Proud parents Rachel and Robin Walton think their son Jack can go all the way to the final of this year’s X Factor competition.
Castleford singer Jack eased through the first of the live shows of the ITV talent show last weekend in front of his mum and dad who were among the hundreds of fans in the audience.
The 18-year-old impressed with an acoustic performance of Rihanna’s Only Girl In The World.
Proud dad Robin, 59, said: “It was absolutely amazing. I’m so proud of him, I always have been, but this is just the icing on the cake.
“It was amazing to see him on the stage and he looked so relaxed.”
He added: “There are a lot of talented people in this year’s competition but I’m hoping he can go all the way to the final. He is getting a lot of support.”
Jack, who quit Pontefract’s NEW College to sing full-time, was handed a wildcard back into the competition by judge Simon Cowell.
He didn’t tell his parents he had entered the contest until he got through boot camp.
Mum Rachel, who is hoping to be part of the audience again this weekend, said: “I really enjoyed it. When they read his name out and he came on stage I was very proud.
“When he’s on stage I still see him as my little boy when he first started to sing. We took him to a karaoke competition at Xscape when he was eight and he came fourth out of around 200 adults and it’s gone from there.”
The teenager, the youngest contestant in the boys’ category, said: “Last weekend was absolutely amazing. It’s still sinking in that I performed on a stage like that which was also live in front of nine million people on television.
“It’s just unbelievable and is totally different from life in Castleford or anything I’m used to.
“I was nervous. When my name was announced I just thought I’d let it all out and go for it.”
Jack, who is staying in the X Factor house in London with fellow contestants, will perform an 80s hit on this weekend’s show.
He said: “It’s crazy to be honest. It was a massive shock when I got the wildcard. I didn’t even know there was one and it was a massive relief that I got a second chance because I didn’t do myself justice at Mel B’s house.
“I’ve had messages telling me about the massive support I’ve got back home and I’ve even had comments from One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson. It’s all a bit surreal.”
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