Clevedon People support George Shelley on X Factor UPDATE

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By Carol_Deacon | Saturday, November 17, 2012, 10:02

CLEVEDON'S X Factor hopeful George Shelley and his band Union J are hoping to win through to the next round on the TV talent show tonight.

George and his band mates were left fighting for their slot in the competition last weekend after finding themselves in the bottom two against fellow boy band District 3 in the Sunday night results show.

But the group managed to win over the judges with their performance of Adele's Set Fire To The Rain.

George, 19, has been recharging his batteries this week in Disneyland, Paris, with his band mates.

George's mum Toni Harris, 50, said: "The remaining contestants are exhausted as it has been such hard work that they were taken to Paris for a few days for a break.

"I think the competition is really hotting up.

"Union J won the battle of the boy bands with a fantastic, emotional performance but say they are going to do ever better this weekend.

"On Sunday night after the show we had to smuggle George back into the hotel as fans spotted him and were crowding around the car.

"He has received loads of mail and presents and the fans have been busy networking through Facebook and Twitter their support but people need to keep voting.

"But he is still my George, happy and enjoying every moment."

Toni together with family and friends have been handing out fliers on the streets of Bristol at Cabot Circus and The Mall to bolster support for the band.

And every Friday and Saturday a big banner goes up on different sites in Clevedon urging supporters to vote for George and Union J.

George who went to school at Backwell, Nailsea, Clevedon, Burnham and Cheddar before doing a foundation degree course at Weston College and going to Bath Spa University is counting on local support to get them through - Clevedon People support George and Union J.

STOP PRESS: George and the band are through to fight another round.

Union J move to 14-1 in betting stakes as favourite Ella Henderson was axed from the X Factor last night.

Talented 16-year-old Ella, whose dad Sean is from Glasgow, had been the bookies' favourite from her first audition months ago.

And her shock exit – after a sing-off against James Arthur – was branded the biggest upset in X Factor history.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: "This was one of the biggest TV betting upsets of all time."

Union J were the first to go through after singing Call Me Maybe on the Live Show.

Looking rather dapper in their sharp grey suits, the lads performed on a platform surrounded by mirrors and dancers for the upbeat number.

They gave Carly Rae Jepson's hit the Union J twist with glorious harmonies and the boys jumped off the stage to bring the song to a climax.

Union J's Jaymi Hensley has revealed he is gay - and said mentor Louis Walsh inspired him to come out.

The X factor finalist has been in a relationship with his boyfriend, a hairdresser, for three years and said they plan to marry and have children.

Jaymi said his bandmates Jamie Hamblett, Josh Cuthbert and George all backed his decision to reveal all

Jaymi, 22, said: "Every boyband has got to have a gay one! And Louis just said: 'Do it!'."

Besides Union J now left in the competition are James Arthur, Rylan Clark, Jahmene Douglas and Christopher Maloney.

You can follow George on Twitter at @George_UnionJ.

Last night he tweeted: "So upset about tonight. Don't even understand how Ella or James ended up in the bottom two...but I'd like to thank everyone who voted, as tonight showed, no one is safe."

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