X Factor mum calls for Rugby support as media whirlwind begins for Kingsland Road

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The mother of a Rugby teenager who will perform live on the X Factor on Saturday night is asking the town to support him.

Joe Conaboy - known as Connor - and his Kingsland Road bandmates are one of the final 12 contestants out of thousands of hopefuls on the ITV singing competition.

Josh, Connor, Thompson, Matt and Jay were flown to New York after making it through bootcamp to judges’ houses with mentor Gary Barlow.

Millions of people watched on ITV on Sunday night as the boys performed on a New York roof terrace in front of Gary and guest judge Olly Murs.

Gary said: “When I see these guys, it brings me back 20 years. One of the things I love most about this band is the personality. There’s so much for people to fall in love with there.”

They jumped for joy when Gary told them they were through to the live finals.

Via Twitter the boys said: “We made it through to live shows! Thank you to everyone for your messages of support. The hard work starts now.”

Connor, 19, who grew up in Rugby and went to Bawnmore infants, Bilton juniors and Bilton high school, and his bandmates began a packed media schedule at the start of the week.

They have been featured in high profile celebrity magazines and made TV appearances on Lorraine on Daybreak and This Morning on Tuesday, followed by interviews on Radio 1 and 5 live.

Connor’s mum, Vicki Street, who was also featured on the X Factor on Sunday night, said: Vicki Street, who was on ITV on Sunday night, said: “It’s very strange. Everything has gone mad. We’re hoping he stays in [the competition]. It’s just amazing. I turned the TV on and there he was on the sofa on Lorraine sitting next to Gary Barlow.

“They are genuinely a nice bunch of lads. They are very down to earth and that will hopefully go in their favour.

“We need everyone in Rugby to get behind them.”