Jake Quickenden



Contestant Profile
Birth Date 3 September 1988
'Age 28
Hometown Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, UK
Occupation Former lifeguard
Former footballer
Television personality


Category Boys
Mentor Nicole Scherzinger
Placement Judges' Houses


Category Boys
Mentor Mel B
Placement 12/16
Jacob "Jake" Quickenden (born 3 September 1988) is an English singer and television personality from Scunthorpe who finished in 12th place in Series 11 of The X Factor.  He was a part of the Boys category, mentored by Mel B.

The X Factor

He first auditioned for the show in 2012, where he sang "Use Somebody" and received four yeses from the judges. In bootcamp, he 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 where he was in the Boys category mentored by Nicole Scherzinger. However, he was not selected for the live shows.

He returned two years later for Series 11 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.

In the arena audition, he performed "Who You Are" by Jessie J. Quickenden received good comments from the judges. Head judge Simon Cowell commented that he was not a big fan of previous contestants returning since there was usually a reason for them being sent home, but said that he was not judging in the 2012 series and that Quickenden should not have been eliminated. The judges decided to put him through to bootcamp. He was again in the "Boys" category with Mel B as his mentor.

In the six-chair challenge of bootcamp, 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.

In week 3 he landed in the Bottom 2 against group Only The Young and was eliminated, with only his mentor voting to save him.


Post The X Factor

Beginning on 20 November 2014, he took part in 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. He finished the show as runner-up to Carl 'Foggy' Fogarty.

He has released two EPs and several singles independently.



  • I Want You (2015)
  • New Chapter (2016)


  • I Want You (2015)
  • Blindfold (2016)
  • Can't Stand the Rain (2016)
  • Feel My Love (2016)
  • Get Away with Me (feat. Bailey McConnell)
Series 11 Finalists
Andrea FaustiniBen HaenowBlonde ElectraChloe JasmineFleur EastJack WaltonJake QuickendenJay JamesLauren PlattLola SaundersOnly The YoungOverload GenerationPaul AkisterStephanie NalaStereo KicksStevi Ritchie

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