Adil a hit on X Factor and Twitter

IPSWICH'S Adil Memon has become a Twitter sensation, after landing a spot in The X Factor's Top 24.

Fans jumped online after the episode to show their support, and the phrases "#TeamAdil" and "Adil" quickly became some of the most Tweeted in Australia.

The teen has more than 9000 followers and his fan base is growing rapidly.

Adil, who attended the University of Queensland and worked as a pool lifeguard before appearing on the show, said his online fame came as a surprise.

"I didn't think I had that much of a following," the 17-year-old said. "I've done promo things around Brisbane, and each concert gets more hectic, but seeing my name on the top of the list (Twitter) and above the other X Factor contestants was amazing."

"I'm in my element, it's great.

"People are even starting to notice me when I'm walking on the street."

Twitter users praised everything from Adil's voice to his looks, with many likening him to an "Australian version of Zayn (Malik)," a member of famous boy band One Direction.

Adil said the comparison was both flattering and amusing.

"I think it's pretty funny, but I don't really know how to react," he said. "Obviously those guys are great at what they do and I'd love to develop myself to that sort of level, but I still want to keep my individuality.

Twitter shows a clear overlap between One Direction and Adil Memon fans.

Adil said he had also received Tweets from Ipswich supporters and felt the community was behind him.

"I haven't had much time at home, but it's great to have support and I think Ipswich is a really proud community," he said.

The teen told The Queensland Times he was tired and blamed his growing Twitter addiction.

"I do it (Twitter) all myself," he said.

"I love it.

"The only thing is that it's made me physically tired - I've been staying up till 1am the past few nights.

"On Wednesday night it went crazy and I was reading heaps of Tweets and trying to help get the word out there."

Topics:  singer, twitter, x factor



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