Jacob Quickenden is an English singer and reality television personality.
He was a contestant on the ninth and eleventh series of The X Factor in 2012 and 2014, before being runner-up in series 14 of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! in December 2014.
After taking part in I’m a Celebrity, Quickenden met Carl Fogarty’s daughter, Danielle and they have been in a relationship since December 2014.
Quickenden was a lifeguard in his hometown of Scunthorpe, alongside a career as a semi-pro footballer.
Quickenden plays football, mainly as a winger or forward. He began his football career as a youth player for Scunthorpe United but suffered a broken leg, ending his chances with his hometown club.
Following recovery he was offered trials in Australia with Bentleigh Greens and Sunshine George Cross, eventually playing professionally in Australia for two years. He then returned to England and went on to play for Frickley Athletic in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, Premier Division.
Most recently he played for Lincolnshire club Bottesford Town in the Tool Station Northern Counties East Football League. He recently turned down the opportunity to play for Gainsborough Trinity, apparently due to interest from other clubs.
Quickenden auditioned at the 2012 series of The X Factor, where he sang Use Somebody and received four yeses from the judges. In boot camp, he and along with fellow contestants Adam Burridge and Robbie Hance sang How to Save a Life. The judges decided to put him through to judges’ houses but after the audition, Scherzinger decided not to put Quickenden through.
In 2014, Quickenden once again auditioned for the eleventh series of The X Factor, where he sang All of Me, but was stopped and asked to perform his second song, Say Something. Quickenden received positive comments from the judges for his second song and gave him four yeses to proceed to the next round. He was again in the “Boys” category with Mel B as his mentor. In the six-chair challenge of boot camp, Quickenden sang A Thousand Years and his mentor gave him a chair and proceeded to the next round.
At judges’ houses, he sang Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic and was put through to the live shows along with Andrea Faustini and Paul Akister where he stayed until he was eliminated in the third live show.
Beginning on 20 November 2014, Quickenden took part in the fourteenth series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, entering the jungle on Day 5 of the competition with former politician Edwina Currie.
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