A Rugby teenager will perform live on TV on Saturday night after getting through to the next stage of the X Factor.
Joe Conaboy - known as Connor - and his Kingsland Road bandmates are through to the final 12 contestants out of thousands of hopefuls in 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 last night (Sunday) as the boys performed on a New York roof terrace in front of Gary and guest judge Olly Murs.
They kicked off the second night of X Factor judge’s houses auditions by singing Olly’s Dance With Me Tonight.
Before they performed the boys said: “If we get a ‘no’, we can’t afford to keep the band going and it’s going to be devastating.”
Both judges were impressed with their performance.
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.”
Olly, an X Factor runner-up in 2009, added: “Just being a bit critical, they over-egged it a bit much. But vocally it was really strong. The lead guy was too good in fact, he shouldn’t have sung my song!”
“I wasn’t going to mention that,” said Gary.
They jumped for joy when Gary told them they were through to the live finals. They will perform live on Saturday night against 11 other contestants.
They will compete for votes to make it through the live shows to the final in December.
He told the boys at bootcamp that they were the ‘next big boy band’.
Last night Kingsland Road tweeted: “Still can’t believe we made through to live shows. 5 very happy smiley lads here at the XF house this morning!”
This morning they added: “We made it through to live shows! Thank you to everyone for your messages of support. The hard work starts now...”
Connor, 19, grew up in Rugby and went to Bilton School. His family still live in town.
The band were forced to change their name from Kingsland to Kingsland Road after they discovered there was another band with the same name in America.
Contestant Giles Potter, 16, who trained at the studios of Rugby-based Big Help Management and performed at open mic nights in the town also made it to judges’ houses but didn’t make Lois Walsh’s final three.
View Kingsland Road’s New York audition here.