Derane was mentored by Sharon Osbourne as part of the over 25s category.
Keep It in the Family, 21st August 2005
The search for a new star on TV talent show X Factor with the news that a contestant with proven heritage is in the running.
Derane Obika, 28, will be seen wowing judges Sharon Osbourne, Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell with his silky, melodic vocals.
And who is he exactly? He’s the older brother of r’n'b star and former TV talent trek contestant, Lemar.
While the brothers used to sing in their lounge, pretending to be the Jacksons when they were kids, it was Lemar who became the successful pop star following his appearance on the BBC’s Fame Academy.
However, Derane’s performance for the judges indicates that his younger brother may soon have to contend with a new name on the scene.
After his performance, the judges tell him he’s “got what it takes”, before he eases through to the second round, reports the Sunday Mirror.
Derane is one of 75,000 people who have auditioned for show, which is as much about the music as it is about the squabbling and conniving between the judges.
massive public demand bookmakers William Hill have made Derane
Obika their 3/1 hot favourite to win the second series of the
'X Factor'. William Hills spokesman Rupert Adams said: "The
response we have had to Derane has been overwhelming, at this
early stage we are still a long way from finding out whether
he will make the final nine but already punters feel that he
will be the winner and are backing him even at the very short