X Factor's Andy Abraham proud to return to work as 'singing binman'

X Factor star Andy Abraham has returned to his job as a binman, explaining he’s been asked for serenades while on the job.

The singer, who came runner-up in 2005 to Shayne Ward and stunned the judges with his audition, has returned to his former job, revealing he’s proud to be helping the community.

Chatting to Metro.co.uk, Andy explained: ‘I’m literally singing out there as I was during the X Factor show. I’m back to being the official singing binman, which is kind of cool. I’m just enjoying keeping my feet on the ground.’

‘People are very, very encouraging, they’re really, really happy to see us,’ he added. ‘I’ve even had people asking me to sing! I have been singing out there and that’s been fun. It kind of makes [people] realise the voice I had back in the day and why they supported me.

‘And they understand that you’ve got to be out there and try to work and keep yourself busy and just be part of the community through this whole crazy, crazy, crazy time.’

Explaining why he chose to return to the refuse industry, Andy said: ‘It’s early mornings, it’s a little bit of helping the community, it’s keeping busy myself, because, as you well know, there is no live work whatsoever out there because of the restrictions.’

He added that the first lockdown was a ‘strain on the brain’ for him, and that returning to a routine has benefited his mental health.

While the pandemic has encouraged people to celebrate key workers who may have previously been overlooked, Andy still feels that people in the refuse industry are somewhat ‘looked down on’ – but he’s hopeful that’s going to change.

Describing the work as ‘vitally important,’ he pointed out: ‘I think we should just be a little more appreciative of guys like that, that go out there.

‘Especially those who do unsociable hours. It has definitely put my feet firmly on the ground and it’s a great little company I’m working for, a lovely family. I very much enjoy the camaraderie.’

Before the lockdown restrictions were brought into effect, Andy and some fellow artists brought a smile to care home residents by performing for them.

‘I was doing this hour-long variety show with some other friends – we’d go out to people who couldn’t necessarily get out to live shows, like care homes and places like that, and we’d do performances for them, which was great,’ he recalled.

‘We know that the care homes have had such a hard time with Covid. But then, because of the restrictions placed on performing, I had to find other work.’

He’s hoping to get back to performing eventually, when the restrictions allow, but in the meantime, is doing what he can to help the community in his job.

‘I try to do what I can!’ he said. ‘As well for my own health, mental state, it’s helped me as well.’

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