Rugby singer through to next X Factor round with Gary Barlow

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A Rugby teenager has made it through to the next stage of the X Factor with his band who were forced to change their name this week.

Joe Conaboy - known as Connor - and his Kingsland bandmates were featured on the ITV show on Sunday night.

Kingsland - now called Kingsland Road - made it through to bootcamp after sailing through earlier auditions of the ITV show.

The five lads performed in front of thousands of people at bootcamp as well as the four celebrity judes, choosing to sing Stevie Wonder’s For Once in My Life.

Take That star Gary Barlow said: “The vocals weren’t brilliant individually, but when you sang as a group it was really seamless.

“You’ve really got everything you need to be the next big boy band. Take a seat, you’re in my top six.”

Fellow judge Sharon Osbourne agreed with Gary saying: “You guys have such potential.”

Kingsland Road jumped for joy on stage before taking their seats as part of Gary’s top six.

The band will now battle it out it out at judges’ houses with Gary in New York for a place in the live final.

Connor, 19, left Bilton School when he was 16 and went to a performing arts college in Essex.

He met his bandmates though college and advertising on social media sites.

Connor’s mum Vicki Street said: “I’m over the moon. We’re behind him all the way and hope he goes through.”

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.

Via their Facebook page, the lads said: “We love our new name and hope you will do too.”

Contestant Giles Potter, 16, who trained at the studios of Rugby-based Big Help Management and performed at open mic nights in the town is also through to judges’ houses after Louis Walsh picked him for his final six.