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First listen of Marcus Collins debut album

Gay UK X Factor finalist Marcus Collins gives preview of new album and fans are loving it

First listen of Marcus Collins debut album

Gay X Factor finalist Marcus Collins has given fans a tantalising taste of his debut album and it's already creating a buzz in the Twittersphere.

The five-minute preview of the self-titled album on YouTube features original songs, as well as cover versions of Your Love Is Lifting Me Higher by Jackie Wilson and Tightrope by Janelle Monae.

It also includes a track written by Collins' X Factor mentor, judge and Take That frontman Gary Barlow, who also executive produced the album.

The singer, who came second to girl group Little Mix in the UK version of the hit TV contest, divided critics with his first single, a swing version of The White Stripes' Seven Nation Army.

However, Collins' fans, or 'Collinators', seem to love the first listen of the album.

'Marcus Collins is a boss debut album!' tweeted Charlie Leatherhead, @CrazyChaza.

While MonkeySlut, @Jacob_Haughty, posted: 'Marcus Collins came 2nd in x factor and has already made an album, what have Little Mix done?'

And there was similar praise on his Facebook page, with Johanna Haughton posting, 'Some good tunes there Marcus, good luck with the album, I WILL be buying it.'

Collins was the the first X Factor contestant to be open about his sexuality from the start, but says he has no regrets about coming out, despite facing regular homophobia.

His debut single is released on 4 March and the album is out on 12 March.