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Glo X Factor has made me a better artiste -Pheel

By The Citizen


26-year-old Philip Otuya, whose stage name is Pheel, says his participation in X Factor singing reality show has prepared him to become a well rounded artiste.

Pheel spoke during a homecoming reception held for him at his parents' house in Isolo, Lagos, last week, after he was eliminated from the show. He paid tribute to Glo for providing a unique platform like X Factor for him and other talented Nigerians to pursue their music career.

'I am delighted to have participated in X Factor courtesy of Glo. It has made me a better singer, a better performer, a better dancer. I am now a better artiste than I was before I went into the show, and I believe that even though I didn't win the competition, the sky is my limit,' he noted.

Pheel's elimination from the show meant a female act would be crowned the first African X Factor winner on Saturday, September 21, as all the male acts had earlier dropped out of the show.

His parents, Engineer Sunday and Bishop Priscilla Otuya, thanked Globacom for giving their son the opportunity to show the world what he could do.

'I want to appreciate Glo for this wonderful experience. There are thousands of Nigerians who are looking for a platform like X Factor to showcase their talents. Globacom has made it possible for them by bringing the show to Nigeria. Pheel is a very talented and hard working young man. What he needed was a platform like this to help him shine out. And I am sure this is just the beginning for him,' Bishop Otuya said.

'We are happy that Pheel made the last five out of thousands of people who auditioned for the show. Even though we would have wanted him to win the final prize, we are satisfied with the progress he made in the competition. We believe the entertainment world will hear more about him,' Engineer Otuya added.

Pheel hails from Kwale, Delta state, and studied industrial relations and personnel management at the University of Lagos. He started singing at the age of 9 in the Church choir, and did his first recording in 2006.