Update: BOYBAND star Aston Merrygold will be joined by an old X Factor friend and Britain’s Got Talent stars at this summer’s sensational JLS show in Peterborough.
The ET can reveal that Diana Vickers – who shot to prominence on the same series of X Factor as JLS – along with dance troupe Diversity from Briatin’s got Talent will also be on the bill for the band’s special homecoming gig at the Embankment, Peterborough on July 18.
Diana, whose debut release, Once, is currently top of the mid-week singles charts, finished the 2008 series of the hit TV talent show at the semi-final stage.
Dance group Diversity won the 2009 series of Britain’s Got Talent, beating singer Susan Boyle into second place.
Meanwhile JLS, who are currently in Los Angeles working on material for their second album, stormed all the way to the final, before losing out to Alexandra Burke.
Diana said: “I am very excited to be playing with my fellow X-Factor peers JLS.
“They are great role models for me and I strive to be as successful as they are.
“I have never been to Peterborough, but I have heard it is a lovely place and am very much looking forward to playing there in July.”
It is expected that the show – dubbed the Sound City Festival – will attract around 20,000 people to the banks of the River Nene for what promises to be the biggest ever concert in the city.
Advance tickets for the show have been rapidly snapped up by JLS’ notoriously loyal fanbase since going on sale in January.
The show will be the first time that Aston, a former pupil of Jack Hunt School, in Netherton, has been able to perform in his home city since three shows at the city’s Club Metro venue last April.
A spokesperson for the company promoting the event, while refusing to confirm or deny that Ms Vickers would be at the show, said: “It’s been selling brilliantly.”
Other acts to perform at the event are yet to be confirmed.
However, another X Factor star Olly Murs, who lost out to Joe McElderry in final of last year’s show, recently told the ET of his desire to perform with JLS.
Speaking before his appearance at Liquid nightclub in February, he said; “If the opportunity to perform with JLS in Peterborough in the summer came up, them I would definitely take it.”
Tickets for the concert cost £28.50. To pre-book, visit www.heartpeterborough.co.uk or call 08712 200260.
FACTFILE... on Diana Vickers
WHILE Aston and co. have enjoyed huge success since leaving the show - with two number one singles, a number one album, two MOBO awards and two BRIT awards - Diana Vickers chose an alternative route to stardom.
Having been heavily tipped to sign with music mogul Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco, the Blackburn-born singer landed a deal with RCA Records in March 2009.
Since then, the 18-year-old has combined her time working on her debut album and starring on stage in London’s West End. From October to January, she played the title role in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice as the leading role of Little Voice, pictured left. However, Diana’s debut album, Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree, is set be released on May 3.
To support the release, she will be embark on a 10-date tour across the country, starting at the O2 Academy in Liverpool on May 8.