FORMER X factor contestant Jack Walton is pinning his hopes career on the music industry after he left the competition on Saturday night.
The 18-year-old from Castleford received the fewest number of public votes after he sang Leona Lewis’s hit Bleeding Love on the ITV talent show.
Jack, who is hoping to get signed up by a record label, is performing gigs across the country this week and is set to play in London on Saturday and Glasgow on Sunday.
The former Pontefract New College student, who has many self-penned songs in the pipeline, said: “I wasn’t shocked because I know how unpredictable the show is. It was a bit gutting that I couldn’t carry on in the competition, I was enjoying it.
“There’s a feeling of relief as well because I can carry on doing what I like to do the most, playing gigs. I have got loads of work out of it.
“This year I’m going to focus on doing as many gigs as possible and next year I’m going to focus on writing songs.
“It will definitely be my career from now on. I have got a good plan in place for once. It’s always been a serious thing for me but now its been put into perspective just how big it can be.”
Jack added: “It’s hard work, but it’s onwards and upwards from here.”
Jack’s mother Rachel was in the audience when he was voted off Saturday’ night’s show.
She said: “I was a bit gutted really. On the other side of it I was relieved as well. He can do what he wants now and be himself and do his own style of music, It was a good experience and he had fun. I would like to see him come out and perform as Jack Walton now and wear what he wants and sing what he wants.
“It has done him good, he is used to playing in front of a lot of people now.
“I think a label will pick him up, definitely.”