Millions had a chance to watch Seattle waiter Phillip Lomax strut his stuff last night on the X Factor, doing a Frank Sinatra impersonation with a hat to match. Thanks to his 1000-watt smile and enough confidence to light the Space Needle at night, Simon Cowell and company were convinced that X marked the spot — at least as far as the preliminaries go. “There is an issue with your voice when you push it,” Simon told him, “but you’re interesting, I like you.”
I like him too. Why? Because, like many students from Cornish College of the Arts who moonlight at night at the tiny Thomas Street Bistro on Capitol Hill, the 21-year-old didn’t miss a beat at a birthday bash I attended on Bastille Day. In addition to waiting tables, he snapped his fingers, struck a pose and sung “Fly Me to the Moon” in honor of my octogenarian pal Rudy Perez. Too bad I didn’t videotape that, but you can watch the X Factor version right here: Swing it, Phillip!
Birthday boy Rudy Perez (left), Thomas Street Bistro owner Adam Freeman (center) and Phillip Lomax.
[UPDATE 9/29 10:15 a.m.] Just in case you had it in mind to flock to Thomas Street Bistro for a sighting tonight, while he was singing up a storm on Bastille Day, as noted, according to an update on Phillip’s X Factor-USA Facebook fan page, he’s no longer working there.