X Factor finalist and former Newmarket stable lad Jamie Hamblett and his Union J bandmates will bounce back with an “amazing song” after their first live performance was criticised by judges.
The 24 year old performed Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now with bandmates Josh Cuthbert, Jaymi Hensley and George Shelley in the first live show of the ITV1 talent show on Saturday.
And while the audience cheered and applauded the band, mentor Louis Walsh’s song choice proved unpopular with judges Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger and Tulisa Contostavlos.
Take That front man Gary Barlow said: “Louis you have destroyed their night. That was a catastrophic song choice, an awful version. It was so dated with the dancers. Louis, since you worked in the business boy bands have changed.”
But Jamie, who has worked for Newmarket trainers John Gosden, Sir Michael Stoute and Ed Vaughan, said the judges’ comments had made the band “push for success” in the next live show, which will be broadcast on Saturday at 8.20pm.
Speaking to the Journal, he said: “We had so much fun with the song. It wasn’t necessarily the right song for us, but I suppose that the comments from the judges have just made us push for success even more and work harder for the upcoming weeks.
“We have got an amazing song prepared and are so excited to be able to perform it. We are really focusing on making sure that before we walk on to that stage on Saturday night we have prepared ourselves as much as we can, and are 100 per cent happy with everything we have done.
“We have been rehearsing non-stop.”
The theme for Saturday night’s show will be love and heartbreak. Viewers will be able to vote for their favourite acts throughout the weekend and the results will be announced on Sunday night.
Jamie said: “We have so much more to give. We have only been together for a short period of time and we just want all of you to vote and give us the chance we need to prove ourselves to you all.
“Please pick up the phone and support Union J.”
Last week, the Journal launched a campaign to encourage our readers to support Union J during the live shows. You can find your free, full-page Union J poster on Page 59.
Follow the band on Twitter @UnionJofficial.