Gary Barlow has revealed his X Factor 2013 finalists, as the three top groups were revealed tonight.
First put through to the live shows was Kingsland Road, a five piece band made up of Josh (20), Connor (19), Thompson (22), Matt (25) and Jay (19) all from East London.
The boisterous, five best friends’ ultimate dream is to win The X Factor, take over America and then hopefully get their own bedrooms with bed-frames for their mattresses. They describe their music as ‘dirty feel good pop’ and the boys impressed in both their auditions, with Louis saying after their arena audition that it reminded him of when he saw Take That for the first time.
On getting through to the live shows, Thompson said: "We didn't think we were through. He compared us to Take That, which was absolutely amazing. He said he can see himself in us, and it reminds him of how he started. It's the biggest compliment we could ever have. Take That are pop royalty, that's amazing."
Rough Copy were also put through, made up of Ka` (24), Sterling (25) and Joey (27).
Rough Copy made it through to Judges’ Houses last year but had to pull out when Kaz was unable to travel due to visa issues. They re-entered the competition this year in the hope that Kaz’s visa issues could be resolved.
However when it looked like they wouldn’t be sorted in time for this year’s Judges’ Houses, the group decided to continue as a duo with Kaz leaving the competition.
After winning a place in the live shows on the basis of their strong performance at Judges’ Houses as a duo, Gary felt that the band would be better if they were reunited as a three piece for live shows. Kazeem was recently told that he was being given a second chance to perform with the boys as a trio in the live shows much to his and his band-mates’ delight.
On forming the group, Sterling recalled “Five years ago, me and Kaz were at a competition called South’s Got Talent in Croydon, he was dancing and I was singing and he came over and said ‘I like your voice, do you want to make a group?’”
Joey added: "I was in a club in Crawley performing on the stage and after I came off, Kaz approached me and asked me to join his group. I was a bit frightened at first, thinking ‘who is this random guy?’ I’d never really thought to be in a group, I thought it would be hassle but I joined and that’s our history.”
The final spot in Gary's final three went to newly formed girl group Miss Dynamix, made up of Jeanette, Rielle and SeSe. The urban girl band originally auditioned separately. SeSe was part of the group Dynamix with two other fellow band members, and Jeanette and Rielle auditioned separately in the girls’ category.
The judges saw something special in each of them and thought that they were far too talented to let slip from the competition, so Gary decided to put them together at the end of Bootcamp.
Jeanette said on getting through to the live shows: "It felt like Gary paused for an hour. He said, 'I don't know if it's going to work' and I just looked down. I didn't think we were through. I couldn't even look him in the eye. Afterwards I was like, 'Gary, you nearly killed me! Don't do that to us again!"
Rielle added: "I was crying before we even got up there. I didn't feel it had gone well. SeeSee: When he said it, I just fell to the ground. I couldn't hold it together."
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