Jack from Castleford had X Factor aged four at first gig

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BUDDING pop singer Jack Walton has been wowing audiences since he sang at his own christening party aged just four-years-old.

Jack, from Castleford, grabbed the microphone and belted out Robbie Williams’ hit ‘Angels’ with his six-year-old sister Lucy at the christening party at The Bradley Arms pub in Half Acres, Castleford.

Jack’s mother Rachel, 46, said: “He was really good even then. People were really impressed.”

She added: “When he’s on stage I still see him as my little boy when he first started to sing.

From the age of eight Jack sang in pubs and clubs and won karaoke competitions in his home town.

Now the 18-year-old is through to the last 15 in the ITV talent show - despite seemingly being kicked off the show a week earlier.

Jack thought his chances were over after being told by former Spice Girls member Melanie Brown that he had failed to make it to the live shows of the competition during the judges’ houses’ episode on October 5.

He was given a second chance when he was handed a wildcard’ to return to the show by fellow judge Simon Cowell.

And the former Castleford Academy pupil was voted through to the next round after impressing the judges - and the public - with his alternative rendition of Rhianna’s ‘Only Girl In The World’ on Saturday.

Mrs Walton said: It’s very exciting, but nerve-wracking at the same time.”

Jack’s father Robin, 59, said: “I’m so proud of him. 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 is staying in the X Factor house in London with fellow contestants, 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.”

Andy Thorburn of EMIS

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