Rugby’s X Factor star thanks fans for votes as band make it through to another week

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Rugby’s X Factor star Connor has thanked all his fans for voting for Kingsland Road to go through to next week’s live shows.

Kingsland Road - starring Joe (known as Connor) Conaboy from Rugby and bandmates Matt, Josh, Thompson and Jay - performed once again live in front of millions of people on Saturday night.

Connor with his mum Vicki Street

Connor with his mum Vicki Street

Last week they found themselves in the Sunday night sing-off after receiving the least amount of votes in the flash vote on Saturday night.

However they were saved by the judges and came back fighting this week singing Pretty Woman as part of a movie week theme.

Mentor Gary Barlow said: “It has been a lot of ballads tonight, we needed you on the show. Up tempo, it was a lot of fun, well done.”

Judge Louis Walsh: “Much improved, better hair dos than last week as well. Not so sure about the song choice, it was a little bit lazy, in fact sometimes I thought I was at the west end.”

Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger said: “Boys, thank you so much. Finally this week not only do we have a great blend of harmonies but we had great vocals to connect to. Thank you so much for that, at times it is raining a little bit of cheese. I kind of like it. There is something charming about you guys and super cute.”

Sharon Osbourne said: “For me it was Jersey Boys kind of thing going on but you’ve got it. You guys are slick, you tick all the boxes and now all you have to do is pull it back a bit because you’re too up front with it. Pull it back a bit but well done.”

Kingsland Road received enough votes to avoid being in the bottom two again and will go on to perform in next week’s show.

Speaking afterwards, Connor tweeted: “Lovely being back in the X Factor house.. back home and it’s all thanks to you beautiful people who voted! We love you.”

The band thanked everyone that voted for them, adding via Twitter: “You Klanders and everyone that voted did not let us down tonight! Thank you so much! One step closer to next week. Please vote! Love Kings.”

Connor’s mum Vicki Street described the weekend as ‘stressful’.

Vicki, who has travelled down from Rugby to London for every live show, said: “They all did lead vocals this week which was fantastic and I think they were brilliant.

“It’s getting a bit scary. It’s getting harder each week. You sit with all the family and each week someone else goes. They keep you hanging. It’s hard for the parents.”

Vicki, who works at Cawston Grange School, has organised for a signed photo from the band and Kingsland Road t-shirt to be won as part of a raffle to raise money for Children In Need.

Bilton Junior School, where Connor went to school, will also be doing the same for charity.

Vicki said: “I don’t know how many more weeks the boys have got. They’ve got to pull it out the bag,

“They are loving every minute. We need the whole of Warwickshire behind them.”

Kingsland Road are auctioning their X Factor guitar to raise money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

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