The proud dad of an X Factor contestant is drumming up extra support for his talented son with the help of his employer.
Robin Walton, whose son Jack is one of the live finalists on the ITV talent show, works for Amey which is delivering Sheffield Council’s Streets Ahead scheme across the city.
And he is doing all he can to back the tuneful youngster with the help of his colleagues.
Amey has been showing support for the 18-year-old singer through messages on Twitter, and will be rooting for him as the live shows continue.
Robin said: “The comments I have received on Jack’s talent and the support from my colleagues is very flattering and definitely appreciated. I also appreciate the support that Amey is giving Jack - it’s fantastic.”
Jack initially impressed judges at the audition stages with his singing and acoustic guitar playing. He made it through to judges’ houses but Mel B chose not to take him forward to the live shows. But, in a twist, Jack was brought back into the competition by Simon Cowell as a wild card contestant.
“It was wonderful to find out Jack had been brought to the live shows as a wild card,” said Robin, “especially as it was Simon that brought him back and said such positive things about him.”
Three weeks in to the live shows, which continue tonight, Jack, from Castleford, Wakefield, is showing his talent not just as a singer but as a musician too. On tonight’s show he will further demonstrate his vocal skills by performing Leona Lewis’ smash hit, Bleeding Love.
Robin said: “I’m extremely proud of Jack and I go every weekend to support him.”
Streets Ahead CIP director Graeme Symonds said: “We’re all behind Jack here at Amey.
“It’s great to see local talent doing so well in a competition as big as the X Factor and we’ve been supporting Jack as much as we can internally and through social media.
“We wish Jack all the best in the competition and we’ll be rooting for him tonight.”