“It happened, it’s television. Despite certain reports, I didn’t say anything about people trying to get me out of the competition.
“Because we are all winners at the end of the day. I’ve been showcased on television. These things happen,” 28-year-old Liverpudlian Russell told us.
“I don’t think ITV would want to waste money and time to mess up any one particular act. There are way too many people behind the scenes.
“Technical glitches do happen, and it is beyond anyone’s control,” 24-year-old Jamaican Dalton Andre Harris added.
The boys have the first-time judge and former X Factor contestant Louis Tomlinson as their mentor. Harris said he’s surprised at how ‘real’ and ‘supportive’ Tomlinson has been.
“Going in I thought it would be more business geared but I think it’s a bit more personal with Louis. Today I feel a bit iffy about certain things and I’m able to text him and get an almost instant response,” he said.
While 21-year-old Brendan Murray from Galway says Tomlinson often relays One Direction stories and examples when giving guidance.
“At his house, we had dinner with him and he told us about the early One Direction days. He told us how nervous they were in their first rehearsals, it was nice to hear that side of the story,” Murray said.
And they’ve already got some X Factor winner fans.
“James Arthur reached out to me and offered his support – he’s a good lad!” Russell said.
“Little Mix reached out which is crazy. They think I’m a good singer which is just so flattering to me! I met them and they said they were rooting for me!” Harris added