Danyl Johnson Biography
In week nine He sang: "Man in the Mirror" and "I Have Nothing". He performed again "Man in the Mirror", as a final farewell after being voted out of the competition.
In week eight Danyl sang: "Relight My Fire" (Dan Hartman) and "Your Song" (Elton John/Moulin Rouge arrangement).
In week seven he sang: "Careless Whisper".
In week six Danyl sang: "We Are the Champions".
In week five he sang: "Purple Rain" (Prince).
In week four Danyl Johnson sang: "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (Aerosmith)
In week three he sang: "Feeling Good" (from The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd).
In the Second Week he sang: "I Didn't Know My Own Strength".
In the first week he sang: "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going".
Danyl Johnson, 27, is from Arborfield, near Reading, Berkshire. He works as a dance and drama teacher, having taught at three stage schools, including the Southcote-based renowned stage school Starmaker and School of the Arts (SOTA) in Windsor.
Johnson was previously a member in two boy bands, Upfrunt and StreetLevel. StreetLevel disbanded when Danyl left in 2006 to audition for The X Factor's third series, but he failed to make it past the early stages and did not get to audition for the judges. Johnson is also member of the band Empty Spaces, but he was forced to put the project on hold because his bandmate Nick Burrage did not want to be involved in The X Factor.
At the auditions in 2009, Simon Cowell described his performance of "With a Little Help From My Friends" by The Beatles as "the best first audition I have ever seen." Johnson came out as bisexual in August 2009 in the national press, fearing kiss-and-tell stories. Following his performance of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" in the first live show, judge Dannii Minogue said, "If we're to believe what we read in the papers, there was no need to change the gender reference" causing outrage amongst viewers. Minogue later apologised for any offence caused.