X Factor: Humberston Cloverfields Primary School pupils pledge to help keep Micky Parsons' District 3 in competition
ARE these the biggest fans of Michael Parsons in the district?
Pupils at Humberston Cloverfields Primary school have pledged to do all they can to keep 18-year-old Micky and his band mates Greg and Dan from District 3 in the X Factor competition – after discovering he's a former pupil of the school
As reported, the popular boy band breezed through to the next round of the competition after performing their own R&B arrangement of Tina Turner's The Best.
And now, he and fellow contestant Ella Henderson have the backing of all the youngsters at his former school – who said it would be "a dream come true" if he were to return to perform there later in the competition.
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Micky, who was brought up in Cleethorpes, started his academic career at neighbouring Humberston C of E School.
However, music was always his passion and, before he had completed a year at the school, he transferred to Cloverfields, which was better equipped at the time to help him improve his drumming skills.
The school's current pupils were delighted to learn of their link to the band.
All the children said they have been watching the competition closely and said it was "very exciting" that local acts had come so far.
Freya Davies, 11, said: "We have finally found some talent from Lincolnshire. They have always been from Wales or London before."
Elsie Dixon, 10, added: "They both have really good voices," while classmate Hollie Winter, 10, added: "I have been voting for both of them."
However, there was a clear divide between the girls and their male classmates Will Staple, Jack Newman and Jacob Nearney, all 10.
The boys all believe that District 3 will be the eventual winners, with Will pointing out that while Ella may have a great voice, "she can't rap".
Although big fans of Ella, who they said had a "really good voice", Jack and Jacob even believe that the trio will go on to outshine one of the competition's biggest success stories, fellow boy band One Direction.
Holding one hand above his head, Will said: "District 3 will be here and One Direction will be down here," waving his other hand by his knees.
But the girls think that Ella will emerge as the X Factor champion – with District 3 coming a close second.
Freya added: "I think that Ella has got the voice to win it. Her first song was amazing."
And the youngsters are not the only ones getting excited about the band.
Pupils of Middlethorpe County Primary School have created a fan club to support District 3 – and all 207 pupils have signed up.
The support group was masterminded by Year-5 pupil Trafford Faulkner, 9, who is distantly related to Micky – and has even created his own Vote For District 3 posters for the Cleethorpes school.
He said: "I want to support Micky because he is from Cleethorpes and they deserve to win.
"He is a very nice person. I remember meeting him when I was younger, but I haven't seen him since he moved to Windsor.
"I think Micky's voice was the best when he sang at the judges houses in Las Vegas – they are the best boy band in the show.
"I have printed off lots of posters and I have even given some to parents so they can vote."
Fellow pupil Ruth Read, 9, is also giving her full support for District 3 to win the show.
She said: "They have got the potential to get to the finals because they have all got great vocals.
"It's great that Micky is from our area and we should all vote to support them during the live shows.
"They are my favourite act on the show."
Assistant head teacher Sue Storr said: "The whole school is getting behind Micky.
"The kids are so close-knit in this school and it is great to see they are getting together and coming up with some creative ideas with how to support local talent."
Part of the fan-club is Henry Ford, 9, who enjoys the band's performances because they "burst" onto stage.
"They all have strong voices and create a proper concert atmosphere when they burst onto stage," he said.