A 19-year-old from Rugby could be on the brink of stardom after his band made it through to X Factor’s Boot Camp.
Connor Conaboy, a former Bilton School student, has spent part of the summer with a mystery high-profile X Factor judge honing his performance skills with his four bandmates who make up boy band Kingsland.
The group have been tipped by the talent show judges as having the potential to be the next One Direction and the group have already amassed tens of thousands of followers on Twitter and YouTube.
Connor, whose real name is Joe, left Bilton School when he was 16 and attended Masters Performing Art College in Essex. He met his bandmates through college and advertising on social media sites. They received four out of four ‘yes’ votes from the show’s judges on their first audition and also impressed X Factor’s arena audiences.
Connor’s mum, Vicki Street, said: “I’m really excited for him and I’m thrilled he’s made it so far. Ever since he was young all he has ever wanted to do was perform, and when he finished school at Bilton he went straight to a performing arts college.”
She added: “Despite all the attention the group have got so far, they haven’t changed in any way. They’re still a nice bunch of lads who are keeping their feet on the ground.
“They’ve also all made serious commitments to the band – some of them have had to give up their jobs and they spend hours and hours rehearsing. His family and friends are keeping their fingers cross and hoping the best is yet to come.”
The band has been together since November 2012 and their last cover video of How Ya Doin’ by Little Mix has received almost 100,000 YouTube views and even caught the attention of the Little Mix girls who reposted the video.
This weekend television audiences will learn if Kingsland progress from Boot Camp to the handful of acts who make the final rounds.