London 2012 medallist had another career

Louis Smith has revealed that he once got to the fourth round on The X Factor, the show that his good pal Aston Merrygold from JLS nearly won.

The gymnast, who picked up 2 medals in the London 2012 Olympic Games, loves to sing and auditioned for the show in 2009, the year after his childhood friend Aston came second with JLS.

It was a bit of fun,’ says Louis, 23.

I had to make a decision when I was 8 and got offered a scholarship in singing either to do that full time or carry on with gym. I chose gym.’

Louis grew up with fellow singer Aston, 24, in Peterborough and he reveals that the JLS star was recently so engrossed with watching his friend in the Olympics that he nearly missed a flight to the US.

His driver was waiting to pick him up,’ Louis tells The Sun.

He said he wouldn’t leave until I did my performance on the pommel horse.’

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