If any band other than The X Factor’s Union J dared to say they wanted to be bigger than One Direction, we'd think they had ideas waaaaaaaay above their station.
But these dashing young fellas – George Shelley, 19, Josh Cuthbert, 20, Jaymi Hensley, 22, and JJ Hamblett, 24 – are heading in the right direction if they want to follow in 1D’s footsteps, despite being in the bottom two on Sunday.
In an exclusive interview with heat, Josh tells us: “I’m not sure it’s possible to be any bigger than One Direction, but that would be amazing – that would be the dream.”
There are constant hordes of screaming girls lined up outside their London hotel, the Corinthia, (they've even had to increase security!) which is making Union J’s mentor Louis Walsh believe that Simon Cowell sees them as a “threat” to the Live While We’re Young lads.
“It’s amazing for someone so powerful to be threatened by you, but I’m not sure if Louis is just winding us up!
“If we can be half as successful as One Direction, we’ll be chuffed.”
However the boys are keen to emphasise that they’re not trying to copy 1D.
“What make us different to One Direction? Um, we’re a four-piece, they’re a five,” jokes JJ.
“No, we do different music. We’re just different.” Josh adds.
“They’re very young-poppy. We’re a bit like a young Maroon 5.”
One thing that does strike us as similar about Union J and 1D is a certain member’s hairdo.
George reveals to heat that he recently resisted pressure to cut off his trademark ‘do after advice from Harry Styles himself.
“He just said, ‘Don’t do it’, so I listened to him.”
But who has the nicer locks – George or Harry?
“He does, doesn’t he?” says George. His hair is famous!”
Read the full story in this week’s heat magazine – out now!