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Gym-goers back Team Adil

Goodlife Gym staff Aaron Breed, Tom Bond, Brenden Clark, Lauren Bond and Leighton Herbert show their support for gym member and X Factor sensation Adil Memon.
Goodlife Gym staff Aaron Breed, Tom Bond, Brenden Clark, Lauren Bond and Leighton Herbert show their support for gym member and X Factor sensation Adil Memon. Claudia Baxter

ADIL Memon is facing his biggest challenge yet on The X Factor this week, but staff at his regular gym are confident he has the X-factor.

Staff at Goodlife Health Club Ipswich believe the teen lifeguard deserves to go far, and have decorated the club with posters in support of Adil.

Adil, who has lived in Ipswich for many years and attended Ipswich Grammar School, was clearly feeling more pressure to perform on last night's episode of The X Factor.

His nerves set in again on the first day of his time in New York with the rest of the under 25 boys contestants.

Adil was initially ecstatic about the home visits announcement.

"There's been a lot of anticipation and it's been a big moment for all of us," he said.

The group was paired with judge and mentor ex-Spice Girl Mel B for the rest of the show, and will perform in front of a celebrity guest judge tonight.

However, Adil's exhilaration was quickly swapped with anxiety when it came to rehearsal time.

"I'm definitely feeling pressure at the moment, I'm on the verge of making my dreams come true," he said.

"I don't want to stuff it up with nerves."

Adil rehearsed in front of Mel B, who was concerned about his continuing pre-performance nerves.

Mel B suggested he "get some meditation or breathing" to calm himself down.

She said Adil "freaks out about freaking out and then he freaks out even more and it's just one big freak out."

Goodlife staff said they backed Adil's quest for fame wholly.

"He's been a regular since Christmas at the gym and he has a lot of dedication," receptionist Lauren Bond said.

"Adil comes here to work out almost every night and last time he was in he was already signing autographs. He was actually quite a shy guy so it's been good to see him come out of his shell on TV."

Club general manager Brenden Clark put Adil's famous abs down to clean eating, discipline and dedication at the gym.

Topics:  goodlife health club x factor



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