A serving solder and X Factor star, who has just returned from Afghanistan, has announced plans to record his debut album.

Since leaving the series in the first ‘live shows’ last October, Jonjo Kerr has been a guest vocalist on the number one Military Wives album, In My Dreams, and has been serving in Afghanistan.

Jonjo, from Chorley, has just returned from his tour of duty as a private in Corunna Company 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment.

The former Albany High School pupil joined the Army in 2009 and has two sons, Bradley, seven, and Dominic, 15 months, with wife Melissa.

He is now scheduled to go into the studio to record his debut album. His manager Dean Maynard said: “He’s getting back into his music career and he’s excited that Grammy and Ivor Novello award winner, Eliot Kennedy, is going to produce the album. It will have a release date set for next spring.

“Kennedy built up his own reputation whilst working as songwriter and producer for some of the world’s biggest bands, such as the Spice Girls, Take That and Bryan Adams.”

Jonjo became a household name thanks to his appearance on the X Factor in 2011.

After a nervous first audition, he eventually made it on to the live shows.

Along with the other finalists, he had his first number one success, with their version of Wishing on a Star.

Before leaving for Afghanistan, Jonjo was given the honour of switching Chorley’s Christmas lights display on.