Exclusive: X Factor's Andrea Faustini on Stereo Kicks split: "They deserved a chance"

Published Monday, Jul 20 2015, 17:10 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
X Factor star Andrea Faustini has said Stereo Kicks "deserved a chance" to make it in the music industry.

Eight-piece boyband Stereo Kicks announced their split over the weekend.

Following the release of their debut single, 'Love Me So', which reached Number 31 in the charts earlier this month, the band have decided to "continue their journeys individually".

X Factor boyband Stereo Kicks announce debut single - 20 April 2015.

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Stereo Kicks, who were formed as a band by Simon Cowell after originally auditioning as soloists, explained: "We have learnt first-hand just how tough the industry is as an unsigned act. Unfortunately, due to these circumstances, we are no longer able to carry on as a band."

Some of the boys are now expected to pursue solo careers.

Andrea took part in the 11th series of the ITV talent show along with Stereo Kicks, and he now tells Reveal that it's a shame they have split.

"It's quite sad," says Andrea. "Their single was very good and they're very hardworking guys so they deserved a chance. But I do think that they have a huge fanbase so this will be just the start for them.

"If they want to go solo, and they're happy to do it, then I think they will be fine."

Stereo Kicks - Barclay Beales, Chris Leonard, Casey Johnson, Jake Sims, James Graham, Charlie Jones, Reece Bibby and Tom Mann - were mentored by Louis Walsh on X Factor and stayed in the competition till the quarter finals after being voted off in week eight.

'Love Me So' was penned by band member Tom, and was released in association with Sony in a one-track deal, in the hope that chart success could lead to a permanent signing.

X Factor finalist Andrea Faustini today launched his debut album 'Kelly' on QVC - 20 July 2015.


Elsewhere, Andrea is currently promoting the release of his debut album, Kelly. The Italian singer, who finished in third place on The X Factor, announced he had signed a record deal with RCA records in February.

The first single to be taken from Kelly is called 'Give a Little Love', which Andrea performed live in the studio on QVC's The Morning Show.

Andrea Faustini's debut album, Kelly, is available at £10.50 on QVC - qvcuk.com.

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Watch Andrea's video for 'Give a Little Love' below:



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