Louis Walsh’s boy band Stereo Kicks, made up of Reece, Chris, James, Tom, Charlie, Barclay, Casey and Jake, haven’t had the easiest route to the X Factor live shows.
The eight singers that make up the band (which didn’t even have a name until the live shows started) were all solo singers given a ‘no’ during the arena stage. In classic X Factor style they were then gathered together and told they could have another chance as a band. Like One Direction and Little Mix before them.
Having had very little time to learn one another’s names, let along practice singing together, the band performed former champ Leona Lewis’s Run at Boot Camp and earned a seat in Team Walsh.
Following this success it was off to Bermuda to show off their skills to Louis and his guest mentor (and former full-time judge) Tulisa Contostavlos, choosing to put an eight-person spin on Justin Timberlake’s Mirrors.
It was enough to see the boys through to live shows where, with a little help from fans, they settled on the name Stereo Kicks.
The boys have had mixed comments about their size – even from their own mentor – but they soon silenced their critics with this mash-up of The Beatles tracks Let It Be and Hey Jude.
The boys have since been in the sing-off, but are determined to stick around in the competition, this weekend taking on Michael Jackson’s You Are Not Alone.
The X Factor continues this Saturday and Sunday at 8:00pm on ITV