Bilton Junior School think former pupil Connor has the X Factor

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Staff and pupils at Bilton Junior School have pledged their support to former student Connor from Kingsland Road.

The Plantagenet Drive school are backing X Factor contestants Kingsland Road starring former pupil Joe Conaboy - known as Connor.

Connor’s sister Eve Street, 10, who also goes to Bilton Junior School, said: “My brother is part of Kingsland Road on the X Factor so we are all trying to get votes for them. They are doing very well so let’s just hope they get to the final.”

Headteacher Andrew Edwards taught Connor when he was in year six and has known the budding pop star since he joined the school in year three.

Mr Edwards said: “We’re supporting them all the way. We’ve got posters all round school. We were very nervous on Saturday night but it was the right result in the end.”

Despite receiving praise from the judges, Kingsland Road found themselves in the Sunday night sing-off after receiving the least amount of votes on Saturday night.

They sang Pink’s Try and were up against fellow contestant Shelley Smith who sang Nina Simone’s Stop.

Three out of the four celebrity judges voted to save Kingsland Road, meaning they are through to next week’s live show.

Connor’s mum Vicki Street said: “They were fantastic. They were vocally good and they owned the stage. I didn’t think we had to worry about them. And then there was the flash vote. I was gobsmacked. You could hear a pin drop in the studio.”

Vicki described her son as ‘absolutely devastated’ following filming on Saturday night.

She said: “It really knocked him for six. You can see on their faces how much it means to them. They want this so much. I was ecstatic when they went through.”

Via Twitter Kingsland Road said: “Thank you so much judges. Time for some hard work this week though. Thanks all for support.”

Connor added: “So speechless. I’m so happy. Words can’t even describe.

“Going to get a sort of early night. Back to the grind tomorrow but cannot wait! Bring on Saturday. Thank you all for your support! Love you.”

To view our video taken at Bilton Junior School click here X FACTOR

Connor and Kingsland Road will perform live again on the X Factor this evening (Saturday).