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Gay Times March 14 - Issue 430


Kings of the road.

In a world where every girl and boyband has been media trained to the point where each word they utter has been vetted, analysed and approved, Kingsland Road are a godsend. Because JJ Thompson, 22, Jay Scott, 19, Josh Zare, 20, Joe ‘Connor’ Conaboy, 19 and Matt Cahill, 23 all have a refreshingly old-school approach to interviews. They believe if they’re being fake, then their collective 484,000 Twitter followers will see straight through them. So instead, it’s honesty all the way – no matter what subject GT throws at them in our sex issue. Formed by college pals Connor and Josh, they discovered the remaining three boys on YouTube and put Kingsland Road together. Months later, they were standing nervously in front of Gary Barlow, Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne and Louis Walsh singing Don’t You Worry Child. Mentored by the overlord of all boybands, Take That’s Gary, they should have sailed through to the finals. Instead, a poor choice of songs by producers meant they were booted out by week four.

Did you put the group together specifically for The X Factor?

Connor: It never actually crossed our minds to enter. Then the opportunity came along and we thought it was too good to miss.
Josh: If anything, at the start we were against it, because it wasn’t the route we wanted to take. Well, me and Thompson weren’t fully on it at first.
Thompson: I wasn’t sure because I’d auditioned for it previously and I didn’t want to do it again. We wanted to see how far we could get off our own backs. We were getting there but we just needed that extra little exposure… a bit more of a push.
Josh: It was a case of let’s do the first audition and see what happens, but we just kept getting through. And the further we went, the more we wanted to make it to the live shows.

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