VIDEO: Ruskington-based X Factor star's amazing journey
A freak injury led to X Factor contestant Hugh Maynard spending two years in a Lincolnshire community.
The former West End star, 38, was working in Miami when he tore his Achilles tendon, and following surgery was sent to recuperate at his cousin's home in Ruskington, near Sleaford.
He is now wowing the show's judges as one-sixth of rock vocal group Tenors of Rock.
Hugh, who was born in Birmingham and has also lived in Australia, threw himself into voluntary work during his time in the county alongside his cousin Barbara Simpson, a Lincolnshire County Council children's services worker.
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He helped out with local causes including Women's Aid and Silks, a charity for children with sensory disabilities, and even re-launched his music career by performing solo in a Sleaford restaurant.
"My time here has been a life saver - the area is flat so I've been able to train and get back to full fitness, and the people here are so friendly.
"I loaned my voice to Number 20, an Italian restaurant on Southgate, to entertain diners while I was injured and out of work. I wanted to bring live music to the area as a lot of local venues and shops have closed due to the recession."
The Luther Vandross sound-a-like has starred in West End musicals Sister Act and Jesus Christ Superstar, and also entered the X Factor as a solo artist in 2006, reaching the Judges' Houses stage as a protege of Sharon Osbourne.
"I've been very lucky and this is my last chance to make it so I don't have to back to a 9-till-5 job. I believe in the group and we've had great feedback - it's just whether the public want to buy our music."
Click the link below to watch Hugh perform:-