X Factor 2013: Next of Kin say of their previously failed music careers, “We were kids and taken advantage of” adding “Mum and dad lost everything”

by Lynn Rowlands

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Fans of The X Factor will know that during last night’s show, brothers Nathan, Mark and Kieran Bass auditioned as Next of Kin, and wowed the judges when they sang their own song, Can’t Find Me…

Their amazing audition came after the brothers revealed that their current shot at X Factor glory is their “last hope” after their first stab at making it in the music biz ended in disaster.

And though we didn’t hear too many details about why things had gone so badly wrong for the lads in the late nineties, they did reveal that at the height of their fame, they toured with Britney Spears, Westlife and Boyzone…

However, their careers came to a grinding halt when they were dropped by record label Universal just a year after the Smash Hits tour, and while speaking to the Daily Star Sunday, the talented siblings have revealed that the price they and their parents paid for that brief foray into the world of music was a heavy one.

The paper states, “Thirteen years on, the guitar band impressed all four judges on last night’s show with a song penned by their mum Diane, 61.”

Last night, of what happened to end their seemingly promising careers, Nathan explained, “We were kids and were taken advantage of…

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“Our parents didn’t really know anything about the music industry either and it all fell apart.

“Westlife and Boyzone had Louis Walsh and went on to massive things, but we had to go back to school.”

He added, “It was horrendous for quite a few years. Everyone said we’d failed, but we didn’t fail.

“We believe our management failed us.

“Our mum and dad lost everything. They lost their house.

“Dad had to go back to carpet fitting and we all went back to help him.

“We went from a four-bed detached house to a two-bed terrace which we rented.

“We all shared a bedroom and we had to sell off all our furniture to charity shops because it wouldn’t fit in the new place.”

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Nathan continued, “Our parents felt guilty, even though they had no reason to. I think that’s why we’ve never given up.”

And while discussing their first X Factor audition – which moved judge Nicole Scherzinger to tears – Nathan remarked, “The comments [from the judges] at the audition felt like 13 years of baggage lifted from our shoulders.

“It was an incredibly hard time for us. We were kids and didn’t understand.

“It could’ve made us bitter, but we don’t want to carry that with us.

“We try and see the funny side of it.”

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Well here’s hoping that Next of Kin will now go on to get the recognition they deserve. And given how incredible they sound, it’s hard to imagine that they won’t!

I’m going to be meeting up with the lads tomorrow, so if you have any questions for them, put them into the comment box below and I’ll ask them for you.

For now, here’s a reminder of their stunning audition…

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.