The Mend are a singing group that made it to the final as the wildcard act in Series 6 of Britain's Got Talent, after originally being voted out in the semis. The members of the group are Kris Evans, Dean Kelly, Jay Kontzle and Craig Worsley.
Before their audition a VT was shown of somewhere nearby the groups home with one member stating that each of the band members were from a council estate, and that people in that group members location were in debt and swung to crime despite the fact it were not what they had wanted to do. Another member then stated that the group members had done stuff they regretted in the past, however their past were in the past. Jay then stated that the group all had problems at home and strived to achieve playing music until their problems were sorted out. Another member of the group then concluded that they had been gigging anywhere at charity events, gigs, schools, and clubs however auditioned for BGT as they wanted to be known and show everyone what they could do despite their pasts.
In their audition, they performed '(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay' by Otis Redding. Alesha described the group's performance as 'fantastic', adding the fact that she 'loved the harmonies' and that the 'rapping was wicked'. Simon added his belief that the group possessed 'great chemistry'. They advanced onto the following round, before they later reached the Semi-Finals.
In the semi-finals, they performed both '(I Just) Died in Your Arms' by Cutting Crew and 'Written in the Stars' by Tinie Tempah, as the group blended the rap portions of the latter song with the former song. They advanced onto the Judges Vote and received two votes from Simon & Alesha, whereas David & Amanda voted for their opposition Only Boys Aloud sending the vote to deadlock. It was revealed that Only Boys Aloud had placed second in the earlier Public Vote, and that The Mend had placed third, therefore originally sending The Mend home, however they later received the shows first ever wildcard and advanced onto the Final.
In the Final, they performed 'Without You' from the Musical Ghost, as several people danced behind them as they performed and flashing lights were being shone around the stage. The group concluded the competition in 7th place.
The quartet originally auditioned for The X Factor in 2011 but failed to get any further than bootcamp, due to having a management deal at the time.
The Mend were one of the supporting acts for Little Mix on their 2013 DNA tour, with the other two supporting acts being ReConnected, & Loveable Rogues. They released their debut single "Where Were You" on March 24th 2013. The single reached #67 in the Official Singles Chart. In July 2013, they embarked on their first headline tour, performing in Birmingham, London and Manchester. Their next single was "Oxygen" and by September 2013 they were in the studio recording their debut album. It was announced that The Mend were back in the studios recording their next debut album between 2015 and 2016, yet by this point had renamed themselves Race The Horizon. Between 2017 and 2018 Jay Kontzle worked as a teaching assistant, it was somewhere in between this point that he auditioned for the role of Billy Fletcher in ITV soap opera Emmerdale, later getting casted for the role. In December 2018 Kontzle began playing the role of Billy Fletcher in Emmerdale. On Monday 21st December 2020 Jay competed upon 'The Big Soap Quiz Coronation St V Emmerdale' as part of the Emmerdale team.