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Jack and Joel win X Factor wildcard

Masorti youth leader's father urges public to watch and cast votes in Sunday night’s live show


A little part of Sunday night's X Factor will be Masorti after Jack and Joel were voted in as wildcard entrants to the live show.

The duo – who met while studying at Oxford University – will singing for viewers’ votes on ITV tonight in the hope of staying in the competition, after being eliminated earlier on.

Jack Remington and Joel Fishel, both aged 22, had already amassed hundreds of thousands of hit online for their musical mash-up videos before they entered the X Factor.

Their medley of all the UK’s number one hits in 2016 attracted millions of views on Facebook.

Joel spent a summer as a youth leader with Noam, the Masorti youth movement.

Joel’s father Daniel Fishel told the JC: “Joel and I belonged to New North London Synagogue in Finchley and Joel was very involved, as a madrich, in Noam for several years.

“He's proud of his Jewish roots and all the strong friendships he's made along the way, through the community and thanks to Rabbi Wittenberg, of course.”

He met Jack after being accepted to study mathematics at Oxford. Both were members of Out of the Blue, the all-male a cappella group associated with the university.

They impressed X Factor judges with their Ed Sheeran mash-up when the hit music show returned this autumn.

After a public vote held this week Jack and Joel won of the four coveted spots for a live performance on this Sunday's show.

Daniel Fishel urged everyone to watch on TV tonight.

“We'd love to feel everyone's continuing support. There's only about a twelve-minute window in which to vote so please have your phones on your laps whilst watching tonight,” he said.

Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne are the judges in the competition, which airs on Saturday and Sunday nights on ITV.

Jack and Joel appear on tonight’s X Factor at 7pm on ITV

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