Beat boxers Duke loving their time on X Factor
BEAT boxers Duke have secured 2,000 new Twitter followers within two hours of appearing on X Factor.
The three Cheltenham performers appeared on the ITV show on Sunday night and made it through to the show's boot camp round with their modern take on Seal's Kiss From A Rose.
Meanwhile the Cheltenham beatboxers have just picked up another high profile fan - Chris Martin from Coldplay.
The frontman watched a performance featuring Duke and rapper Tanya Lacey on Youtube.
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Tweeting from the @Coldplay account Chris Martin said: "I got home and saw this and I love it.CM"
Now the trip hope that the exposure on the talent show will see them play to larger audiences in the future.
Their audition at the O2 Arena in London received a standing ovation from the 8,000-strong crowd and the nod through to the next round from all the judges.
Ed Travers, Marko Pandazis and Flynn Stronach have been playing around Cheltenham for around six years.
Ed, 26, said a change in the show's rules led the group to the final audition for the show.
The former student of Bournside said: "You have never been able to go on X Factor with instruments or management, so we were not really bothered by the competition before.
"But when we found out the rules had changed, we knew it would be a good platform to get our music heard – it is something that can either make or break you.
"We never thought we would do well because of the kind of band we are. We were just aiming for a good audition and to get on television and to get our faces out there."
The band's plan was successful. After the show aired, Twitter feed @dukeofficial gained hundreds more Twitter fans and now the boys have more than 2,900 followers.
Ed added: "The audition is probably the only performance we have ever been nervous for.
"When you see it on television it does not show what the atmosphere was really like."
Duke was formed around six years ago when Flynn, 38, of Leckhampton, organised open mic nights in Cheltenham.
Ed saw him playing with 31-year-old Marko, who moved to Cheltenham 12 years ago to open Greek restaurant The Athens Greek Taverna in Clarence Parade with his father Nick.
The restaurant closed in 2004 and is now the Spice Exchange.
Ed said as soon as he heard the pair beat boxing he wanted to join them.
The Duke trio are full-time musicians and have previously played at Coleen Rooney's parties and a season entertaining party-goers in Ibiza.
They play on Sunday nights at Yates and Thirteen Degrees nightclub.
Ed said: "The show has reminded a lot of people that we still exist and we have had a lot of old faces come back to watch us."