They are the eight lads winning your hearts on the show, so we thought we’d better find out a bit more about Stereo Kicks' time so far on The X Factor.
Meet (l-r top row) Barclay, Chris, James, Reece, Jake and Tom (bottom row l-r) Casey and Charlie.
How has the experience been so far? Chris Amazing – it’s tough, it’s not easy but we’re having the time of our lives doing it so we’re not going to complain.
How are you coping with all the comments about there being too many of you? James Well, from our point of view, we believe in the eight of us and it’s got a unique selling point, it’s different and we’re going to back it all the way. People are entitled to their own opinions and some people don’t like something different, but we are going to try and change those people’s minds. Casey Obviously the first few weeks didn’t go to plan as we ended up in the bottom two but from now on it’s onwards and upwards for us. We want to raise the bar every week. Chris Some of the best ideas get put down because people say they aren’t going to work and it ends up being one of the best things to happen. It could be the same for us. Jake Plus if we were a five piece, people would just say we were copying One Direction, as an eight piece you can’t compare us to One Direction. We are completely different to every other band in the world.
What has been the best thing so far? Reece I think probably the rehearsals with the 31-piece band has been the best. Standing in the room with a band that’s bigger than us for once was absolutely crazy. Chris We were trying to set the new world record for most people on stage performing (laughs) Barclay It really was overwhelming walking into that room with them all playing.
So in the contestants’ house, what’s going on in the Stereo Kicks room? Tom What’s NOT going on is a better question! At times it is like a zoo –not just the smell but the noise, well the smell as well and as it’s getting colder we can’t open the windows. It’s all fun though, even going to bed, nobody wants to go to sleep, everyone is so excited and the things we’re doing everyday too. Plus we are in a room with our mates – it’s like a giant sleepover everyday of the week.
Has it been hard with Charlie not being able to come to everything because of his age? All No not at all Reece I think it’s more frustrating for him, because he has to have a day off every week and on that day we might be filming or going somewhere like The Hunger Games premiere, but Charlie is always there when we need him. James And he deals with it so well for a 14-year-old, he doesn’t moan, he doesn’t fuss, he turns up and does the job brilliantly. Chris I don’t think some of us could deal with it as well as Charlie does. Charlie cracks jokes about it all the time. Charlie It is hard when I see the lads out doing stuff without me but they never let me feel left out at all.
Any arguments over outfits yet? Casey Well, I’ll be honest, everyone calls me Princess but I like to look good, Tom is like that as well. Simon Cowell came to the house one day and actually said to us ‘if you’re not happy with the outfits then you need to say’ so we do.
How have you found it going from being solo artists to a group? Casey At the start it was a bit like everyone finding their feet. Barclay But it is exciting, there’s so much going for us. James For us it’s all so fresh, we’re trying to work it together too – it’s really cool. Chris I think people forget we have been put together and only for three months and we’re still working things out, and still getting our sound. We’re also getting closer every week too, because if you asked any of us if we’d go back to being solo or would we stay in the group, we wouldn’t even take a second to decide. We would all stay together as a band. Casey Even things like last night Tom was playing the guitar and me and James were just singing along, you wouldn’t do stuff like that if you were on your own. Charlie We are having such a good time together, don’t want this to end at all.