It was the stuff of nightmares for Union J when they were nearly kicked off the X Factor in the Halloween-themed show this weekend.
The boys, including Luton’s Jaymi Hensley, got the fewest votes from the public and landed in the bottom two, but they were saved by the X Factor judges who sent Jade Ellis home instead.
Jaymi’s mum Jackie Hensley said the results were “traumatic” and is hoping Union J’s fans will be voting more next weekend.
Jackie said: “It was a bit of a suprise to see them in the bottom two. I don’t know what goes on behind the scenes but I think [the voting] kind of stalls, there’s no big drama about Union J and they’re not really bad, so maybe they get forgotten.
“I thought they were absolutely fantastic on Saturday. We were all going mental voting with everybody we knew, and all our friends are really supportive. It was a shame the sing-off was against Jade as she is lovely and I have become quite close with her family.”
After Union J’s rendition of Sweet Dreams by Beyonce on Saturday’s show they sang Perfect by Pink on Sunday, a performance which persuaded the judges to keep them in the competition.
Jackie said: “Jaymi was upset. They all know they could be in the bottom two any week and they are well prepared for it, but I think it’s really hard when it actually happens. I think the fans get complacent with the voting –it happened to One Direction one week when they were on the show in 2010.”
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