X Factor's Nate Simpson performs in Slough town centre

James Hockaday

Thousands of people cheered on Slough born X Factor contestant Nate Simpson and Australian Idol winner Natalie Gauci who performed in Slough town square on Saturday.

The pair sang a mix of pop, blues, soul and jazz and did an impromptu duet of the Ray Charles hit Georgia On My Mind.

The show was organised by Slough based youth music charity SWIPE as part of Home Slough, an Arts Council England funded project aiming to revitalise arts in the town.

One of SWIPE's directors Jamie Green said: "It's been amazing, they [Nate and Natalie] absolutely smashed it.

"People have been raving on about Nate's voice.

"He's honed his art and worked very hard over the years and he really deserves this run."

Nate said: "Natalie was amazing, she has the most beautiful voice. It was an honour to share the stage with someone like that."

The 23-year-old, who passed the ‘six chair’ stage of the X Factor on Saturday night, got into music through SWIPE, who he now continues to work for.

The former Desborough College student added: "I entered the X Factor so my audience would increase and I think straight away it has massively, people recognise me in the street.

"I obviously did it for the music and it's amazing to have the audience now because of the platform."

Midway through one of Nate's songs, a flash mob of 85 dancers from Slough dance school Creative Academy performed a variety of styles from Bhangra to street dance to celebrate Slough's diversity.

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