X Factor singer Jack is ‘doing it for Cas’

X-factor star Jack Walton is performing at his former school Castleford Academy.  (p602a439)
X-factor star Jack Walton is performing at his former school Castleford Academy. (p602a439)
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X Factor singer Jack Walton - who made it through the third weekend of live shows - says he’s ‘representing the whole of Cas.’

The 18-year-old former Castleford Academy student says he was ‘delighted’ to get through on Sunday after performing his version of Survivor’s Eye of The Tiger for movie week.

Jack, of Aketon Road, said: “I am so happy to go through. It wasn’t my best performance and it wasn’t the best song either but I’m just delighted to make it through.

“Mel B wanted a big performance. She wanted me to rip my top off as part of it but I just said that’s not what I’m about.

“I’ve got to remember I’m from Cas and I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of stick I’d have got if I’d done that.”

Jack, who quit Pontefract’s NEW College to sing full time, got a mixed reaction from the judges after his performance on Saturday.

But after a tense wait, Jack was the final act to be announced by presenter Dermot O’Leary as having made it through to the fourth week of live shows.

He added: “I was so relieved and I’m so glad I have got this far in the competition.

“I am representing my family and the whole of Cas and I think I’m doing everyone proud.”

The teenager is the youngest contestant in the boy’s category.

He said: “It’s a massive honour to be here and I never thought I would ever get this far.

“Sometimes on the show you don’t perform how you normally would as an artist but you have to do what is best for the show.

“All my life I have played in pubs and little venues so I haven’t learnt how to perform on a stage like the X Factor. “When I first started performing it was at a gig where literally one person turned up - he enjoyed it though.”

Jack’s performances have led to X Factor fever sweeping across Castleford, with ‘vote Jack’ posters in shop windows across the town.

Jack added: “I’m not fully aware of the support I’ve got back home simply because I’m living down in London at the moment.

“But I would love to be there to see it all. I am really proud that I’m from Cas and I can’t thank everyone enough for their support. It sounds amazing and I will never forget where I come from.”

Jack will appear on the X Factor again this weekend as part of the show’s horror week.