X Factor talent Jake Quickenden doing his family proud but there are mixed emotions
The mother of X Factor star Jake Quickenden says his talent show success has given the family a "boost" following their emotional roller coaster over the past few weeks.
The Quickenden family have found themselves juggling Jake's new-found fame on the ITV show with the emotions felt with the loss of his brother Oliver, who recently passed away after battling Osteosarcoma – a rare bone cancer.
But one thing his family and friends share with the memory of Oliver, is a sense of pride in Jake's showbiz success.
Jake has made it to the last six of the boys' section competing at judges' houses for a place in the live shows.
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Watched by millions on both X Factor and This Morning, his mum Lisa Quickenden says Jake's success is still sinking in.
She said: "Our life is a roller coaster at the moment with a lot of highs and then some real low points.
"I was really proud when Jacob asked me to go to his This Morning interview.
"It was quite surreal and a really lovely day.
"The attention Jacob is getting is unbelievable and none of us can comprehend it.
"He is just an ordinary lad and we are all very proud.
"His little brother Oliver would have been proud as punch and his older brother Adam is totally made up for him.
"The show has given us all a boost – we always watch it together."
Jake will now have to impress the boys' mentor, singer Nicole Scherzinger, to make it through to the live shows.
Without giving too much away about how far he gets in the contest, Jake, 24, said: "I watched the show on Saturday and even though I knew I got through I was still very nervous.
"Boot camp was tiring and emotional. I looked like a zombie at the end of it, I was so pale. I am sure they announced my name last because I looked so nervous.
"It was very scary but I was so happy to get through."
Aside from singing, one of Jake's favourite pastimes is playing striker in the Scunthorpe Sunday League.
And his EJ Galaxy teammates are rooting for him.
Fellow footballer and close friend Ben Ibrahim said: "I'm absolutely buzzing for Jake.
"He has done amazing to get this far. We are all really proud of him.
"Jake has got all the talent in the world.
"On the football pitch he is a very quick and skillful footballer." "
Team player Mick Gray said: "Jake is a great footballer who I have played alongside for years and he has never passed to me once. But he is a true star and I am really proud of him."
Teammate John Gouldthorp said: "We have encouraged him to audition for the show for the last few years and always knew his talent and character would get him through to the final stages of the competition."
And another team member David Gough added: "The more the public see of Jake the more they will love him. He is doing Scunthorpe proud.
"Jake would be as good at football as he is singing if he learnt to pass the ball," he joked.
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