X Factor: meet the twelve finalists through to the live shows


X Factor: meet the twelve finalists through to the live shows

The Groups – Kingsland Road

Members: Josh (20), Connor (19), Thompson (22), Matt (25), Jay (19)

Occupation: Josh (Bartender), Connor (Bartender), Thompson (Sales Assistant), Matt (Bartender), Jay (Waiter)

Despite the five boys previously living together in a cramped, shared house in East London where three of the boys shared one room and the other two shared another, the boys still felt as though they were 'living the dream'.

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. In the lead up to Judges' Houses, Kingsland found themselves rehearsing so much that they lost their jobs.

"Gary compared us to Take That, which was absolutely amazing," said Thompson. "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."

"I think we're self-confessed boy band geeks," said Josh. "We like The Wanted, One Direction — we like everybody."

"We spoke to Nathan from The Wanted once. We saw him in New Look and were like 'oh my God let's get a photo with him'," said Connor. "I was shaking. He then followed me on Twitter and Thompson cried because he didn't follow him." Photo: © ITV