X Factor interview: Rugby’s Connor ‘over the moon’

Kingsland Road, with Joe Conaboy pictured second from right
Kingsland Road, with Joe Conaboy pictured second from right

A Rugby teenager who has shot to fame on the X Factor has said he “could not ask for any more”.

Joe Conaboy - known as Connor - from Rugby performed with his Kingsland Road bandmates live in front of millions of people on Saturday night in week one of the X Factor live shows.

After some very positive feedback from the panel of celebrity judges and votes from the public, Kingsland Road made it through to week two.

Speaking to the Advertiser this week, Connor, 19, said: “It’s going really well. We are over the moon that we went through.

“I don’t think we could have asked for anymore. We’re all really happy with our performance.

“We performed in front of nearly 11 million people which is what we’ve always wanted to do.”

Connor grew up in Rugby and went to Bawnmore infants, Bilton junior and Bilton High schools. He left town when he was 16 and went on to form Kingsland Road.

The band - Josh, Connor, Thompson, Matt and Jay - lived together in the Kingsland Road area of East London and worked hard holding down jobs and gigging before they shot to fame on the X Factor.

They are now living in the X Factor mansion with the other contestants with their own security guards and paparazzi outside.

Connor and the boys also get to work with mentor Gary Barlow every day.

Connor said: “It’s incredible. I’m still not used to it. We are working with a legend and he’s so musically minded. He helps us a lot.”

Kingsland Road will perform again on Saturday night, which will have a ‘love and heartbreak’ theme.

Connor said: “I had some hard times at school with bullying but I stuck with it and it just shows that coming from a small town like Rugby, you can be successful. I’m reaching out to Rugby for support.”