T&T soca artiste Olatunji Yearwood has made it through to the next round of the United Kingdom’s X Factor show after delivering a very energetic performance of his hit “Bodyline” on one of the UK’s main competitive stages yesterday.
Yearwood, 33, who was described as a “superstar” and who won the Soca Groovy Monarch/International Soca Monarch in 2015, wowed the judges – Simon Cowell, Louis Tomlinson, Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field – with his energetic performance, which he did in the company of two dancers.
In the intro video leading up to his audition, Yearwood said he loves the UK and has been “coming up and down” since he was 15 years old as he has family there. He indicated that he thought the X Factor was the best stage to promote soca music worldwide. Yearwood ended the brief video clipping with his famous “Tadow” chant.
Giving a “footwork” teaser as he walked out on stage, Yearwood, dressed in a mustard-coloured jacket suit, hyped up the crowd by getting them to chant after him “Whoa…whoa.”
When Bodyline started playing, Yearwood was joined onstage by the two female dancers, who also gave exuberating dance moves that shook their entire bodyline.
Yearwood ended his performance with an “I love you” and received a standing ovation.
Cowell, in delivering the last needed vote, said: “It’s exactly the kind of act I love finding on a show like this…you have 4,500 yeses.”
Yearwood’s success at this first round, which aired live at about 3 pm local time yesterday, quickly went viral on social media with scores of people expressing pride and wishing him all the best in the remainder of the competition.