Union J's Josh Cuthbert has said the X Factor putting George Shelley into their band was the best thing that ever happened to them.
He admitted taking part in the contest could be a big risk, but he was grateful for the show's guidance.
Josh said: "I always watched The X Factor, every year, so I knew what it was like and realised we had a lot to lose. If everyone saw us as failures, then that would be it for us. If there was something they suggested that would make us better, then we were all for it, and George being in the band is the best thing that's happened to us.
He and original bandmates JJ Hamblett and Jaymi Hensley, who entered the show as Triple J, had no problems with George joining them and their name change.
Josh said: "We thought it meant they believed in us, because if they didn't, they wouldn't worry about adding another member or a name change. The people who do the show are busy people, so they don't make a habit of wasting time. We became a new band that day, so George has been in the band since day one."
He added: "I don't think we'll be 'that band from The X Factor' much longer, just Union J, a great band with great songs."
:: Union J release their debut single Carry You on June 2. For more information, visit www.unionjofficial.com