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Reggie N Bollie: Can they win the X Factor?

HEARTFELT: Afrobeat stars Reggie and Bollie have been embraced by the British public

AFTER SAILING through four weeks of live shows, X Factor underdogs Reggie N Bollie look like they’re on track to bolt right into the finals of the ITV talent competition.

First appearing as Menn on Poinnt at their audition Reggie, 31 and Bollie, 29, wowed judges with their original song and have since leapt every hurdle to win over the British public.

“It’s just an amazing feeling,” said Reggie. “The fact that we can take what we do, represent Ghana and people are receiving it and supporting us is more than we imagined.”

If you’re a fan of the hip-life or Afrobeat genre, you may be familiar with the pair as solo acts, notably Bollie’s 2003 single You May Kiss Your Bride which remains a popular choice at West African weddings.

On Bollie’s decision to partner with Reggie, he explained: “He is someone who, even right back in Ghana, I admired his talent and I really loved him so doing this together with him, it doesn’t come as hard work at all because we both respect each other as individual artists.”

With fans including singer Jess Glynne and former X Factor runner-up Fleur East, the duo are flying high, but as Reggie revealed on the last results show, it hasn’t always been smooth sailing.

Sharing that just a year ago he had battled with depression, the father-of-three opened up to The Voice about the challenges he faced after moving to the UK from Ghana.

Reggie said: “As a family man before moving to the UK I was active in Ghana, I was performing but I came to a point where I had to decide whether I was going to be a full time family man or do music. I chose my family because they come first, and coming here that meant I couldn’t do music full-time, I had to pick up a normal day job while doing music when I could and that’s when me and Bollie came together.”

When things failed to pick up, the then struggling artist reveals that he became depressed and feared he wouldn’t be able to provide for his family.

“When you’ve got three kids, you want to make sure that you are able to provide for them and when you are doing all that you can, humanly possible and you don’t see headway it begins to get to you.”

His revelation on live TV was unplanned, but the artist insists he felt compelled to share his past battle in the hopes of encouraging others to reach out for help.

Turning to therapy as recommended by his doctor, the X Factor talent is keen to continue to share the message beyond the show.

“When the show is over, we want to launch a charity that helps people with depression because its not an easy thing to experience and sometimes a lot of people will tell you ‘be a man, be strong’ but unless you’ve been through it, you don’t know what it feels like,” continued Reggie.

The Ghanaian pair whose high-energy and colourful performances have brought Azonto – a popular Africa dance move – to prime time television has even taught their mentor Cheryl Fernandez-Versini some moves.

On the X Factor judge Bollie said: “She’s such a lovely person, she’s taken us in like her brothers and we can talk to her with no pressure. We have this thing we call our ‘vibing session’ that’s where our Azonto moves come in, we talk, share ideas and it’s not just about the music. You just feel at home when you’re with her.”

Ahead of this week’s live show, the pair promise to deliver another exciting show but also teased at a surprise, as the acts will perform two songs.

“This weekend we are going to do something different and we can’t wait,” said Reggie.

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