X Factor 2012: Louis Walsh explains Union J and Times Red at judges' houses!

Louis Walsh (X Factor 2012)

Louis Walsh has revealed just what went on at The X Factor judges' houses this year that saw him end up with seven groups!

On last night’s The X Factor, the acts going through to Judges Houses were revealed as Simon Cowell told the judges just which category they'd be mentoring for the rest of the series.

Gary Barlow will be hoping to make something of the Over 28s, Nicole Scherzinger has the Boys, Tulisa screamed as she found she had the Girls and finally Louis Walsh, as ever, has the Groups.

Since Bootcamp was filmed in Liverpool back in august, group of three, Rough Copy have left the competition after being unable to attend filming for judges' houses in Las Vegas due to Visa issues.

“When Rough Copy left, I found it difficult to choose between two groups to fill their place," Louis Walsh explained today. "In the end I invited boyband Triple J to come to Judges Houses, but still felt that as I’d lost such a strong group in Rough Copy that I wanted to make sure the category was the best it could possibly be.

“I asked Gary, Nicole and Tulisa if they minded if I took a seventh act. They were happy as they felt they’d got the right six acts for their Judges Houses trips so I asked Times Red to come along and they said yes.”

Louis, being the boy band expert he is, also decided that Triple J could do with a bit of a shake up, and invited asked George Shelley (who left the competition at Bootcamp) if he’d like to join JJ, Josh and Jaymi in the band.

On George joining the group, Louis added: “George loved the idea and as the boys knew him from Bootcamp they were really happy for him to join them. The group then came up with a new name and they are now called Union J.”

Union J commented: “We couldn’t believe it when we got the call about going to Judges Houses and of course we jumped at the chance. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. We’re so happy to be a four piece too. The group feels so right together, it feels like we’ve been together for years!”

And Times Red added: “We are beyond excited about having a second chance. We have nothing to lose so we’re going all out to impress in Vegas.”

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