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Only The Young: No fun in X Factor

The X Factor's Only The Young have said the show will be missing the "fun factor" without them.

The pop quartet - Betsy Blue English, Mikey Bromley, Charlie George and Parisa Tarhomani - were the latest act to get the boot from the ITV show, along with Simon Cowell's act Stevi Ritchie.

And the group claimed that the programme could lack some energy, now that the two acts have left the competition.

"We focused on the fun, high-energy and upbeat performances, same as Stevi, so now that we're both gone, I do feel like the fun element will be missed," Charlie said.

Only The Young, who launched Bluewater's Winter Wonderland today (November 28), admitted it was a "shock" when they became the first act to be axed during last weekend's double elimination, with the lowest public votes.

"I think no matter where you come, it's always a shock when you leave. Especially when you get to this point," Mikey said.

"You look around and think anyone left could be a recording artist, so anyone leaving is a massive shock. At least we don't have to worry about that any more."

Betsy Blue added: "We were disappointed to leave. We were having an amazing time but at the same time, we are just really excited to get out there and show the type of artist we are. We had a really great time. We had loads of fun and loved being energetic on stage because that's what we're about as a group."

The group, who are working on their debut single, said they are now backing Fleur East to win the competition, although they reckon Lauren Platt could make it as a "pop star".

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