Groups find Judges' Houses overwhelming

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 September 2012
Louis Walsh

Louis Walsh

'X Factor' hopefuls Poisonous Twins could "hardly speak" at their Judges' Houses audition, while reinstated Union J have experienced a "rollercoaster" of emotions

'X Factor' hopefuls Poisonous Twins could "hardly speak" at their Judges' Houses audition.

The duo - friends Sophie Houghton and Stephanie McMichael - were thrilled to make it through to the next stage of the competition but admit performing for their mentor Louis Walsh and his assistant Sharon Osbourne was a daunting task.

Sophie explained: "It is definitely one of the scariest things I've ever done, I could barely even speak when I got there, but it means so much to both of us.

"This is something really close to our hearts because we love to sing."

Two more acts that are grateful to be in the competition are Union J and Times Red, who were brought back after group Rough Copy ran into visa issues and were cut.

Union J member Jamie Hamblett is glad to be back, but says the group have been through a "rollercoaster" of emotions.

He said: "It has just been an amazing experience. It has been a massive rollercoaster for us because we got kicked off then we got brought back in."

Meanwhile, though Scott Richie of Times Red is happy to be back, he hopes the female attention he and his good-looking bandmates have received won't be a drawback against their music.

He said: "[The attention] a bit overwhelming and embarrassing, to be honest. We used to be in a boy band and the way we looked was a hindrance because no one would take us seriously.

"There is more to us than pretty faces. We write our own music. We came up with the arrangement for the songs we've done on 'The X Factor'."

Joining them in Louis' final seven are Mitsotu, Duke, MK1 and GMD3.

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