X Factor singer Jack Walton makes it to judges’ houses

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)

Castleford singer Jack Walton’s X Factor dream is still alive after he made it through to the next round of the ITV talent show.

The 18-year-old impressed judge Mel B with his acoustic performance of Ain’t Nobody by Rufus and Chaka Khan to take his place in the judges’ houses round of the show.

He will be up against five other singers in the boys’ category at the former Spice Girl’s home.

Jack, of Aketon Road, said: “Boot camp was like nothing else. You go straight into it with lots of other performers from around the world and it’s then that you start to look around and weigh up your chances.

“When I walked onto the stage and I saw the seats had been filled I knew I would have to pull something out of the bag.

“Obviously I was very nervous, it would not be wrong not to be, but I tried to channel that into my performance.”

Jack, who first started singing in pubs and clubs across the area two years ago, was chosen over US singer Charlie Martinez to make it through to judges’ houses.

He added: “It means so much to get praise from the judges.

“Louis Walsh said ‘that’s how you rock an arena.’ The only thing I’ve rocked in the past has been the Smawthorne Hotel!”

The teenager also performed at Castleford Tigers’ play-off elimination round game against Warrington Wolves last week.

He is the youngest contestant in the boys’ category and will now battle it out for a place in the live shows.

The former Castleford Academy pupil said: “Even to get to this stage is amazing. I am just a normal lad from Cas but I genuinely want to do the town proud.

“Most of my friends are from Cas and I am Cas through and through.

“The support is absolutely unbelievable I have always had this dream to be successful in music and the fact that my home town is behind me means that little bit more.”

After his performance of the Rufus and Chaka Khan hit, Jack was given a standing ovation by the audience at Wembley arena.

As she told him to take a seat in her category Mel B said: “You are going to get a seat. That was a really good performance.”