Local singer Jeff Gutt has another chance to show he has “The X Factor.”
On Wednesday’s episode of the Fox singing competition, the 37-year-old single father graduated to this year’s finals, becoming one of four singers in the Over 25s category to earn the stamp of approval of mentor Kelly Rowland.
Gutt (pronounced like “boot”), who is billed from Detroit, also competed on last year’s “X Factor” but was cut before making it to the live shows.
He earned his keep Wednesday with his rendition of “Amazing Grace,” which caused judge Paulina Rubio to compliment his will and Demi Lovato to remark how far he’d come since last season. Simon Cowell told Gutt that singers like him are the reason he wouldn’t do a talent competition with an upper age limit. “If you’ve got it, you’ve got it. It doesn’t matter how old you are,” Cowell told him, before calling his performance the evening’s best.
Joining Gutt in the Over 25s category are Rachel Potter, a 29-year-old bartender from Nashville; James Kenney, a 36-year-old apartment manager from Portland, Ore.; and Lillie McCloud, a 54-year-old grandmother from Orlando whose previous singing experience — she recorded as Nicole McCloud in the 1980s and ’90s — has caused controversy online.
Gutt goes on to perform during the “X Factor’s” live shows, which will likely begin airing Oct. 16. He is set to perform at Fifth Avenue in Royal Oak on Oct. 10.