Former Weston College student George Shelley through to next round of X Factor

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By Prue_Reid | Sunday, October 14, 2012, 14:36

 X Factor hopeful George Shelly is through to the next round with his band Union J of the top talent-finding  television show.

George, aged 19, is a former pupil of Nailsea and Clevedon primary schools and Weston College.

With his bandmates the popular local boy performed a medley of former X Factor winner Leona Lewis's Bleeding Love mixed with Nelly Furtado's Broken Strings for the TV talent show's Love And Heartbreak theme week.

And their performance impressed the judges with their mentor Louis Walsh telling them: "You look like a pop group and bring something to the show –excitement.

"You could be the next big boy band in the UK if you work hard."

Judge Tulisa said: "That was much better than last week, a much better song choice and most importantly, I could hear the vocals.

"You have a lot of potential to do well in this competition and you have a strong female following."

Head judge Gary Barlow had previously criticised the band's mentor Louis Walsh last week for his song choice – Queen's Don't Stop Me Now – for the band.

Gary said: "That was a total transformation from last week

"Louis really let you down last week. Well done tonight."

Pussycat Doll and judge Nicole Scherzinger praised the boys performance and said: "I hate to be the one to break it to you, but you got everything right this week.

"If you keep going on performing like this you will be selling out the O2 (arena)."

George said in an interview before their performance that the band had watched back last week's performance, when they sang the Queen classic and it had been 'work, work, work' running up to the second live show.

His family has been busy drumming up support for George in his home town of Clevedon.

His mum Toni Harris, 50, has made posters that she has put up in Clevedon's shops, pubs and takeaways.

The whole family, including George's sister Harriet, 16, grandparents Dave and Ann Harris and grandma Dianne Shelley have also been wearing Union J T-shirts to support the boys.

George, who attended Golden Valley Primary School in Nailsea and then Yeo Moor Primary School in Clevedon, has always been interested in music.

His mum remembers him singing along to the Black Eyed Peas aged ten, and at 13 he was bought his first guitar by his grandad.

He went on to attend Kings of Wessex School in Cheddar, where he performed in various school productions including Animal Farm and Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.

"I'm so proud of him," said Ms Harris, who lives in Somerset Road.

George still has family in Nailsea as his cousin Sid is a Year 11 pupil at Nailsea School. 

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