Union J
Contestant Profile


Category Groups
Mentor Louis Walsh
Placement 4/13
Union J are a four-member English male pop vocal group consisting of members Josh Cuthbert, JJ Hamlet, Jaymi Hensley and George Shelley.

Initially rejected at bootcamp as soloist and group Triple J in Series 9 of The X Factor UK, they were put together as a group and were mentored by Louis Walsh.

Due to the eliminations of MK1 and District3, Union J were the only act left in their category. They were eliminated in the semi final, finishing in 4th place.


Post The X Factor

They released 4 successive top 10 singles, even after being dropped by RCA after the first album peaked at 6th, following pop ballad "Carry You" and "Beautiful Life" penned by John Lillygreen, who would audition for X Factor in 2017. Once Union J joined Epic in 2014, those were followed up by Roy Stride penned "Tonight (We live Forever)", which made the top 10 but fell out of the top 70 the following week, and "You Got it All", penned by Nasri Atweh, who had a major hit with "Rude" the preceding summer, a well-liked pop ballad which climbed to the top of the charts after its performance on UK Series 11, only to be narrowly beaten to number 1, and become the first ever song to not top the UK charts despite receiving most sales. Their second album didn't make the top 20 in spite of this success, and touring with Selena Gomez and the Vamps, and George Shelly left the band in early 2016, after being on I'm a Celeb, Stereo Kicks member Casey Johnson briefly taking his place before him and Josh both left and Union J have released new music as a duo.

UK Series 9 Finalists
Carolynne PooleChristopher MaloneyDistrict3Ella HendersonJade EllisJahméne DouglasJames ArthurKye SonesLucy SpragganMelanie MassonMK1Rylan ClarkUnion J