Fame beckons for Jay after X Factor stint

Jay Mac, from Banbury, who made it through to the boot camp stage of The X Factor. NNL-160410-100912001
Jay Mac, from Banbury, who made it through to the boot camp stage of The X Factor. NNL-160410-100912001
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A Banbury musician who writes his own songs has appeared on the X Factor.

Jay Mac, 26, a former student of Blessed George Napier School and Drayton School, made it through to the boot camp stage of the popular television programme.

Jay, who plays the guitar, received four ‘yes’ votes from judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh during the auditions where he performed Dreams, by Gabrielle.

After that, he went through to the bootcamp stage, which included the wall of songs where the contestants each have to pick a song and perform it with any other contestant that has picked the same song. Jay performed As Long as You Love Me with Stars in Their Eyes winner Roger Boyd. He was dropped just before the Six Chair Challenge.

Talking about the auditions, Jay said: “I am usually quite confident so it was fun. I managed to get through to the last 20 of my category out of 100,000 people. Some of us have had to be sacrificed, but I made a lot of contacts through it.”

Jay’s YouTube channel has got 150,000 views.

“I am trying to get more involved in music locally,” he added.

Jay is part of a group called Most Wanted, which tries to encourage young people to get into music.