Simon Cowell puts together X Factor supergroup

Simon Cowell is hoping for some more One Direction-style success after putting together a new boy band made up of eight failed 'X Factor' acts

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Simon Cowell has created the biggest 'X Factor' band ever by putting together eight solo acts.

The music mogul is hoping to achieve similar success as he has with One Direction - who were formed on the ITV talent show in 2010 - by forming a new all-male group after all eight impressed on their own but failed to make it through as solo artists.

A source said: "The boys were the strongest category by far at boot camp and it really hurt the judges to say goodbye to so much talent. In the end they decided to make the extra boys into one big group. Between the eight of them they've got everything they need to be a success."

The boy band don't have a name as yet but they have now gone away to see if they can gel as a group and become friends to help their success.

The source added to The Sun newspaper: "The boys have been told to go away and gel.

"They really need to find an identity they can all agree on and to become friends.

"One Direction might have been manufactured but it worked because they were friends and they went in as equals and none of them have huge egos. This new band needs to find the same thing."

Nicole Scherzinger famously suggested that solo singers Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik try out as a band when she was a guest judge on the Boot Camp stage of 'X Factor' in 2010, leading to the formation of One Direction.

She previously said: "I just thought, 'Wow, these boys!' None of them were strong enough to make it through, but they'd make a killer group. All the girls are going to want to see these guys in a band together."

Earlier this year, it was reported the group were worth £70 million making them the richest British band in music history.

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