Jake Quickenden of X Factor says: 'People ask how it feels to be a celebrity but I'm just a normal guy'
A singer has insisted he will not let success go to his head after achieving overnight fame on television's The X Factor.
Jake Quickenden, 24, of Bottesford, wowed the celebrity panel of judges with his audition performance of Use Somebody by the Kings of Leon.
Millions of viewers nationwide saw him unanimously voted through to the boot camp stage of the talent contest.
Since the audition was shown on television, Jake, a lifeguard at the Pods in Scunthorpe, has been busy answering the messages of his thousands of new fans.
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But after cruising through to the next round, he said music remained his main priority.
He said: "I am enjoying every step of the way but for me, it is all about music, getting my music out and, hopefully, getting a music career.
"People are asking how does it feel to be a celebrity but I am just a normal guy.
"All I have done is had a five-minute clip on The X Factor.
"But some of the comments are so nice and everybody has been class about everything."
Jake was contacted by hundreds of people through social networking site Twitter after the programme, shown on Saturday, September 1.
And the lifeguard admitted his life had been hectic since then.
He said: "I haven't had time to breathe. All I have done is tweet people back who are being nice to me, talk to other people and I have not stopped smiling.
"I went to a concert in Lincoln on Sunday night and people were asking me for photos straight away.
"It is blowing me away that people are recognising me."
Television viewers saw Jake receive high praise from judges Gary Barlow, Tulisa, Louis Walsh and guest judge Mel B.
Take That star Gary told him: "Jake, I thought that was great.
"I love your voice, I love your image, I thought it was a great song choice for your audition today.
"You were fantastic – well done."
After watching the show, Jake, who celebrated his 24th birthday on Monday, September 3, said: "I felt a bit sick watching it to be honest, but it went really well.
"I came across like I wanted to and it was really good."
Reflecting on the judges' reaction, he said: "I wasn't expecting that at all and every one of them gave me a nice comment, which I couldn't have asked for any more than."
The X Factor is screened on Saturday evenings on ITV1.