Castleford singer Jack through to X Factor boot camp

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)

X Factor hopeful Jack Walton will be showing off his vocal skills after making it through to the boot camp stage of the ITV talent show.

The Castleford 18-year-old once again impressed judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh when he performed his version of Blackstreet’s No Diggity before more than 5,000 people at the auditions at SSE Arena, Wembley.

Jack, of Aketon Road, said: “My arena audition was great, I really enjoyed it but it was a bit crazy going from pub crowds to performing in front of that many people.

“But I got four ‘yes’ votes and the judges said once again I went out there and did myself proud and they said they liked me and my voice.”

Jack, who first started singing in pubs and clubs across the area two years ago, performed for youngsters at his former school, Castleford Academy, on Friday.

Youngsters in years seven, eight and nine were treated to a performance in the school’s sports hall.

Jack added: “It was really nice seeing all my teachers and people who have encouraged me from the start.

“They were all really supportive and it went crazy when I walked in.

“There were more than a thousand kids crammed into the sports hall. It was great.”

Jack will now battle it out against other singers in the boot camp stage of the competition.

If he impresses for a third time, he will be through to perform at one of the judge’s houses. He also sang at Castleford Tigers’ play off elimination round game against Warrington Wolves on Thursday and at the Blackmoor Head in Pontefract on Friday.