Hopes are growing that Lanark might soon be able to boast its very own X Factor-winning superstars in the form of the Cutkelvins after the family trio made it through to the ITV competition’s final stages at the weekend.
The group, consisting of Shereen Cutkelvin, 20, and her big brothers Jay, 23, and Kyle, 24, are now one of the final 12 acts in this year’s 14th annual season of the talent show that first brought the likes of Leona Lewis and Little Mix to national and international attention.
After successfully making it through to the next stage, the group sent a message of thanks to all their fans who sent their congratulations through social media, stating that their support was inspiring them through the marathon contest while recognising that there is still a long way to go in their quest to emerge as 2017’s winners.
Bookmaker William Hill now quotes their chances of becoming victors at 12/1, making them fifth favourites after fellow finalists Grace Davies at 9/4, Holly Tandy at 4/1, Rak-Su at 5/1 and Sean and Conor Price at 7/1.
The Cutkelvins have already been singled out for special praise by this year’s X Factor groups section mentor Simon Cowell, who hinted after an initial round that the trio was just the kind of act he’d consider signing to his own hit machine label.
As the series goes on, the decision to form the Cutkelvins after Shereen enjoyed success in an earlier band, Neon Jungle, seems an increaingly inspired one.
Before splitting, Neon Jungle scored top 10 hits in both the singles and album charts but Shereen decided her future lay with performing with her elder brothers.
It now seems increasingly likely that she is about to enjoy her second taste of stardom –and all this while still at the tender age of 20.
As the Cutkelvins progress through the final stages of The X Factor, they know that they have all of Lanark, plus an ever-growing army of fans nationwide, cheering them on.