Coventry singer gets praise from X Factor judges

By Steve Carpenter Monday 16 September 2013 Updated: 16/09 14:15

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Buy photos » Thompson (left) is part of boy group Kingsland who have progressed through to the bootcamp stage of X Factor. (s) Photo courtesy of @KingslandMusic

COVENTRY has a new star in the making after singer and songwriter Jon James Thompson impressed the judges on this year's X Factor and progressed through to the bootcamp stage of the competition.

JJ, or Thompson as he is simply to family and friends, performed as part of the five-some, Kingsland, who received four yes votes of approval from Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger on Saturday evening.

The group, also made up of Josh, Matt, Connor and Jay, went on to produce a lively performance at Wembley where they sang Bruno Mars' Treasure to progress through to bootcamp and they have already been hotly tipped to win the competition.

Thompson grew up in Potters Green and attended Woodlands School before moving to the capital to pursue a career in the music industry.

The 22-year-old helped form the group, whose name Kingsland came about because all five members of the group live together in a flat just off Kingsland Road in East London.

New judge Sharon said of the group: “I like you I do. I think you've got it all going. You've definitely got something going on and I like you very much.”

Take That star Gary said the group had potential: “The way you performed with the energy you could be something really cool, with the acoustic element added to it as well.

Nicole was pleased to have come across a group where every member could sing and Louis added: “I thought it was a very good audition. There's something great. “This could be the start of the rest of your lives.”

Two years ago Coventry singer and songwriter Charlie Healy progressed to the final live stages of the show performing with boy band The Risk, who are currently working on their debut album.

And now Thompson will be hoping to follow in his footsteps by progressing through the competition to the live shows next month.

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