Union J song on X Factor dedicated to George Shelley's brother in Royal Marines
X Factor star George Shelley will be paying a special tribute to his brother this weekend when he takes to the stage of the TV talent show.
George, 19, of Clevedon, and his band Union J are dedicating their song this week as part of Best of British Week to his brother Will, who is in the Royal Marines.
The song – details of which are being kept a closely guarded secret – will also be a tribute to all of the British military.
The performance will be even more poignant as the band will be taking to the stage on the eve of Remembrance Sunday.
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Will, 23, has been in the Royal Marines for a number of years and has been on several tours of duty.
George’s mum, Toni Harris, 50, said: “George has a special place in his heart for the Royal Marines as his brother is a serving Royal Marines Commando.
“The theme of this weekend is Best of British and George and Union J feel that our forces are one of the best things about Britain.
“The band wanted to show the nation their respect for the Armed Forces on Remembrance weekend.
“I think it will be quite an emotional performance for George and the boys.
“As a family we all have the greatest of respect for the British military.”
Former Weston College student George has been busy rehearsing all week ready for Saturday’s live shows.
The band upped their game last week, performing Taylor Swift’s Love Story after finding themselves in the bottom two the previous week.
Toni watched Saturday night’s show at home with daughter Harriett, 16.
Toni said: “Fortunately Union J had their name called first at the Sunday night results show, which took away a lot of the tension.
“We were all delighted that they had made it through.
“We were watching the results show at home and there was one big cheer when it was announced that Union J had made it through.
“George said he was so relieved.
“Ahead of the show all George’s family and friends were busy networking and getting the message out for everyone to vote right up to the cut off point.
“The boys have been working so hard and although George is loving being in the competition, he is starting to feel the tension.
“The competition is really starting to hot up now and George and the band are just rehearsing like mad.”
Union J – mentored by judge Louis Walsh – are attracting a growing army of fans from right across the globe.
Posters have been put up across Clevedon and a special banner, made by mum Toni, goes up each weekend ahead of the live shows.
Toni added: “We want to thank everyone for their support.
“But we need everyone to keep voting to ensure Union J stay in the competition.”