Barry Southgate (NSW)

X Factor

About Barry Southgate (NSW)

Barry Southgate was a 30 year-old contestant from Kellyville, New South Wales who auditioned for The X Factor singing "Let's Stay Together" by Al Green. Southgate stated that his second mother Audrey Phillips, who had terminal cancer at the time, inspired him to audition. Southgate is of African, English, German and Indonesian descent. He was born in Cape Town, South Africa and moved to New Zealand, with his parents and two younger brothers, during his teenage years.

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In 2003, Southgate moved to Sydney as part of the singing and dancing group Jireh. The group disbanded in 2004, and later that year Southgate was a top 30 finalist on the second season of Australian Idol. In 2012, he auditioned for the first season of The Voice Australia, and appeared in the musical film The Sapphires as a singing sailor. Southgate cites Boyz II Men, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Richard Marx, Brian McKnight, Justin Timberlake and Stevie Wonder as his musical influences. Prior to entering The X Factor, he was a vocal teacher and performed as an opening act for Joe, Eric Benét, Brian McKnight and Tinie Tempah. Southgate landed in the final showdown in week one with Adira-Belle after receiving the fewest public votes, but was saved by Keating, Minogue and Redfoo. Southgate was in the final showdown again in week three with JTR and was eventually eliminated from the competition after Keating, Bassingthwaighte and Redfoo chose to save JTR.

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