FACTOR hopefuls JLS are planning to take their performance on
the hit show tomorrow night (Saturday) "to another level" as
they bid to be crowned champions.
Band member Aston Merrygold, whose mother is
originally from Dunmurry, has said the band are growing in
confidence as each week on the show passes, and they hope to
take another step towards their music dream when they perform
again tomorrow night.
The group wowed the judges last week with a
fantastic performance of 'Working My Way Back To You' during
Disco week and this week they will face a new challenge on
'Mariah Carey' week on the show.
"It's going well," said Aston. "We got great
comments on Saturday so we are very, very pleased.
"We are definitely growing in confidence each
week, it feels a lot more like home now, we just want to get on
stage and perform.
As each week passes for the group, however,
the challenges get harder. Last week saw the group get their
best comments from the judges, with Dannii Minogue telling the
band "that was brilliant".
Cheryl Cole agreed saying JLS's performance
of The Four Seasons classic hit "definitely cemented that they
are best group we've ever had on X Factor."
Simon Cowell added: "Guys, you're back in the
race. Tonight was the first time I actually could imagine you
guys getting into the final."
Speaking ahead of this week's live show,
Aston said the band will be giving their all during their
performance as they aim to make it into the final seven.
"People are saying 'JLS could be in trouble
this week', but we want to take it to another level. We're
loving every minute of it and we don't want it to end."
20-year-old Aston, who has relatives living
in the Lisburn area, attended the world premiere of the new
James Bond film 'Quantum of Solace' last week with his fellow
"It was crazy. Just to be at the world
premiere of James Bond was unbelievable. We saw Daniel Craig,
Dame Judi Dench and the Princes were there, it was absolutely
"A couple of weeks ago we could happily walk
through Leicester Square and no-one knew who we were and now we
are there on the red carpet with people asking for our
Saturday night's X Factor saw one of the
show's favourites, Austin Drage, he voted off and Aston is aware
no act is safe.
"It was a big shock, but at this stage
everyone is so good that anyone can go. We were good friends
and we will still keep in touch with him."
As well as his experiences on the show Aston
also fulfilled a lifelong dream this week, as he hit the top
spot in the charts with his fellow contestants when their
version of Mariah Carey's 'Hero' reached number one, with
proceeds going towards the 'Help For Heroes' charity.
"To be on a track that is number one is a dream
come true," he said.
"We are all in this to make music and to get
to number one and to have achieved that with this song, which is
for such a good cause, is amazing.
"We just want to carry on in The X Factor and
we hope the people in the Lisburn area will keep watching and