If you have been watching ITV1’s X-Factor you would have seen a group of 5 talented guys from the London Community Gospel Choir line up, entering as a newly formed group called BEKLN.
BEKLN is made up of Nathaniel McIntosh, 29,Baison Kugz, 31, Kadeem St Clair, 22, Lawrence Rowe, 22 and Emmanuel Onafowokan, 27. The group met in the choir and they are also friends with Silver Tone, another girl group from LCGC competing for the X-Factor. As part of the choir they have done backing vocals for a range of people including Sam Smith, Madonna and Will Young. As well as being part time singers, Lawrence and Kadeem are students, while Emmanuel is an Accounts Assistant, Nathaniel is a data and document manager, and Baison is a social worker.
BEKLN’s quick fire questions with Talk Talk TV: http://www.itv.com/xfactor/backstage/belkin-havva-rebke-and-jade-mcguire-on-the-spot-with-more-quick-fire-questions
BEKLN slapped a big smile on Simons face with their opening performance of James Bay’s ‘Hold Back the River’, a version never heard before with so much soul and those signature LCGC gospel harmonies. This secured their spot at Bootcamp.
BEKLN’s first audition: http://www.itv.com/xfactor/audition/theres-no-holding-back-bekln-james-bay-hold-back-the-river
BEKLN joined fellow contestants Bupsi, Jennifer Phillips, Stephanie Beeby and Israel Allen for the bootcamp group task and performed a rendition of Tina Turner’s ‘Proud Mary ’. Again, the judges were blown away and sent BEKLN through to join 13 other groups in the competition for the next stage, the 6 Chair Challenge.
The Group Challenge at Bootcamp: http://www.itv.com/xfactor/audition/jennifer-bekln-bupsi-stephanie-and-isreal-take-on-proud-mary-amen
The group are still in the competition and we are all rooting for our LCGC brothers to go all the way! Please show your support by following BEKLN:
Instagram & Twitter: @BEKLNofficial
Don’t forget to use the tag #TeamBEKLN to show your friends who you support!
Tune in every week on ITV1 on Sunday at 7pm!