Calum Scott (born 12 October 1988, Kingston upon Hull, England) is an English singer and songwriter, once only popular in his local city, he came to worldwide attention when he appeared as a contestant on the television programme Britain's Got Talent in 2015. He subsequently released his ballad/soul version of "Dancing On My Own" as a single and it has reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the first solo singer from Hull to have a UK Top 40 single since Ronnie Hilton in the 1960s.
2011–2014: Early career
Scott began singing in 2011 and won a local competition, Hull Daily Mail's Star search 2013, after which he joined a Maroon 5 tribute band, called 'Maroon 4'. The band played gigs around the UK from 2014. Scott also formed half of the duo "The Experiment" with John McIntyre from 2012. Their debut track "Girl (You're Beautiful)" was released in September 2014.
2015: Britain's Got Talent
On 11 April 2015, Calum's audition for the ninth series of Britain's Got Talent was broadcast on ITV. He performed a cover of Robyn's "Dancing on My Own". Following a standing ovation from the judging panel, Simon Cowell pressed the Golden Buzzer giving Scott an automatic place in the live shows. Explaining his decision to send Scott straight to the semi-finals, Cowell said: "I've never ever in all the years I've done this show heard a guy with the talent you've got. Seriously. And the version was sensational, which shows to me that you're more than a singer, you're an artist and that's why you got that (the buzzer)." After this audition, Scott received support from stars such as Little Mix, Ne-Yo and Ashton Kutcher. Following his appearance on the show's first episode, his Twitter followers jumped from 400 to over 25,000 followers. The audition has been viewed over 70 million times on YouTube.
In the semi-final on 29 May, Scott performed 'We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off' by Jermaine Stewart. Cowell commented "You really sound like a recording artist", whilst David Walliams suggested that he could have "success around the world". He won the semi final with 25.6% of the vote, sending him straight through to the final.
In the final on 31 May, Scott performed "Diamonds" by Rihanna and finished 6th out of 12 contestants with 8.2% of the vote.
2016: Record deal
Scott released his cover of "Dancing on My Own" independently in March 2016. It became a sleeper hit, first hitting #40 in the charts in May, despite little radio airplay apart from on West Hull FM, it climbed into the Top 40 and slowly reached number 4 in July, it was then added to Radio 2's "C List" and reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart on 6 August. In July 2016, it was certified gold in the UK, having sold over 400,000 copies. Scott announced on Twitter on 24 May that he had signed a record deal with Capitol Records.