The Keys to success: Gary Barlow finds next Mark Owen on X Factor
Liverpool has long been known for its musical talent and this year the X Factor team visited the city for the first time in search of the next big thing.
In particular the four judges, Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland Tulisa Contostavlos and Louis Walsh were looking for talented groups.
After the success of former X Factor group JLS the new contestants have a lot to live up to and boyband royalty Gary Barlow admitted that the search hadn’t been going well, saying: “I’m frustrated with the bands. Every one of them.”
That is until the judges met new boy group The Keys who are Rohan 24, Lewis 23, Charlie 26, Nick 25 and Dan 24.
They told Dermot backstage what they think of the new show format saying: “We’re definitely excited about the new judges, because they’ve all got band backgrounds... We’re really looking forward to singing in front of Gary Barlow, because he was in one of the most famous boybands ever, so it’s going to be really interesting what he’s got to say about us.”
But what would the boyband veteran and this year’s toughest judge think of The Keys?
Perhaps hoping that a bit of flattery might improve their chances the boys told the judges: “There’s one band that we’d love to emulate in terms of their success and longevity, which is Take That. I think everybody would agree with that one.”
Fellow judge Kelly Rowland asked them: “Do you feel a bit of pressure because you’re singing in front of Gary?”
To which the young singers replied: “Yes, definitely!” before performing Aloe Blacc’s ‘I Need a Dollar’.
It seemed like the judges’ prayers for a band had finally been answered and music mogul Louis Walsh, who mentored JLS, told the ecstatic singers: “We’ve been waiting for a group like you guys.”
Meanwhile N-Dubz star Tulisa told them: “You could see that it was so well-rehearsed. The harmonies were right and everything was tight. You tore up the stage.”
But the vote that counted most for the boys was that of their hero Gary Barlow who said: “Guys, that was magnificent.”
He went onto compare one of the singers Charlie to fellow Take That member Mark Owen telling the delighted contestant: “I love your voice. You’ve individually got great voices and you work as a team. The vocals are beautiful, they’re smooth, you’ve really worked hard. I just thought it was awesome, well done, fantastic.”
With four yes votes the The Keys were put through to the next round, but what do you think? Could they be the next Take That? Are they as good as JLS? Leave us a comment below and let us know what you think.