Stirling X Factor hopeful Scott Ritchie has admitted he is flattered by comparisons to Richard Gere from the show’s own “pretty women”.
Stirling X Factor hopeful Scott Ritchie has admitted he is flattered by comparisons with a young Richard Gere, from the show’s own “pretty women”.
The singer songwriter, whose group Times Red is through to this weekend’s judges' houses round, was singled out as a dead ringer for the Officer and a Gentleman star in his audition by judge Tulisa Contostavlos.
Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, who appeared smitten with the Scot, said she too spotted the likeness to a young Gere.
Former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger then pointed out the remarkable resemblance after the group performed at Boot Camp, adding: “He’s cute -- he does look like Richard Gere.”
Scott (26) revealed friends back home spotted the resemblance years ago, however.
He said: “It’s really quite flattering people saying that I look like Richard Gere. My mates in Scotland have been saying it for years and now Nicole and Tulissa are on the case – very strange haha.”
Scott admitted he is more interested in music and how he and bandmates Staz Nair (20) and Luke White (25) sound ahead of judges houses round.
Posting on Facebook, he added: “Hope you guys still judge us on our music though! Cos that’s all we care about!! Love u all x”.
Childhood friend and fellow singer Kevin Maclean, from Kinross, said: “I’ve been telling Scott he looks like Richard Gere for years. Now Tulisa’s spotted it everyone takes notice.”
Times Red fan Laura Bakewell, posted on Facebook: “U can take pride in the knowledge that it definitely is ur music that people take note of, n u guys r rather special.”
Multi-talented Scott, who plays guitar and is Times Red’s songwriter, has attracted the attention of female judges since the group’s first audition in Liverpool.
The group sailed through with their version of Amy Winehouse’s Rehab.
Take That star Gary Barlow said: “I thought it was a great audition, well done. It was innovative, creative, musical. I think there’s something really special in here.”
At Boot Camp they performed a version of Ain’t Nobody, including rapping, beat-boxing and singing.
Despite a standing ovation Times Red appeared to have been eliminated, but this week X Factor producers confirmed Times Red and another group Union J were back in the competition after another group, Rough Copy, were forced to quit for visa reasons.They are among seven groups selected for the judges house stage, to be shown this weekend.