Aston Iain Merrygold (born 13 February 1988 in Peterborough, England) is a British singer, songwriter, dancer and television personality.
He is best known for being a member of the British boyband JLS who were the runners-up to Alexandra Burke in the fifth series of The X Factor.
After a successful 7 years, JLS split on 22 December 2013. In 2013, Merrygold became a judge on the British dance talent show Got to Dance. In 2002, he entered Stars in Their Eyes where he appeared as Michael Jackson, singing "Rockin' Robin". He came in second. Shortly after Merrygold took on a job as entertainer at Pop Star Studios in Fletton Peterborough, eventually leaving to follow his musical career.
Merrygold performed in school productions and, after leaving school in 2004, was cast in a new ITV programme, Fun Song Factory longside Children's TV presenter Laura Hamilton.
As of November 2013, Aston is currently working on his debut solo album.
Aston grew up in Peterborough with his step Dad Orjan, Mum Siobhan and his half brother and sister Conor and Courtney. He attended Jack Hunt Secondary school. Aston moved to London for career options and to make rehearsals with JLS (known as UFO back then) easier. Aston is a supporter of Arsenal F.C.
Aston has numerous tattoos, including 3 stars behind his right ear, two stars on his pelvis, a music note between his shoulder blades and a sleeve which consists of a tattoo of Michael Jackson. In 2011, Aston's close childhood friend Lisa unfortunately died in a tragic accident. As a tribute to his late friend, Merrygold got her face tattooed on his forearm.
Two of his childhood friends are Olympic silver medalist Louis Smith and former Big Brother contestant JJ Bird. He cites Michael Jackson as his main inspiration as well as Justin Timberlake and Will Smith. Before The X Factor, Merrygold dated former The Bill and EastEnders actress Louisa Lytton.
As of Feb 2015, Merrygold is dating backing dancer Sarah Richards.
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