Aston Merrygold

Occupation: Singer

Nationality: British

Born: February 13, 1988 (27)

Aston Merrygold was catapulted to stardom in early 2008 when his band JLS auditioned for the fifth series of UK talent competition The X Factor. The four-piece group sailed through the various stages of the competition and under Louis Walsh's guidance ultimately finished as runners-up. Despite not winning the competition, the band later achieved numerous chart-topping singles and picked up a clutch of awards, including two BRITs.

Following JLS's split in late 2013, Merrygold is now embarking on a solo career, with his debut album Show Stopper due to be released in autumn 2015.
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