Aston thanks Lisburn fans for their votes
by STACEY HEANEY
FACTOR hopefuls JLS say they have been delighted with the
support they have received from people across Lisburn.
The band have been going from strength to
strength on the show in recent weeks, with their mentor Louis
Walsh proclaiming on last week's show that they could be crowned
this year's X Factor champions.
Band member Aston Merrygold, whose mother is
originally from Dunmurry and who has family still living in the
area, is loving every minute of The X Factor experience and is
promising the band will once again "step up" their performance
on tomorrow's (Saturday) live show.
a break from rehearsals Aston said: "This week has been really
good, it's Best of British Week, which is something different
because we know the song we're doing and the public will know
it, but it will be completely different; we've given it a JLS
The band have come strongly into the running
in recent weeks and Aston is delighted. "Now people are not just
talking about the girls, they are talking about us," he said.
Even Simon Cowell has said the band could
make this year's final after last Saturday's performance of
Mariah Carey's hit 'One Sweet Day'.
"At the time it was like 'yes'," commented
Aston, "it's amazing that he said that, but as soon as we got
home to sit down it was like 'right we have to work hard now, we
have to step it up and live up to that."
During Mariah week the band performed 'One
Sweet Day', her duet with Boyz II Men. Aston said: "Hardcore
Mariah Carey fans will know that song and it will be one of
their favourites. Most people expected us to do Mariah and
Westlife's 'Against All Odds' but we are happy to give people
surprises." The group also received a Master Class from Mariah
herself and performed the number one hit 'Hero' on the show with
the star and their fellow contestants.
It was amazing," aid Aston, "I'm now one of a
handful of people to work with Mariah Carey. To be meeting these
kinds of artists every week is a dream, we grew up with their
music and are fans of their work."
Speaking about what fans can expect on this
week's show Aston commented, "This week has been the most
secretive so far, right now we don't know what we are doing.
Today we were told, 'it's choreography today', but even we don't
know what's going on."
Aston hasn't had much time to spend with his
family, including his mum and grandparents who hail from
Dunmurry, since the show began: "We must get two or three
minutes at the end to speak to them, after we've had pictures
taken and signed autographs for the fans, it's just, 'that was
great,' 'thanks, bye'; we don't get any time at all really. It
would be nice to spend time with them but we are still at work;
this is our job now."
The boys are hoping they can make it all the
way to the final of the show on December 13, something Aston
hopes will be a lucky omen, "13 is a lucky number for me, my
birthday is the 13th so it's kind of a good luck charm for me,
I'm hoping everything will go well for us."
They also had the chance to film a video for
the contestants' number one hit 'Hero' last week, something
which fulfilled a life-long ambition for them. "The video was on
an hour before the show started on Saturday and we were all
hunkered around a massive TV watching it. We filmed the video at
Shepperton Studios and Marvin saw Penelope Cruz walking past in
the corridor, it's madness.
"It's still number one and it's a dream come
true for all of us, to have a number one under our belts. We've
been on the show for over five weeks and we've been doing
amazing things each week. The next thing now is to make the tour
and visit Belfast and Dublin, it's going to be wicked."
Thanking local fans who have been supporting
the band, Aston said, "We really appreciate everyone supporting
us, just keep watching and voting."