X Factor boyband Union J wow with Beautiful semi-final performance

Union J took to the X Factor semi-final stage tonight, determined to prove they deserve a spot in next week’s final – and the judges couldn’t have been more complimentary about their heartfelt performance, which the boys dedicated to their loyal army of fans.

George Shelley (complete with guitar), Jaymi Hensley, JJ Hamblett and Josh Cuthbert sang Beneath Your Beautiful, which Labrinth and Emeli Sande had performed earlier on in the series.

As the audience went wild, Tulisa, who has no acts remaining in the competition, said: “I really, really liked that performance. I tell you what, something felt a little bit different about you guys there. Something felt mature about that. It was like you saying “we’re ready and we want to be in the final.”

Gary Barlow, who knows a thing or two about boybands, said: “Great performance – tonight you blended brilliantly. There’s a calm on stage tonight and I think labels are going to be fighting for you guys.” Praise indeed!

Nicole Scherzinger gushed: “What I love about you guys is that you’re cool, you’re individual, you’re not cheesy.”

And the lads’ mentor, Louis Walsh, couldn’t have been more proud as he told them: “Brilliant vocal performance. You’re the only act in this competition that everywhere you go is hysteria. JLS came from here, One Direction came form here, you are the next big boyband, Union J!”

Union J are no strangers to being in the bottom two, last week ending up there with their good friend Rylan Clark, but they have come back fighting and are determined to be, as Louis Walsh says, the “next big boyband”.

They had been Tweeting about their nerves and excitement ahead of the semi-final, with JJ writing: “Ahhh the act who gets the least votes goes tomorrow!! No bottom 2 or judges choice ! Sooo nervous! JJ xxxx #UnionJToTheFinal.”

Have Union J done enough to make it to the final? Could they follow in the successful footsteps of last year’s winning Group, Little Mix, and go on to take the X Factor crown? Find out how they get on when X Factor returns tomorrow night at 8pm.

You can download Union J’s performances from the Live Shows from iTunes.

You can also download the performances from the other acts too. And remember you can save your favourite act by voting for them on the X Factor website.

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