On Sunday night (30 November), Stereo Kicks bowed out of the competition after ending up in the sing-off with Cheryl's act Lauren Platt.
Louis Walsh stood by his boys and sent Lauren home, and Mel followed choosing to save Stereo Kicks. Both Cheryl and Simon Cowell chose to save Lauren.
However, Cheryl seemed surprised by Mel's choice, indirectly saying: "I find it amazing how the critques have been a certain way over the past few weeks and then when it comes to this part it changes. That amazes me."
Speaking to Reveal this morning, Stereo Kicks' Barclay Beales, Chris Leonard, Casey Johnson, Jake Sims, James Graham, Tom Mann, Charlie Jones and Reece Bibby, think Cheryl's comments weren't justified.
"You've got to judge it on what happens in the sing-off," the boys tell us. "I'm pretty sure Mel's given Lauren criticism as well. She doesn't make that decision prior to the sing-off."
Irish singer Chris, adds: "That comment was pretty harsh because the judges' critiques change all the time."
The band also say that Cheryl has "never really been our biggest fan". Jake tells us: "At the beginning Mel wasn't really our biggest fan, but eventually we did win her over. I don't think Cheryl ever took to us though."
On Xtra Factor last night, Mel defended her decision, saying: "I think Lauren is great, which is why I said, 'Don't go to me next'. I needed two more seconds to think about it. But you know what? Those eight boys, there's just something special about them. There is a reason why we as a team put them together.
"There's a reason why they [remained] each week. Whether they were in the bottom two or not, they still delivered every week. I had to follow my heart, even though it was Cheryl's girl and I'm all about girl power."
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