Former X Factor singer Jake Quickenden to join Hollyoaks cast ahead of stunt week

Jake has swapped singing for soaps as he joins the Channel 4 show following last year's rumours...

Former X Factor singer Jake Quickenden is set to join the Hollyoaks cast.

Jake, who has appeared on a number of other reality shows since first finding fame on the ITV talent series, will be joining the show later this year to play the role of a builder.

According to The Sun, the 30-year-old’s episodes will air throughout autumn – and may tie in with stunt week.

Last year, he was rumoured to be appearing on the Channel 4 soap and told Lorraine Kelly during an appearance on her chat show that he would “jump” at the opportunity if asked.

“You know what I’m just so happy to get amazing opportunities handed to me,” he said.

“I used to work in McDonalds and now I’m doing an interview in my bed. If something like Hollyoaks came up I would jump on it, that’s all I’ll say.”

The singer first appeared on The X Factor in 2012 when he got to the judges houses stage, but Nicole Scherzinger ended up picking This Morning and Big Brother host Rylan Clark over him.

Jake returned to the ITV show in 2014 and made it through to the live shows, but was axed from the competition in the third week.

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He went on to release an EP titled I Want You in 2015 and an album the following year.

In 2014, Jake also headed into the I’m A Celebrity Get Out Me Out Of Here jungle and finished in second place.

He appeared on Dancing on Ice last year alongside professional skater Vanessa Bauer, and the pair went on to win the show.

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