Saturday 16 December 2017

'I blame Louis entirely' - Stereo Kicks' James blames Louis Walsh for band's failure to progress on X Factor

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Stereo Kicks singer James Graham has laid the blame for the band's X Factor failure squarely at the door of mentor Louis Walsh.

Stereo Kicks, an eight piece boyband formed by Simon Cowell from solo artists on X Factor last season, last week announced they would split having released just one single.

And James feels that Louis Walsh is responsible for the group - Chris Leonard, Barclay Beales, Charlie Jones, Jake Sims, Casey Johnson, Tom Mann, Reece Bibby, and James - failing to progress beyond week eight.

Speaking to Digital Spy ahead of their last gig at Thorpe Park today (July 25), James said, "I personally, I'll be brutally honest and the boys might not want me to say this, but I think I blame Louis entirely.

Stereo Kicks get booted off
Stereo Kicks get booted off

"I think he didn't support us. I think he had his mind elsewhere, naming nothing, his other boyband... I think he was concentrating on them. He didn't want another boyband to come through maybe. I dunno, that's just guessing.

"But he didn't give us what he could have given us. He was great, Louis was great, he was awesome and I still talk to him now. But I just think he might have had other commitments, that's all."

However, James also blamed some other members of the band for not working hard enough on the show.

"There were certain people who didn't quite give it what they should have given it in the band," he said.

Stereo Kicks performing
Stereo Kicks performing

"If we'd have all given what we can give now, we've worked so hard over the last few months. If we'd have done that on the show, I'd go as far to say as we might have even got to the final."

James revealed he intends to pursue a solo career now that the band has split having failed to secure a record deal.

Despite feeling Louis did not support Stereo Kicks James did praise X Factor for the show's overall support during the series and beyond.

"Throughout the show they gave us a lot of support. As an eight-piece boyband it's difficult to work out what you're doing," he said.

"They helped us out a lot. After the show they helped us out a lot, we were still working with people from X Factor a lot, even on the single we knew the people we were working with."

X Factor supergroup Stereo Kicks split after just one single  

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