X Factor 2012: Union J are GLAD they didn’t win saying “Losers do better than winners!” But they add word of warning over Chris Maloney

by Lynn Rowlands

As fans of The X Factor will know, boy band Union J left the competition last weekend, narrowly missing out on a place in the final, which airs this coming weekend. By the way, you can click here to read our X Factor 2012 final spoilers!

However, the band members, George Shelley, Jaymi Hensley, JJ Hamblett and Josh Cuthbert, have no regrets because, as they rightly point out, very often the acts that don’t win the show go on to do better than the winners!

You only have to look at the amazing success of One Direction, JLS and Olly Murs to know that that is in fact that case, while former winners such as Joe McElderry, Steve Brookstein and Leon Jackson haven’t done quite so well.

Speaking to The Sun about being axed during the semi-finals, Jaymi said, “Nine times out of ten it is actually better not to win…

“It is exciting times for Union J. We get the option to really work on our artistry.

“We get the time but not the pressure of being the winners to really sit down and work out
what style of music we want to do and make us a brand.

“We have got a lot of positives out of this and they outweigh the negatives.”

And Josh added, “We hope this is just the start of Union J’s career and hopefully we can go on and do what One Direction and JLS have done.”

But while appearing on Daybreak yesterday – right after their fellow former finalist Rylan Clark presented his first showbiz news slot – the lads revealed that they believe The X Factor’s credibility could be damaged if Chris Maloney wins.

Jaymi said, “I don’t think it would do amazingly well for the show if Chris won, but then again, it is the public vote, so they’re keeping him in.”

He added, “I don’t think Chris would be a bad winner, but this year’s been a massive year for talent, incredible, and, not saying he’s not credible, but I think there’s been a difference this year to other years.”

Here’s a look at the lads’ interview on Daybreak yesterday…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is a trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, Big Brother, BGT and I'm A Celeb.