Suffolk X Factor singer vows there is more to come from boy band

Jon Guelas (far right) with United Vibe Picture: SUPPLIED BY JON GUELAS

Jon Guelas (far right) with United Vibe Picture: SUPPLIED BY JON GUELAS - Credit: Archant

A Suffolk-based X Factor finalist has described his time on the hit reality show as “the best experience ever”.

Jon Guelas said mentor Robbie Williams was an "absolute legend" Picture: PA

Jon Guelas said mentor Robbie Williams was an "absolute legend" Picture: PA - Credit: Archant

Jon Guelas, who previously attended Samuel Ward Academy in Haverhill, said he wants to use this experience to propel himself to even greater heights.

The 18-year-old initially wowed judges on the ITV talent programme before he was placed into a new boy band called United Vibe, which was mentored by Robbie Williams.

After gaining a place in the live shows as part of the top 16 acts, United Vibe’s journey ended on week 3 of the X Factor.

Jon admitted the experience was a “rollercoaster of emotions” but said he wouldn’t have changed a thing.

“For me, it was the best experience ever,” Jon said. “We went through every emotion under the sun. The X Factor environment can be pressurised and mentally draining but we were like a little family living with the other contestants.

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“When you perform on the live shows, and everything you worked so hard towards comes off, it is the best feeling in the world.

“For anyone considering applying for The X Factor or indeed pursuing any dream they might have, I would just say ‘go for it’.”

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Jon, whose first ever live performance came at his school’s Year 11 leavers’ assembly, admitted that he kept his love of music a secret.

“I had always sang, but I was quite shy about it,” he said. “When I left college, I decided to take my music a bit more seriously.

“The X Factor experience has given me so much more confidence – it helped being part of the band rather than just as a soloist.”

Despite experiencing some tough comments from the judges, Jon said United Vibe feel they have a point to prove.

“United Vibe are definitely staying together,” he said. “We are currently in the recording studio and we have a few gigs coming up.

“Robbie Williams was an absolute legend and a great mentor and he has offered to help us going forward.

“We were such a new group that we didn’t feel we had the opportunity to show people what we can actually do. I think we all feel we have a point to prove.”

Jon, whose parents live just outside Haverhill, has also given his tip for who he thinks will be crowned champion ahead of the X Factor final on Saturday.

He added: “I really want Scarlett to win, but I think it will be Dalton who is an exceptional singer.”

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