X FACTOR contestent and Castleblayney native Randy Roxx, who made headlines after he was stitched up by the popular ITV show, has told the paper that he has been the victim of a racist attack.
Speaking to the Monaghan Democrat from Spain, Randy, real name Gerard Martin Byrne, says that he and his wife were targeted by racists who slashed the tyres of his car at a location north of Madrid.
“Afer getting the ferry to Santander, we had to travel by car with all our belongings to Benidorm. We stopped at a service station and a few miles down the road we realised the tyre was flat.”
When they got out to change the tyre the couple realised that the tyre had been slashed.
“An English guy came down the road and stopped to help us. He told us that there had been a number of similar attacks on foreigners.
“It was a real shock. Usually as an Irish person you’d expect to be welcomed around the world. We then had to sleep in the front seats of the car because we were too afraid to lose it as all our belongings were in it. ”
It’s been a roller coaster few weeks for the performer who received huge support from the Irish public after he was humiliated on air when performing on the X Factor. He alleges that the producers of the show had edited his performance to make it look as if the he had cleared the arena. Randy now says that he will “not rest” until Louis Walsh apologises to him.
“We sat down to watch the show and my wife and myself were gutted by what we saw. They had edited it to look like I cleared the arena.
“The comments from Louis Walsh and Kelly Rolland were really ignorant. They told me that I was exactly what the show didn’t need. Gary Barlow was the only one to say something positive and they edited him out.
“They destroyed me and tried to ruin my livlihood.
“The show is vicitmising people and there are gullible people out there who don’t realise what these programmes are doing and how they are using vulnerable people.”
Much of Randy’s anger is directed at pint sized music mogul Louis Walsh, who he feels was particularly distasteful in his comments. “I didn’t expect him to do that, least of all to a fellow countryman.”
Yet vindication was around the corner for the Castleblayney man, who was made unemployed when his father’s company, Castleblayney Steel, closed down. He contacted Ryan Tubridy and from there put in a star turn on The Late Late Show, where no one was left in doubt as to his abilities as a performer.
“The response from the people of Ireland has been overwhelming and has left my wife and I in tears at times. I will always be indebted to them.”