Castleford singer Jack Walton’s X Factor dream lives on

Jack Walton when he performed at his former school Castleford Academy

Jack Walton when he performed at his former school Castleford Academy

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Castleford singer Jack Walton has eased through the first round of the X Factor live shows tonight (Sunday).

After being handed a wildcard by judge Simon Cowell, Jack, of Aketon Road, was greeted with huge cheers after he performed Rihanna’s Only Girl In The World last night.

Now, the 18-year-old will take to the stage in the second week of the live shows on Saturday after Blonde Electra and boy band Overload Generation were sent home from the ITV talent show.

Speaking after his performance last night judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini said: “Yes, Jack! That was such an amazing song choice. I would never have thought to put a twist on that song.”

Simon Cowell said: “I love that you are honest. The chicks are going to love you. I think it’s a job well done.”

Louis Walsh added: “Simon, you did Mel a big favour by putting Jack through because he deserves it.”

See this week’s Pontefract and Castleford Express for more, including an exclusive interview with the former Castleford Acdemy pupil.