tion where peo­ple lost EVERY­THING."

Fol­low­ing his elim­i­na­tion Year­wood's men­tor Ay­da Field said she was "com­plete­ly dev­as­tat­ed" by the de­ci­sion.

"I am com­plete­ly dev­as­tat­ed. I just don't get it, he smashed it last night. He brought the house down. I'm gut­ted. And not on­ly that, he's just an in­cred­i­ble hu­man be­ing. I'm at a loss for words," Field said told the show’s pre­sen­ter Der­mot O’Leary af­ter he made the an­nounce­ment.

Year­wood thanked the UK X Fac­tor judges, in­clud­ing Si­mon Cow­ell, for "ac­cept­ing so­ca mu­sic" and giv­ing him the op­por­tu­ni­ty to show­case it in­ter­na­tion­al­ly.

"To every fan and friend NEW and OLD I salute you and say THANK YOU!!!" Year­wood post­ed on so­cial me­dia af­ter­wards.

Year­wood's fel­low so­ca artistes, in­clud­ing De­stra Gar­cia, Er­phaan Alves and Ri­car­do Drue, ap­plaud­ed him for what he did for so­ca mu­sic.

"It was awe­some every step of the way bro. You car­ried the joy and love of the art­form in places and cor­ners it wasn't be­fore. We all push­ing to break them walls down and you my friend have made our coun­try and the en­tire so­ca move­ment very proud. This ex­pe­ri­ence has en­cour­aged a gen­er­a­tion to dream big­ger than it has be­fore...and it's on­ly the be­gin­ning. Salute my broth­er," for­mer Groovy So­ca Monarch Kees Di­ef­fen­thaller al­so post­ed.

So­ca leg­end Austin “Su­perblue” Lyons told Year­wood he was proud of him.

This morn­ing Year­wood thanked every­one for the "pos­i­tive en­er­gy."

Reporter: Joel Julien

Source TT Guardian

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