Jamie Benkert says messages from his Northampton fans were the boost he needed to get through the first stage of X Factor’s Boot Camp.
The former Thomas Becket School pupil impressed judges with a group performance of ‘What a Wonderful World’.
He got to boot camp after receiving three yeses at his audition, of which he sang a medley of pop songs including his rendition or Uptown Funk with the show’s producers making much of his resemblance to singer Olly Murs.
Jamie, aged 25, said: “I do genuinely want to say a massive thankyou to everyone from Northampton who have been supportive and sending me lovely messages.
“I hope it continues and people stick with me”.
The challenge showed judges Rita Ora and Cheryl Fernadez-Versini enjoying Jamie’s vocals in the garden of a country hotel.
“I don’t really notice what the judges are doing, until you look back on YouTube.
“I didn’t even know through the challenge that Cheryl was smiling, because your mind’s in a million places.
“It’s weird watching yourself on TV, but they are great memories to look back on.
“I keep forgetting in a way that I’ve been doing X Factor and people look at you when you’re walking in the street and I’m thinking that I’ve done something wrong”.
Jamie will now take part in the second challenge of the boot camp round which will involve singing a song chosen from a list provided by the judges.
“It sort of puts you out of your comfort zone in case there isn’t a song on there you would have necessarily done, it shows if you’re an artist or not”.
The Health Care Assistant lives with only his mother, who is also his biggest fan.
“It’s been mad the response, honestly my Facebook inbox is crazy.
“My mum is the top supporter really, I would definitely say she’s number one”.