As fans of The X Factor will know, boy band Union J – who began their X Factor journey at trio Triple J before singer George Shelley joined the group – were mentored on the show by Louis Walsh, and it had been assumed that he would oversee their career once X Factor ended.
However, according to The Sun today, the Union J band members, Josh Cuthbert, JJ Hamblett, Jaymi Hensley and, as mentioned, George, have had meeting with JLS singer Ortise Williams with a view to him becoming their manager.
A source close to the band told the paper, “The boys had a massive wobble over Louis Walsh.
“Louis has management experience but Oritse has youth and the knowledge of being in their shoes on his side…
“People think Louis is past it for a band like this.”
The paper adds that Union J “have had a bigger response from fans after X Factor than One Direction.”
And as we reported yesterday, Union J had to be escorted by police in Shrewsbury last week after they were met by hysterical fans at a venue where they were to sing live.
And of course, they’re only set to become bigger as it’s been reported they’re about to be signed to Sony.
Paul Hamblett, who is JJ’s father, is quoted by the Newmarket Journal as saying, “They are crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s at the moment.
“They have some shows coming up, but hopefully they are going to sign in the next few days. It is going to be big.
“It’s nice to know they aren’t left high and dry, which a lot of groups often are.
“They are making their way.”
And Jamie added, “We’re so excited to see what’s going to happen. We want to get signed, we want to make an album and get touring Britain so we can build our fan base.”
Here’s a reminder of the lads on the show…