Hundreds of screaming fans yesterday greeted Motherwell X-Factor star Nicky McDonald on his return to Scotland.
The 17-year-old singing sensation held his first ever album signing at Glasgow’s HMV on Buchanan Street and proudly declared - “there’s no place like home”.
Around 450 fans braved the lashing rain and queued for several hours to meet the talent show star who released his debut record In The Arms of an Angel on Monday and was signing copies of the album.
The album features a number of fan favourites and contemporary covers, and Nicky is pleased with how well it has been received so far.
He said: “It’s going really strong.
“Everyone likes the original stuff and the covers so we’re all really happy. As long as my fans are happy then I’m happy.
“It’s great to be home and to get back to my own bed as living in hotels and sleeping in buses is okay - but there’s never anywhere like home.”
Superfan Yasmin Doig (16), from Glasgow, waited with pals outside the store from 9am to make sure she was first in line.
She said: “We all ditched school because we love him and he’s really beautiful.
“It’s the best album of the year so far in my view.”
Nicky, who finished runner-up on the X-Factor, insisted he has no plans for romance just yet - despite the wacky efforts of his female-dominated fanbase.
He said: “I’ve not got the time because I’m so busy but hopefully in the future - you never know what might happen.”
But while he remains level-headed over the potential trappings of fame he admitted that he had splashed out on one recent present for himself - a new KTM 350 dirt bike.
He said: “I bought a bike. I saw it and I was like “I really like that” so I went and bought it.”
There was more good news for Nicky last weekend when ‘In The Arms Of An Angel’ went straight into the UK album charts at nunber six in its first week of release.