X Factor 2012: Jake Quickenden inspired by his late father

Jake Quickenden (X Factor 2012)

X Factor wannabe Jake Quickenden has said he was inspired to perform by his late dad.

The 23-year-old told The Sun today how his father Paul's passion for music had made him take up the guitar.

Paul sadly died from cancer aged just 52 four years ago.

“When my dad died I was 19, and it was pretty hard," the lifeguard confessed. “I had moved out to Australia to play football and was pretty much professional but I came home after about six months because my dad got poorly.

"I wish he could have seen me on this show because he never got a chance. He always liked me to sing but he never saw me play guitar and he never heard any of my songs I wrote.

“I’ve been playing guitar for three years and he’s been gone four. He loved to hear me sing all the time.”

Jake won rave reviews from The X Factor judges on Saturday night after his performance of Use Somebody by Kings Of Leon.

But he revealed he had originally planned to sing a song written in dedication to his father.

Jake said: “I’ve written one song about him. It was one of my choices for the first audition but I went for the other song instead.

“I never wanted to go in with the whole sob story thing because I want to be recognised for my music and stuff like that.”

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