X Factor's Jordan Morris: "I saw knife and gun crime growing up"

Published Tuesday, Sep 30 2014, 11:03 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
X Factor contestant Jordan Morris has thanked his family for ensuring he didn't end up embroiled in a life of violence on the streets.

Jordan, who has made it to Judges' Houses with Mel B, grew up on an estate in London and says he witnessed both knife and gun crime taking place around him.

X Factor's Jordan Morris auditions for Mel B at Judges' Houses - 30 Sep 2014

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Recalling his childhood, he said: "There were a lot of influences and I was surrounded by a lot of negative activity. And I saw a lot of craziness. Knife crime, gun crime...

"A lot of the boys around [my estate] got tired of seeing their mum not being able to pay the bills and struggling, so they turned to crime.

"It's not a great place to be, but their intentions were to help their families and their only way was to turn to the streets. I think I was blessed to have a great upbringing in my house."

Jordan, 20, faces tough competition from the Boys' category - Andrea Faustini, Jake Quickenden, Paul Akister, Danny Dearden and Jack Walton - but he is determined to make it all the way.

Along with rap music, Jordan also aspires to be like Justin Timberlake.

Ahead of this weekend's Judges' Houses, he said: "I'm really ready for the pressures and responsibility."

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