ALTHOUGH Harrow's newest singing sensation, Johnny Robinson, was voted off the X-Factor last week he is optimistic about the future and grateful to his fans in North West London.
Johnny, who has spent the last five weeks surprising audiences with his vocal talents, said he has waited his whole life for a chance like this: "I was never a professional and was never trained, but I have been singing since I was five or six. I have always loved singing as music touches everyone, a certain song has a meaning for a particular part of your life."
The 45-year-old, who admits he is "not a hunk" but is having meetings to discuss releasing an album said he was overwhelmed by the amount of public support he received: "I did my best for Harrow, I had lots of community support from the local people which I am really grateful for. It is great they all got behind me it was very touching. It was very lovely to have the opportunity to do it and I did my best, I am very grateful for those who got behind me and voted as well."
Even though he has been living in a huge house in Hertfordshire for the show he returned to his bedsit in West Harrow on Monday night and is happy with his life: "It's not as if I am going to leave and get a big mansion, I wouldn't want one, I'd maybe have a slightly bigger place so I can have a little pug dog, I'd love one of those."
Everyone on the show was always saying what a lovely man Johnny was and he said the experience had not changed him at all. The performer, who sang Unchained Melody in the sing-off against Kitty Brucknell on Sunday and was voted off unanimously by the judges, said: "I feel the same as I felt as when I went in. I woke up this morning in my little bed sit and asked myself 'was that all a dream?'. It is very strange that you wake up and people are ringing up but I am so lucky to have been on that show and hopefully something good will come out of it."
Johnny has been unemployed for a number of years and moved to Harrow more than 18 years ago. He used to work in care homes across the borough as a catering manager, but would often entertain the residents with old songs.
He said: "I have never been an artist, I am an entertainer, I just want to put a smile on people's faces and it's wonderful that people have accepted me for me, it's very gracious."
The former Kenton resident, whose family live in Henley-on-Thames, is in discussions about releasing an album inspired by torch or jazz music but nothing has been decided yet.
Johnny celebrated the end of his X-Factor experience with a bottle of lemonade and lime cordial with the other contestants on Sunday and insists he is still just an ordinary person: "I was just very, very lucky, I got to walk away from the X-Factor with the support of the public and the local people and I want to say a big, big thank you to them. It is really heart-warming and touching."