Union J are an amazing English four-piece boy band who are based in London, United Kingdom. The group consists of members Josh Cuthbert, JJ Hamblett, Jaymi Hensley and George Shelley, who were formed through the ninth series of British television singing competition The X Factor in 2012. They subsequently signed a recording contract with Sony Music's division RCA Records, and released their first studio album, Union J, on October 28, 2013.
2012: Formation, The X FactorEdit
The band first began as a trio (Triple J) consisting of Josh Cuthbert, JJ Hamblett and Jaymi Hensley. Cuthbert and Hensley had initially met through studying at the Sylvia Young Theatre School, where they later decided to form a group with Hamblett. The trio first auditioned at The X Factor with a performance of Barbadian recording artist, Rihanna's "We Found Love", whilst Shelley covered an acoustic version of Britney Spears' "Toxic". Both acts progressed to Bootcamp, but were not chosen to compete at Judges' Houses. However, following Rough Copy's forced withdrawal from the competition, Triple J's manager, Blair Dreelan was contacted by producers of the series, with an offer for the group to return and contend in Los Angeles - on the basis that Shelley were added to the band. Later rebranded Union J - the band's first performance as a four-piece saw them perform Carly Rae Jepsen's international hit "Call Me Maybe". This earnt them a place in the Live Shows, along with acts District3 and MK1. Although finding themselves in the bottom two for three weeks during the series, Union J progressed to the semi-finals, ultimately leaving the series in fourth position.