Who is Benji Matthews? X Factor 2017 contestant from Cornwall who is inspired by Whitney Houston

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BENJI Matthews is a contestant on The X Factor 2017 who has made it to boot camp.

Here’s the lowdown on the teenager from Cornwall and what inspired him to start singing…

 Benji Matthews sings his heart out on The X Factor

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Benji Matthews sings his heart out on The X Factor

Who is Benji Matthews?

Benji Matthews, 17, is a talented singer appearing on this year’s series of The X Factor.

The sweet and shy lad made a hesitant entrance onto the audition stage – even admitting to the judges he had a “really annoying nervous giggle” and standing in the wrong spot.

He did manage to bond with Simon though by chatting about Truro, the picturesque town where the baby-faced singer is from.

“I was trying to get in there literally this weekend just gone, and there is not a single hotel room available,” Simon tells Benji.

“But it is nice down there, right?”

“It’s wonderful,” Sharon Osborne interjects before Benji had a chance to answer.

The inspiration behind Benji’s music is legendary singer Whitney Houston – whose death in 2012 sparked his singing passion.

 Benji admitted to the judges he has a nervous giggle some find annoying

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Benji admitted to the judges he has a nervous giggle some find annoying

When is The X Factor 2017 on ITV and who are the judges?

After launching on September 2, X Factor 2017 will continue at 8pm every Saturday and Sunday on ITV.

The show begins, as always, with auditions as the nationwide hunt to find this year’s winning act begins.

Despite heavy speculation of a judging shake up, the panel will be remaining exactly the same as last year.

This means Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne will hold the hopefuls’ fates in their hands.

 The panel - including boss Simon Cowell

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The panel – including boss Simon Cowell

Alisha Dixon is also appearing for certain audition shows, having stepped in as a guest judge when Sharon and Nicole were unable to attend.

It’s the first time in seven years that X Factor bosses have kept the same judging panel as the year before.

A source said: “The ­chemistry was perfect last year, so it’s only natural to want to bring the same line-up together again.”

Dermot O’Leary will be returning to hosting duties after making his big comeback to the show last year.

Benji Matthews overcomes his nerves to charm the X Factor Judges with Alicia Key’s If I Ain’t Got You

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