A Fulham man and his bandmates are out to prove they have the X-Factor tonight after beating thousands of rivals to get to boot camp.
Oristé Williams, 21, an event management student from Carnwath Road, Fulham, founded his boyband Jack The Lad Swing (JLS) last year.
"I was singing on the live circuit and doing solo gigs before I found my bandmates through some mutual friends," he said. "We won best unsigned act at the Urban Music Awards last November and suddenly everyone wanted a piece of us."
Oristé, together with Marvin Humes, Aston Marrygold and JB Gill decided to try and get onto X-Factor after a fateful train journey.
"I was travelling with Aston to meet the other boys and we started talking about X-Factor," said Oristé. "When we got there, the lads said they had been thinking about something. They said: 'X-Factor'and we said 'absolutely'."
JLS took part in nationwide auditions involving 185,000 acts and were one of just 150 to make it through to X-Factor's Boot Camp.
"I think we've done pretty well but only time will tell," said Oristé.
As well as juggling a music career with study, Oristé looks after his mother who has multiple sclerosis.
"I want to go all the way and it means everything to me, but it would also change my mother's life forever," he said.
But, for now, Oristé and his band are soaking up the adoration of his former classmates at Larmenier and Sacred Heart Primary School, in Hammersmith Road, Hammersmith, where he gave the assembly onTuesday morning.
He will perform there today. "It used to be me sitting there listening to strangers when they came in to give assemblies and suddenly it was me doing the talking and the kids were going crazy. It was a real honour," he added. "My school contributed a huge amount to the person I am today."
The band has now moved onto the first rung of fame, being stopped in the supermarket.
"An old lady came up to me in Sainsbury's the other day and told me I had better win as she had spent her moneyvoting for me," said Oristé.