Calum Scott: 9 amazing facts about the rising singer-songwriter
Calum Scott has emerged as one of the UK's brightest stars in the world of music. Since appearing on Britain's Got Talent in 2015 he has scored huge hits and a massive fanbase. Here's all you need to know about the singer-songwriter.
1. When did Calum Scott audition for Britain's Got Talent?
Calum auditioned for Britain's Got Talent in 2015. He sang Robyn's 'Dancing on My Own' and received a standing ovation. Simon Cowell pressed his Golden Buzzer, sending him straight to the live shows. Cowell said: "I've never ever in all the years I've done this show heard a guy with the talent you've got. Seriously. And the version was sensational, and that shows to me that you're more than a singer, you're an artist and that's why you got that (the buzzer)."
2. Who is Jade Scott?
Before Calum auditioned, his sister Jade also tried out for BGT. However, all the judges gave her 'no' votes and she did not make it through to the semi-finals.
3. His first single 'Dancing on My Own' was a huge hit
Calum released his cover of 'Dancing on My Own' as a single independently on April 15, 2016. It was a sleeper hit, and first hit number 40 in May, despite little radio airplay. It eventually reached number two in August. Soon after, it was certified platinum in the UK, having sold over 600,000 copies.
4. He recorded a duet with Leona Lewis
His second single from debut album 'Only Human' was produced by Grammy Award-winning record producer Fraser T Smith, and was co-written by himself, Corey Sanders and Jon Maguire. In February 2018, he released a new duet version with former X Factor winner Leona Lewis. He said: "Working with Leona was a dream come true. As a fan, I first remember watching her on TV before going on to grace the globe with her incredibly beautiful voice."
5. When is his album released?
Calum released his debut album 'Only Human' on March 9, 2018. All the songs are co-written by Calum (apart from 'Dancing On My Own'). It also features the single 'Rhythm Inside'.
6. What is Calum Scott's net worth?
Calum is estimated to be worth $2 million (£1.4 million).
7. How old is Calum Scott?
Calum was born on October 12, 1988. As of March 2018 he is 29 years old.
8. Is Calum Scott gay?
Calum is openly gay, and revealed to Attitude magazine in 2016 that he became more open about his sexuality as his fame grew. He said: "I would like to write a song that inspires people to be themselves. I went through a rough period when I was younger with my friends when I tried to talk to them about it. It makes me worried when I talk about myself and who I am, because I feel like I'm going to lose people. For me, that's always stopped me from talking to people about it."
9. He used to be in a Maroon 5 tribute band
Before finding solo fame, he fronted a Maroon 5 tribute band, the Maroon 4, and they toured around the UK. In 2014, he formed the electronic duo, The Experiment, with John McIntyre. The duo performed on Good Morning Britain but later broke up.