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Family album reveals my boy really has got the X Factor

HE'S the South Yorkshire teenager who has gone from being an unknown schoolboy to the bookies' joint favourite to win TV talent show The X Factor.

Louis Tomlinson, aged 18, wowed an ITV audience of millions again last Saturday as he and his bandmates in Simon Cowell's boy-group One Direction belted out a version of Kelly Clarkson's hit My Life Would Suck Without You.

Cowell branded the lads 'the most exciting boyband in the country' - and show choreographer Brian Friedman said One Direction are "definitely my tip to win".

"They are young, good-looking, and can sing.You can just see mums and daughters all over the country falling in love with them."

Their performance shortened the odds with five bookmakers, who are now have the group as joint favourites - with solo singer Matt Cardle - to win, at odds of 5-2.

Today Louis' proud mum Johannah opened up the family photo album to show off pictures of the boy who has become the face of the moment for Doncaster.

Here's Louis growing up long before he became a familiar face to millions on TV.

Johannah - who said Louis was always a keen singer, having starred in several productions at Hall Cross School - went to London from their home in Bessacarr again to see her son perform.

"It was brilliant again, and this time it was not as nerve wracking as they were called out to sing near the beginning of the programme.

"I think they're finding their feet because they were more confident than they were at first.. I think they're doing really well. The only downside of them being so popular was we couldn't get anywhere near them for while a while after the show because of all the youngsters who were stopping them and trying to get autographs!

"We only get an hour with them after the show."

Louis said it was a fabulous night. After the show he and bandmates Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zain Malik and Niall Horan met celebrities including Jermaine Jackson and comedian Russell Brand, whose fiancee Katy Perry performed on Sunday show.

Louis said: "It doesn't get any better than meeting Michael Jackson's brother! And we were laughing with Russell Brand backtage. He was an absolute hoot."

Russell, whose fiancee Katy was among the guest judges in the audition stages, had told them he was supporting One Direction to win.

Being joint favourites meant a bit more pressure.

Yesterday Louis was among the singers recording a charity song for the charity Help for Heroes, with other contestants. They are due to release a version of the David Bowie song Heroes.

The 18-year-old's grandparents are getting ready to see him live in the contest for the first time. Leonard and Jennifer Poulston will join mum and dad Johannah and Mark in London this weekend.

The family receive four tickets for each week's show.

Louis auditioned for X Factor as a solo artist, but was invited to join One Direction at the bootcamp, when Cowell manufactured the group.

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