X Factor's Stevi Ritchie: "Simon Cowell is a second father to me!"

Published Tuesday, Oct 14 2014, 12:20 BST  |  By and Natasha Rigler  |  Add comment
Stevi Ritchie is definitely making a name for himself on this year's X Factor!

Stevi was brought back into the competition last week by Cheryl Fernandez-Versini after she was asked to pick a wildcard act for Simon Cowell.

X Factor's Stevi Ritchie auditions for Simon Cowell during Judges' Houses - 30 September

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The hapless entertainer is over the moon and has even described his new mentor Simon as a "second father". Aww!

Here, Stevi spills the beans about his time on the ITV1 singing show so far...

How was it coming back into the house as a wildcard?
It was a magical moment. I thought I was out and that was it. I went back to my call centre job and I was happy with that. To be called back was amazeballs! For Cheryl to pick me was just brilliant. I'm going to buy her a box of 12 roses to say thank you.

Are you enjoying having Simon as a mentor?
I think Simon is happy to have me back. He's like a second father to me and I absolutely love the guy. He's fantastic, he makes me laugh and whenever I look at him, my heart just melts. He's got so much power and charisma.

Do you have any crushes on the show?
I love Sarah-Jane [Crawford] from The Xtra Factor. She knows this anyway and Simon is supposed to be setting us up for a meal at the Harvester. Sarah-Jane said she'd go for the free salad bar. But she's got a boyfriend, and I'm not a home wrecker.

Watch Stevi's first live performance here: