X Factor 2012: Union J hit out at One Direction comparisons

Union J

X Factor stars Union J have hit back at claims suggesting they're the "new One Direction".

The foursome, who like One Direction before them were formed by the judges, have certainly seemingly captured the teenage market just like 1D

The group said: "It's quite a big responsibility we have to take on. Now we've been compared to them, if we don't get anywhere near that success, then we're just going to feel stupid."

They added: "We're not really like them. I think it's just because we're a boyband and we've done X Factor and we've almost been put together by the X Factor. I think that's the only thing."

That said the boys weren't going to say no to One Direction's success.

"They were in our position two years ago, and if we can do what they’ve done - we wont be complaining" Jaymi chipped in.

Speaking backstage at the studios earlier this week, George Shelley revealed he's even been getting styling tips from Harry Styles.

He said: "He sent me a text saying your hair’s wicked – keep it the same, don’t let them change you, and you guys are wicked. Which is really nice to hear, obviously."

Jaymi remarked: "As much as there are similarities between us, hair-wise, we want to make a stamp on the fact that he’s not Harry, he's George.

"Hair is hair - it's about vocals, the band, and how we come together – not neccesarily what our hair looks like."

[cat c="the x factor"]The X Factor 2012[/cat] continues this Saturday and Sunday night on ITV1.

This weekend will see the remaining eleven finalists singing tracks with a Club Classics theme, while JLS and Labrinth will guest star on Sunday night's third live results show.

Browse pictures of the X Factor UK contestants below...

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