Claire Richards hits back at X Factor's Simon Cowell after he mocks Steps

Published Monday, Sep 1 2014, 12:56 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Steps singer Claire Richards has hit back at Simon Cowell after he appeared to mock the 90s pop group on last night's X Factor.

As the new series of the ITV talent show kicked off over the weekend, music mogul Simon admitted that he'd like to find another group like Steps, after watching teenage band Only The Young audition.

Claire Richards outside the ITV Studios, London, United Kingdom.


X Factor Press Launch held at the Ham Yard Hotel - Arrivals.


After giving Only The Young a pass through to the next round, Simon continued to praise the four piece once they left the room.

Simon told his fellow judges: "I actually would like to find another Steps... but just with better people in it."

Steps – made up of Claire, Faye Tozer, Lisa Scott-Lee, Ian 'H' Watkins and Lee Latchford-Evans – achieved a string of chart topping hits after being signed by Jive Records between 1997 and 2001.

The pop sensations are known for their catchy songs like '5,6,7,8', 'Tragedy' and 'One for Sorrow'.

Steps reformed in 2011 for a new documentary where they released a greatest hits album and emabarked on a sellout UK tour. They took another break at the end of 2012 to pursue personal projects.

Taking to Twitter last night (31 August) during The X Factor episode, Claire said: "What Simon!!!!! Maybe you should have signed us when you had the chance???!"

Steps (L-R) Lisa Scott Lee, Ian H Watkins, Faye Tozer, Lee Latchford Evans and Claire Richard perform on stage at the 'Party In The Park' concert in Hyde Park on July 4, 1999 in London.

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Steps have sold 20 million records and achieved 14 consecutive Top 5 singles. (L-R Lisa, Ian, Faye, Lee and Claire).

Soon after, Ian retweeted Claire's response.

Many fans also commented on Simon's remark. One said: "That was so rude and disrespectful from him." Meanwhile, another commented: "Please, it was a bit of banter."

Also on the show, Big Reunion star Linzi Martin, who found fame in Girl Thing in the 90s, auditioned in front of the judges. Meanwhile, TOWIE star Jasmin Walia's audition was shown on Xtra Factor.

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Watch Only The Young audition below: