Exclusive: X Factor's Matt Terry, Ryan Lawrie and Freddy Parker joke over critics: "It keeps you grounded"

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Since appearing on The X Factor, Matt Terry, Ryan Lawrie and Freddy Parker haven't been short of fans, but all that extra attention has seen the boys subject to some criticism too...

They're not totally against the negative comments, though.

We caught up with the boys ahead of their first X Factor live show and they revealed their critics do provide a purpose. Matt joked: "It keeps you quite grounded."

Freddy Parker, Matt Terry and Ryan Lawrie, The X Factor
8 October

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Speaking exclusively to Reveal, the 23-year-old revealed: "I've had people saying to me, 'Corr, look at the state of your barnet.'"

And he's not the only one, laughing the comments off, Freddy told us: "My topknot. That got a lot of hate."

Oh, boys. If that's the only thing they have to say, then surely you're winning, right?

Ryan, meanwhile, told us that he isn't phased by the odd online critic. "For every bad comment, there are twenty good comments," he said. "Focus on the good and forget about the bad. It's so overwhelming that people stop you for a picture and comment how much you mean to them."

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Freddy added: "It's really surreal, we've come from basically zero followers to having thousands. You see the numbers, but you don't think there's actually people behind them!"

"The support has been incredible," Matt gushed. "It's been crazy, but good crazy. It's pretty cool."

The boys are being mentored by Nicole Scherzinger this year, and they took to the stage to perform live for the first time on Saturday night (8 October).

While Ryan (who is dating fellow contestant Emily Middlemas) sang One Direction's 'Perfect', Freddy performed 'Killing Me Softly' and Matt gave his own rendition of 'You Don't Own Me'.

Freddy Parker, The X Factor
8 October


Freddy had played the piano during his performance.

All three boys made it through the first public vote, but it was a close call for Freddy who found himself in the bottom three. Unlike other series, during the first results show, Dermot announced the bottom three acts and viewers had just one advert break to vote for their favourite out of the trio to stay.

Luckily for Freddy, he was the viewers choice and Bratvaio and Saara Alto had to sing again. Following their performances, Bratavio were sent home after Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and Nicole all chose to save Saara.

Bratavio, made up of Bradley Hunt and Ottavio Columbro, have said they expected to be first to leave the competition and they're now hoping to get into TV presenting and win a place on Big Brother instead!

Freddy, meanwhile, took to Twitter to thank his supporters for saving him. He tweeted: "From the bottom of my heart thank you so much to everyone who voted to keep me in. It means everything to me."

The X Factor continues Saturday 15 October on ITV.

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