Aston Merrygold and JLS: X Factor and beyond

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Peterborough singing star Aston Merrygold and his fellow band mates in JLS were runners-up in the in ITV's The X Factor talent contest in 2008; the band's first single comes out in July 2009.

Peterborough singing star Aston Merrygold and his fellow band mates in JLS were runners-up in the in ITV's The X Factor talent contest in 2008; the band's first single comes out in July 2009.JLS (Jack The Lad Swing) are: Marvin Humes, 23; Jonathan "JB" Gill, 21; Ortise Williams, 21 and Aston Merrygold, 20 from Peterborough. Each member is represented by their own colour, blue (Aston), yellow (JB), green (Marvin) and red (Oritse).

14 July 2009: Video: Hundreds of fans at JLS's Beat Again record signing at HMV in Peterborough.

Video: Fans queue overnight for chance to see JLS at record signing.

23 June 2009: Video: JLS boys on the 'Beat Again' for Peterborough fans: new single launch.

Timeline - JLS in X Factor:

JLS's journey: So near to X Factor glory.

15 December:

Aston's X Factor journey: You did us proud.

Astons' proud mum thanks the city for showing support.

13 December:

Video: The night Aston came so close to X Factor glory.

In pictures: X Factor final party was jam-packed.

JLS runners-up in X Factor final, plus video messages of support for the band.

12 December:

Is Aston hours away from the big time?

9 December:

Video: JLS whip Aston's school into a frenzy.

8 December:

Aston begins biggest week of his life back where it all began.

6/7 December:

JLS will perform in city after maikng it through to the final.

2 December:

Poster campaign supporting X Factor's Aston.

1 December:

Peterborough power has helped JLS move one step closer to fulfilling their X Factor dream – according to Aston Merrygold's mum.

26 November:

Vote Aston into X Factor's final.

24 November:

Now we must all back JLS and Aston (22 comments)

BKK comments: "As much as I hope JLS do well, I think there are better acts left in the competition.", Have your say.

22 November

Aston reveals his bullying torment.

JLS backed by former X Factor finalists

Same Difference, who reached last year's X Factor final, have given 20-year-old Aston and the rest of JLS bandmates the thumbs up.

27 October:

X Factor Aston's 'toughest show', Stephen Briggs.

Aston Merrygold's mum told of her worry that her son was about to be voted off the hit TV talent contest X Factor.

Elsewhere online:

YouTube video: X Factor 2008 - JLS Audition.

YouTube video: JLS at Jack Hunt school.

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25 October:

X Factor star Aston has chart-topper in sight, Nick Reinis

Aston Merrygold would never have dreamed of have a number one single just a few short weeks ago.

15 October:

Aston defends TV judge Louis, Tara Dundon.

Aston Merrygold has hit out at claims his X Factor mentor - Louis Walsh - has no faith in boy band JLS to win the talent show.

13 October

X-actly what we want as Aston gets through, Nick Reinis.

Aston Merrygold has spoken of his delight after JLS sailed through the first live show of this year's X Factor.

11 October:

Siobhan has spoken of her immense pride in her son Aston.

ET Comment: Aston's X-Factor dream.

7 October:

X Factor star Aston honoured to support our heroes, Ed O'Mara.

Aston says he is "honoured" to be doing his bit for British troops after recording a charity single destined for the top of the charts.

6 October:

Aston's vow to Peterborough fans, Ed O'Mara.

Aston Merrygold stormed through the final rounds of the X Factor and has promised Peterborough viewers his best is yet to come.

4 October:

Aston's big moment as judges select finalists, Ed O'Mara.

Watch video of pupils from Jack Hunt School show their support for Aston and JLS.

25 September:

Boot camp Aston a step from X-Factor stardom, Mark Lewis.

Your views on Aston and JLS

Sue Lord (32), from Gunthorpe, said:

"I probably won't be supporting JLS because I don't think they're that good. They were a bit bad on Saturday. I'm supporting Eoghan."

Kirsty Chapman-Thorn (29) from Peterborough, said:

"I will definitely be supporting JLS, especially since we found out he was from Peterborough. My eight-year- old son wants an Aston jumper ."

Peterborough City Council chief executive Gillian Beasley said:

"I will be supporting JLS on Saturday night. All of us in the city feel like we have a connection with Aston. I really hope they have a future career ."

Elaine Kirk, from Boston, said:

"I won't be supporting them, I'm supporting Alexandra. But I would like them to get to the final."

JLS should never have been in the bottom two. The people of Peterborough should be voting for one of their own.

Good luck Aston/JLS. I hope you go on to win.

Margaret Mckernan

Come on guys yooh can do it what eva happens the people in Peterborough will all ways love yooh just put a bit more in to it and use the hole stage every one will be voting JLS

Come on bois yooh are the best

We love yooh Sophie and Kayleigh xox xox xox xox xox