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X Factor's Danyl Johnson's next stop could be Reading!
By Emma Midgley
BBC Berkshire Reporter

Janine and Danyl
Janine said that Danyl being in the X Factor was a 'surreal experience'

X factor sensation Danyl Johnson could play a small gig in Reading now he is out of the talent competition, his sister says.

Janine revealed all while talking to BBC Berkshire's Andrew Peach the day after Danyl crashed out of the X Factor, failing to reach the final.

"There were big rumours about him doing a little performance in Reading once he gets through," said Janine.

"I told him about that and he said that he'd love to do it."

"I think he's really happy to be coming home for Christmas, he's fine, he's really chuffed for the other three," she added.

Janine said that Danyl, who comes from Arborfield near Reading had suffered at the hands of the press.

The bad press has been horrific. It has been absolutely hell," she said.

"There's nothing you can do about that, and if people did want to believe what they read that's completely up to them."

Despite being plunged into gloom by her brother's untimely exit from X Factor, Janine has racked up a number of great experiences during the competition, including meeting Simon Cowell.

"It has been a surreal experience," she said.

"He [Simon Cowell] has the softest skin in the world.

"He said what a fantastic guy Danyl was, and gave us a kiss and a cuddle."

Teacher Danyl also has huge support from the children and parents who know him from Mo's Dance and Drama School in Caversham.

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Jude Chapman, who works at Dancia International, has a daughter Ellie who was taught by Danyl Johnson before he became an X Factor contestant.

She said: "I was really surprised. I told everybody I was sure he was going through. We had a huge gathering of people last night, and it was a good atmosphere, so we could commiserate together.

"He's had a really tough time, I think," she said. "It's been quite a hard lesson for the kids to learn. They know someone completely different to what's been portrayed in the press.

Ellie Chapman, 12, said she was 'gutted'.

"Hopefully he might come back to see us," she said.

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