Good luck on X Factor, says George Shelley's ex-college

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By The Bristol Post | Wednesday, November 07, 2012, 15:00

FORMER classmates of X Factor contestant George Shelley have been showing support for the rising star.

Students from Weston College's graphic design department, where George once studied, have made a banner and George face masks to cheer on their pal and his band Union J to stay in the hotly contested TV talent show. The band came back fighting this Sunday after a near-elimination last week, singing Taylor Swift's Love Story with George accompanying on guitar.

George, 19, from Clevedon, completed a BTEC extended diploma in graphic design at the college and auditioned for the show shortly afterwards. He got through the preliminary rounds but was ejected from the show's Boot Camp phase.

However, judge Louis Walsh intervened and asked him to join the three-piece Triple J.

The group were at the judges' houses stage, so singer and guitarist George travelled to Las Vegas to meet the rest of the band. They hit it off, changed their name to Union J and have wowed audiences ever since, attracting an army of fans not only in the UK, but also in America.

George said: "It was stressful coming in the bottom two last weekend but we survived and we worked really hard towards this week's show – so hard, in fact, that I've got a sore throat.

"We've so much support around the UK, but it's essential we get our home towns and places we're connected with behind us."

Sarah Clark, Weston College head of faculty for creative arts, said: "We wish him and the band the best of luck."

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