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Mastin mania hits Perth
Mastin mania hits Perth

Ahead of his first almost sold out national tour, which kicks off in Sydney on Saturday, X Factor winner Reece Mastin performed for thousands of screaming fans at Westfield Carousel today.

The 17-year-old British-born, South Australian-raised rocker belted out tunes from his self-titled debut album along with his smash-hit platinum selling single, Good Night.

Mastin said he was excited to be in Perth for the first time and even though there were no fainting fans like a recent Sydney in store appearance, he was impressed by the crowd's enthusiasm.

"It has been good - actually it has been better because I haven't had anyone pass out, so it is a bit of a bonus," he said.

While some winners and finalists of Australian reality TV talent competitions quickly fade into obscurity, Mastin looks like he won't have to worry for a while yet.

His album, which was released last Friday, is tipped to hit the top of the charts next week and his first Perth concert on January 27 at the Burswood Theatre has already sold out, leading promoters to add a second date.

Mastin will now play another show at 2.40pm on January 26, with tickets on sale now through Ticketek.

"We are selling out everywhere, which is awesome and live shows are my favourite so we are going to have so much fun over the next couple of months," he said.

The tour will see Mastin and Perth's X Factor grand finalist Johnny Ruffo team up again. The pair will catch up tonight, with Ruffo showing Mastin around Perth before he has to fly out to continue his promotional duties.

"It is a shame I have to love it and leave it so quickly," Mastin said.

Ruffo, who has been working hard in a Northbridge studio ahead of the tour, said his first single, which is set for a mid-January release, would debut live at the Perth concerts.

The West Australian

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