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King’s student in The X Factor final12 Dec 2008, PR 266/08
King’s College London is cheering for one of its students who is a finalist on The X Factor tomorrow evening (13 December). Jonathan Gill, 21, known as JB, is a second year Theology & Religious Studies student at King’s, who is taking a year off to focus on the show.
JB is a member of JLS the first group to reach the final of ITV1’s The X Factor. The other two acts are Eoghan Quigg and Alexandra Burke.
The Principal, Professor Rick Trainor said: ‘On behalf of King’s College London I would like to wish JB the very best of luck for the final of The X Factor on Saturday. He is not only a promising student in our Department of Theology & Religious Studies but also a talented musician. We will be cheering for JLS to pull off a momentous victory.’
On reaching the final JB said ‘I felt like jumping up and down to celebrate. I hugged all the guys. I am absolutely thrilled to be in the final’. Earlier this week JB thanked King’s students and staff for all their support.
The show is now in its fifth series and previous winners include Leona Lewis and Shayne Ward. This year there were 100,000 applications to take part.
The other members of JLS are Marvin Humes, 23, from South East London, Ortise Williams, 21, from Fulham, and Aston Merrygold, 20, from Peterborough.
The contestants have performed songs including A Million Love Song’s and Umbrella before judges Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh, Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole. Louis Walsh is the band’s mentor.
The X Factor is tomorrow (13 December) from 19.10 on ITV1. Read more at http://xfactor.itv.com/. The winning act will be chosen by viewers telephone votes.
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