Mend gear up for second go at fame
Britain's Got Talent hopefuls The Mend said they are "better prepared" for their second crack at fame after being kicked off the X Factor last year.
The band, whose four members Kris, Jay, Dean and Craig met in Manchester, were disqualified from the singing show for having links to judge Gary Barlow, but feel their time to shine has come.
But they admitted the nerves got to them before performing in front of music mogul Simon Cowell who missed last year's X Factor because he was working on the US version of the show.
"This is the best we've ever seen BGT. I think we're better prepared this time, and we're enjoying every single minute," said Dean.
"Simon Cowell wasn't on the X Factor panel last year, and in the music industry there is no bigger name to perform for."
Cowell, who has rejoined the BGT panel alongside David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden, said The Mend "sounded great" after their version of soul hit (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay was aired on the show last week.
Kris said they were far from calm before their crucial BGT audition, despite their on-stage confidence.
He said: "We still get stage fright sometimes. It depends on the gig and who's there. We've done gigs where there have been six people there, but we just look at each and have a laugh. But when it's someone like Simon Cowell in front of you, you want to impress. You know it could be the be-all and end-all."
The band, under the management of ex-Take That manager Nigel Martin-Smith, are beginning to enjoy the trappings of their new-found fame.