Who is Ricky John? X Factor 2018 contestant and carpenter from South West London

Here's all you need to know about this X Factor hopeful who got the Golden X Buzzer from Ayda during the Six Chair Challenge…

Who is Ricky John?

Ricky John was born in South West London in 1981.

His life took an unpredictable turn and he was forced to live homeless in the streets for years.

His determination saw him changing his life for the better this time.

37 -year-old Ricky got a job as a carpenter and a newborn baby that he adores.

For his first audition with the judges he very poignantly chose

Sam Cooke's Change is Gunna Come for the panel.

Who are this year's X Factor judges?

The judging panel for the fifteenth series of the show has seen a major overhaul.

Simon Cowell remains but all three other judges have been replaced.

That means that Nicole Scherzinger, Louis Walsh and Sharon Osbourne are no longer on the panel.

Instead they have been replaced by Louis Tomlinson, Robbie Williams and his wife Ayda Field. Sharon Osbourne will also help out during the live shows.

When is The X Factor 2018 on?

The X Factor made its big return on Saturday, September 1, at 8pm on ITV.

It was be followed by another show on Sunday at the same time.

After the first week, it will air every Saturday and Sunday from then on.

Last year's contest was won by Rak-Su who triumphed in the final over Grace Davies.

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