X Factor’s Only The Young on Mikey’s fauxmance with Lola Saunders and being MASSIVELY star-struck by Louis Tomlinson

The foursome also reckon Simon Cowell's not NEARLY as scary IRL as he is on telly...


by Emmeline Saunders |
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They’ve had a precarious couple of weeks in The X Factor, but Only The Young managed to pull it back this weekend with an excellent rendition of Monster Mash for Saturday night’s Halloween-themed Fright Night.

We caught up with the foursome – Mikey Bromley, Betsy-Blue English, Charlie George and Parisa Tarjomani - at the KISS FM Haunted House Party, and got chatting to them about all things X Factor – and why they’re obsessed with One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson…

So welcome to KISS FM’s Haunted House Party! Are you going to let your hair down?

Only The Young: “It’s our only night out we’ve had in so long! There’s no time to do anything in the house, everyone’s either filming or out doing stuff, so as soon as we get in everyone goes to bed and that’s it! It sounds really boring. It is, it is kinda boring really.

Charlie: I go downstairs in the morning to make a cup of tea and there’s literally no one there. I’m like, what, there are 30 people living in this house, where is everyone?

**And what’s the deal with Mikey and Lola Saunders? **

OTY: What is this? Where is this coming from?!

Mikey: There’s nothing to explain. I walked out of the studio and smiled, but the camera angle looked like I’d Eskimo-kissed her, which I didn’t. Lola’s got a boyfriend anyway. Lola and I laugh about it, we couldn’t believe it when we saw it in the papers as well, we were like, ‘Have you seen this?’ and she said, ‘No, did we actually touch noses?’ I was like, ‘No, I don’t think we did anyway…’

You’re rapidly becoming household names, but when was the last time you got star-struck?

Charlie: I got star-struck by Louis Tomlinson today. It was so weird, I was walking down the corridor and you walk past him and you’re like, ‘…hi!’ and then just carry on walking, and it’s like, ‘Oh my god, that’s Louis Tomlinson!’ I just went and sat in the corner and screamed.

Has he given you any tips on handling the X Factor process?

OTY: He’s got great advice – we spoke to him as a band a couple of days ago and obviously he’s been through the experience. He just said stick together as a four, which we’re fine with – we’re four best friends and we’ve been doing this for two years, so we’ve got each other’s backs.

And what can you tell us about Simon Cowell – is he as scary in person as he is on telly?

OTY: He’s actually the nicest man ever – he pretends to be really nasty but he actually loves puppies!

GALLERY: The 15 most eccentric X Factor finalists ever!


15 most eccentric X Factor finalists ever!

Chico, series 21 of 15

Chico, series 2

Finest moment: Chico Time

Same Difference, series 42 of 15

Same Difference, series 4

Finest moment: Wake Me Up Before You Go Go:

Rhydian Roberts, series 43 of 15

Rhydian Roberts, series 4

Finest moment: Phantom Of The Opera

Jedward, series 64 of 15

Jedward, series 6

Finest moment: Ghostbusters

Storm Lee, series 75 of 15

Storm Lee, series 7

Finest moment: We Built This City

Katie Waissel, series 76 of 15

Katie Waissel, series 7

Finest moment: Don't Give Up On Me aka "Sod it"

Nicolo Festa, series 77 of 15

Nicolo Festa, series 7

Finest moment: Just Dance

Diva Fever, series 78 of 15

Diva Fever, series 7

Finest moment: Barbra Streisand

Wagner, series 79 of 15

Wagner, series 7

Finest moment: She Bangs/Love Shack:

X_Factor_Series_8_Johnny_Robinson10 of 15


Kitty Brucknell, series 811 of 15

Kitty Brucknell, series 8

Finest moment: Who Wants To Live Forever

2 Shoes, series 812 of 15

2 Shoes, series 8

Finest moment: Something Kinda Ooooh

Rylan Clark, series 913 of 15

Rylan Clark, series 9

Finest moment: Spice Girls medley

Blonde Electra, series 1114 of 15

Blonde Electra, series 11

Finest moment: Kids In America

Stevi Ritchie, series 1115 of 15

Stevi Ritchie, series 11

Finest moment: Livin' La Vida Loca

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