The Wanted's Tom Parker: Competing with 1D is 'impossible'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 July 2014
Tom Parker

Tom Parker

The Wanted's Tom Parker believes it is 'impossible' for other bands to compete with One Direction

Tom Parker says it is "impossible" to compete with One Direction.

The 25-year-old singer admitted that The Wanted - who announced they were taking "a break" from each other earlier this year following their worldwide 'Word of Mouth' tour - struggled to keep up with the 'Kiss You' hitmakers' success.

He told Digital Spy: "For The Wanted to try and compete against one of the biggest bands in the world - One Direction - it's almost impossible.

"I don't think any band out there can compete with them at the moment."

Meanwhile, Tom insists that the group - which also includes Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness and Nathan Sykes - remain good friends and says their decision to go their separate ways was born out of each member wanting to do their "own thing".

He explained: "I played guitar when I was younger and that kind of took a back seat when I was in the band.

"Obviously when you're in a band like that it's a product at the end of the day, and you're a boyband and that's what you do, even though we'd say, 'We don't wanna dance and we don't wanna do this'.

"Ultimately it probably wasn't a route I would've wanted to go down myself, so it's nice to come out of it and experiment in the studio and do my own thing for a while, which is cool."

The 'Walks Like Rihanna' hitmaker also hinted that a reunion could still be on the cards in the future.

When asked if there's a chance that The Wanted will release new material in the future, Tom said: "I think so, yeah. It's just timing at the end of the day."

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