Backstage at The X Factor Boot Camp there’s a feeling of harmony as acts reveal everyone is getting on well, but four-piece band Only The Young admit this heaps on the emotional pressure for the next rounds.
“It doesn’t feel like a competition. It feels wrong to walk out on stage and compete with these people,” the band tells Radio Times.com.
Bandmates Charlie, Betsy, Parisa and Mikey are about to take part in Boot Camp, which if they make it past the fist hurdle – of performing with other contestants – it’s onto the dreaded Six Chair Challenge. This can literally see one act swapped out for another in front of a live Wembley Arena Audience as judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh decided who to take through to their individual Judges’ Houses.
“That’s what makes the emotion so much higher,” the band explains adding, “You feel like you’re taking someone’s opportunity away from them or you’re not having an opportunity because someone else is taking it away from you.
“To have that in the back of your mind constantly is more stress.”
The band appear to have hit the right notes with the judges, with Cowell saying he’d love to work with them. But if things don’t go their way, the band will be gracious in their defeat.
“I don’t feel I’d have a problem losing to anyone here, they’re all so incredibly talented,” Charlie says.
Missed Only the Young perform? Here they are auditioning for the first time: