HIS X Factor dream may be over but Jordan Higo is planning his next move.
And after a stint on the hit ITV1 show, it may surprise some people.
For the 19-year-old former Newsome High School and Sports College student who reached the final stages of Britain’s biggest music competition, is planning on going back to college.
With his group new Nu Vibe, which included fellow Huddersfield singer Ashford Campbell, Jordan reached the final live stages of X Factor before the band were kicked out of the show.
This Sunday he will return to the stage to perform the show’s charity single with 11 other finalists.
Back home in Huddersfield the Crosland Moor Giants academy player has also been tipped for a career in professional rugby – a dream he’s had since long before his X Factor days.
Jordan, who starts his A-levels next year, tells the Examiner he had no expectations when he auditioned for X Factor early this year.
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The full back, who scored two tries on his Academy debut, says: “I’ve been playing rugby since I was six. That was my lifetime ambition. I thought I’d give X Factor a go for a little fun.”
Jordan hadn’t sang in public for years before his audition in Manchester. He joined the queue at 5.30am and it was 4pm before he took to the stage.
“There were people with musical instruments in the queue and I thought then I’d never get through because I’m not as musical, but I’d queued up so long I thought I might as well go for it.”
And with four celebrity judges and a 5,000-strong live audience watching, many would have gone into shell-shock. “There’s just a spotlight on you and there’s the judges and the audience. The person before me had a standing ovation and I didn’t think I could compete with that. There were plenty of nice looking girls in the audience to keep my eyes on though!
“ I sang Aloe Blacc’s I Need a Dollar and the judges asked me to do a slower song, so I sang Let It Be by The Beatles, I love both the songs and practised them before.”
Jordan received the thumbs-up from all four judges – Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowlands and Tulisa Contoslavlos – and went through to the bootcamp stage.