X Factor 2012: Jake Quickenden insists he doesn't want sympathy votes

Jake Quickenden (X Factor 2012)

X Factor wannabe Jake Quickenden has insisted he doesn't want sympathy votes on the show.

The 23-year-old lifeguard wowed the panel on Saturday night's show with a performance of Use Somebody to make it through to bootcamp.

However press reports this week have seen stories about the tragic death of Jake's dad Paul from cancer four years ago, and the diagnosis of his brother Oliver with a rare type of bone cancer soon after.

Jake told The Sun that he had hoped to sing a self-penned track in memory of his dad, but opted to instead focus on his voice.

He 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."

A spokesperson for The X Factor commented this week: "Oliver and Jake are best friends and, of course, Jake's family is his first priority.

"But he wants his voice to do the talking on this show."

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