VIDEOS: Scunthorpe singer Jake Quickenden applying for 2013 X Factor
SINGER Jake Quickenden is applying for this year's X Factor series – and believes it will be "make or break" for his music career.
Having narrowly missed out on the live shows in last year's ITV series, Jake, of Scunthorpe, is still deciding whether to audition again.
He has applied for the 2013 series, but, even if selected, has not yet decided whether to attend the auditions when they start.
Last year, Jake impressed judges in first auditions and boot camp, but missed out on the live shows when Nicole Scherzinger chose not to take him through from the judges' houses section of the competition.
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Now, with this year's auditions due to start soon, Jake is still undecided on what to do.
He said: "I've had a whole year gigging. Part of me thinks it wouldn't hurt to have one last crack at it, but other parts feel like I should concentrate on going to the studio.
"People have mostly been telling me on Twitter to go on and try again. I feel like I could have done better last year. I don't think I took it seriously enough. This year I think I'd give it a really good go.
"I think, if I did go back on the show, my focus would be better. Last year there were better people than me, but I feel my head is a lot clearer.
"I do feel like I've learnt a lot. My nerves are better when I perform. Nicole's comments before, saying I wasn't ready, were right. I probably wasn't ready. If I did go back on, but didn't make it, it would be tough to take because it would be the second big blow.
"If I go back, it will be make or break."
Since appearing on the show last year, Jake has recorded two singles and released them on iTunes.
He has also accumulated more than 100,000 followers on social networking site Twitter, many of whom want to see him back on the X Factor.
"It has been mental on Twitter," he said.
"I just didn't expect so much support. I am really grateful. It might be a help if I go back on the show that I've managed to get this fan base. The response on Twitter to my songs has been great. I have even been on a few radio stations and had my songs played.
"I'm writing much better songs now. I feel like my voice has got loads better and I've realised that I want it even more."
Jake has managed to stay in touch with many of the contestants from last year's X Factor series.
He said: "Since being on the show last year, I have seen Rylan (Clark) a few times and done a gig with him. I have also kept in contact with Lucy Spraggan, Times Red and Adam Burridge."
Visit www.thisis scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk to watch videos of Jake performing.