X Factor fever is taking over Castleford as homegrown singer Jack Walton continues his quest for glory on the ITV talent show.
Jack, of Aketon Road, eased through the second rounds of the live shows of the competition last weekend.
The 18-year-old impressed the judges and public with his rendition of Paula Adbul’s Straight Up on Saturday’s show.
Backed by the entire town, he will now take to the stage in the third of the live shows this weekend.
Jack, who quit Pontefract’s NEW College to sing full-time, said: “Last weekend was absolutely amazing yet again but obviously as the competition goes on you’ve got more of chance of going out and I was aware of that.
“That said, once I got on the stage and started I just thought to myself ‘go for it’ and I really enjoyed it.”
He added: “It’s just an unbelievable experience and I don’t want it to end. It’s totally different from life in Castleford or anything I’m used to.
The teenager is the youngest contestant in the boys’ category. He said: “The support is amazing. I’ve had messages telling me about the massive support I’ve got back home. I can’t thank everyone enough.”
Stallholders at Castleford Market have given the former Castleford Academy pupil their backing and are wearing specially printed T-shirts.
Castleford Stitch and Print made their T-shirts as well as ‘Vote Jack’ posters which can be seen on windows of homes and businesses across the town.
Rachel Cooper, from the business, said: “Everybody is talking about Jack and there’s a real buzz around the town.
“Everybody just wants him to do well and go as far as he can. He is doing Castleford proud and we’re all behind him.”
Stallholders in the market have joined forces to get behind the youngster who grew up in the town.
The Eagle pub have also given Jack their backing. Jack performed a gig at the pub at the age of 16 in front of just 40 people.
Sharon Moore, landlady at the Methley Road pub, said: “We’re showing the X Factor every Saturday and Sunday and Jack’s doing really well.
“We let him perform here when he was first starting out in pubs and clubs and we said at the time ‘come back and do it again when you’ve won the X Factor’.”
He will now perform a hit from the movies on this weekend’s show.
The Express is also backing Jack’s quest for X Factor glory.
You can follow Jack’s progress by following us on Twitter @PandCExpress and see our website to see if he gets through to the fourth week of live shows.
Use the hashtag #ComeonJack and we’ll retweet the best.